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.

 

 

 

Angela Lalonai Pitts-Long

African American Outreach Liaison

Serves: Region 3 & 4

As a Native “Seattlelight”, Angela was born and raised in the Central District (of Seattle). She has been Blessed to have raised 2 biological children. Her licensed foster parent journey began 18 years ago, and she considers it an honor that her life has come “Full Circle” to facilitate the “Central District Support Group” for over 10 years. She relies on her strong faith and experience, to ignite her passion to develop the Central District Support Group with a sense of Community and Family.

 

Open Position

African American Outreach Liaison

Serves: Region 5 & 6

Open Position

Maria Sherry

Hispanic Outreach Liaison

Serves: Region 3 & 4     

Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Maria moved to Marysville 14 years ago. Since then she has served the community in Snohomish County. Maria is passionate about education, health and family and enjoys getting to know people, to learn their stories and help them to achieve their goals as a family. She looks forward to serving the foster care community in this new position.

 

Catharine Haynes

Hispanic Outreach Liaison

Serves: Region 5 & 6

 Catharine has been a foster parent since 2014 when she and her spouse accepted a sibling set as their first placement. They have one adopted daughter and continue to foster other children. She is passionate about sibling groups as well as maintaining their cultural roots and identity. Catharine’s parents are from Central America and she has worked extensively in the Bay Area with Guatemalan groups promoting social justice for indigenous communities. Catharine comes to us from the social services sector, speaks Spanish and looks forward to recruiting families of various backgrounds to serve foster children.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Larisa Koenig

Native American Outreach Liaison

Serves: Region 3 & 4

Larisa has dedicated the majority of her professional career to serving Native American children and families.  She has served the Native community as a classroom teacher, dean of students, mental health provider to foster children, and managing supervisor of a tribal child welfare program and has adopted from the foster care system. Larisa is also enrolled Alaska Native tribal member of Tlingit and Haida descent.

 

 

Regina Hopkins

Native American Outreach Liaison

Serves: Region 5 & 6

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.