As experienced foster/adoptive parents, our community-based liaisons understand what you are going through. They are available to answer all your questions from the perspective of someone who has gone through the process. They can connect you with training’s and resources, assist with your licensing application packet, and provide any other assistance you may need during your journey to becoming a foster parent.

Fostering Together liaisons are also available to support licensed and relative caregivers in their community. Whether you need help navigating the DSHS system or just want to talk to someone who understands the challenges you face as a caregiver, our liaisons are here to help. And with over 35 community-based support groups throughout Western Washington, there are people in your area who want to make sure you get the support and training you need to parent the children in your care. These groups are open to all licensed families, relative caregivers, and those considering becoming a foster parent.

Fostering Together liaisons are passionate about making a difference in the lives of caregivers and their foster children. For support, please enter your zip code for your community based liaison’s contact information.


Leeann Marshel

Region 3 Program Supervisor

Serves: Region 3

Leeann is passionate about working with foster families and children. She looks forward to partnering with DCFS and community partners including CPA’s, Non-Profit organizations and churches to create community based supports for caregivers.

Regina Hopkins

Native American Outreach Liaison

Serves: Region 3

Regina has worked with local tribes mainly in the Social Services department and school settings, working with Native American children and youth. She also dedicated several years serving as a TRIO counselor. A volunteer for the Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee (ICWA)/Child Protective Team (CPT), Regina is dedicated and excited to helping Native American children and their families in this new role. Regina is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and also a decedent of the Quinault Nation.

Teneille Carpenter

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Grays Harbor County

Teneille is devoted to helping foster families. She knows in order for foster children to thrive foster families need support. Teneille has been a foster parent for 15 years. She is looking forward to recruiting foster parents and supporting foster current families.


Niki Hatzenbuehler

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Mason & Thurston County

As a Liaison, Niki is passionate about recruiting new families and partnering with community based supports to ensure that no child is left without a stable home and no foster family is left without a support system. She encourages families to compassionately care for the caseworker, the biological family of the child and other stakeholders in the child’s life whenever possible, as each person is critical in the successful development of a child in care.

Niki Johnson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Pacific County

As a secretary at a local church for over 20 years, Niki sees the need in the community and wants to bring more awareness of the need for more foster families. Niki is passionate about supporting foster families and the children they bring in to their homes, especially during the up’s and down’s of foster care.

Linda Cortani

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Jefferson & Clallam County

Linda believes that every child should have a chance to thrive and have the support they need to build a positive future. She looks forward to recruiting new foster parents and supplying caregivers with the support they need. Foster parent since 2010.

Rachelle Ireton

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Cowlitzs, Wahkiakum & Lewis Counties

Rachelle is very compassionate about developing community relationships that will further build and support our foster care family as a whole. Families to love and nurture our children. Communities to love and support our families. Education and resources for our biological families.  Awareness, so that every child has the opportunity to experience love and stability.


Kim Glover

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Clark and Skamania Counties

As a liaison, Kim is looking forward to providing foster parents with the support they deserve, helping them learn to support each other and helping recruit new foster parents so that every child has a safe, loving, and consistent home. Foster parent since 2003.