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 DCYF 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 25 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.

 

Shala Crow

Program Director

Serves: Western Washington

Shala has been with Fostering Together Program for over 10 years and is passionate about the foster care system and ways to improve the quantity of foster homes available and the quality of lives of the children who reside in them. She served on as a 1624/CAFPT Representative for Region 3  for 7 years.  She was a foster parent for 9 years and has adopted 3 children.

Leeann Marshel

Program Supervisor

Serves: Region 5 & 6

Program Supervisor

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

Christina Urtasun

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 3

Whatcom, Skagit, Island & San Juan Counties

Christina wants to encourage people to become foster parents and support licensed foster parents so that all of our children have a safe and loving home. Christina has been a foster parent for over 10 years.

Danielle Martin

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 3

Lynnwood & Smokey Point  Offices

Danielle is passionate about foster care and is honored to have the opportunity to support foster parents in her community. She has been a foster parent since 2014 and understands the need for support foster families have. She looks forward to working with her community to recruit more foster families and to ensure that current foster families have the resources and support they need.

Jill Mutcheson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 3

Sky Valley (Monroe Office)

Jill has been fervent about serving children and their caregivers all her adult life.  This passion prompted her and her husband to become foster parents and eventually adopt from the foster care system.                                                      Very eager to recruit and serve caregivers as they play such a critical role in our children’s lives.  She is committed to supporting foster parents, so children who need care will have strong and loving homes to land in.

 

 

 

 

Maia Anderson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 3 & 4

King West & Everett Offices

Maia’s passion for fostering comes both from a personal faith-based conviction as well as having a parent who grew up in foster care. As a liaison, she is committed to supporting healthy families for kids to grow, develop and thrive in.

Christina Meyer Davis

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 4

Seattle West/White Center & OICW Office

Christina has been a foster parent since 2012 and an adoptive parent since 2017. She and her husband, Josh, started as foster parents and later became biological parents. Together they run the EduCare support group in White Center (Seattle) and Christina runs the Burien/West Seattle Foster Closet. She is passionate about supporting foster families in their journey through licensing and navigating the sometimes difficult waters of foster parenting.

Angelina Denver

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 4

King East (Bellevue Office) & King Southeast (Kent Office)

Angelina has been a Foster and Adoptive parent for more than 20 years. She is the proud Mom to 6 kids ages 10- 35. She has been active leader with the Refresh leadership team and Overlake Church for several years. While she enjoys building community in the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband, Allen, have close ties to Hawaii and CA as well. In her off time she loves to read, hike and play with her Australian Cattle Dogs.

Erika Thompson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 5

Puyallup & Lakewood Offices

As a liaison, Erika looks forward to impacting not only the recruitment of new foster parents, but also support and retain those families that are crucial to the stability and livelihood of our community’s foster children. Foster parent since 2007.

Jeanie Johns

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 5

Kitsap County

Jeanie looks forward to recruiting new families by empowering people to advocate for children regardless of the circumstances. She also wants to help establish support groups for parents and bio-children so that no one will ever feel isolated or alone in the work. Foster parent since 2007.

Ashley Wambach

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 6

Thurston & Lewis County

Ashley Wambach is passionate about engaging people to care for foster, adoptive and kinship families. She has taught multiple classes and training’s, been invited to speak at events and has also sat on panels regarding the future of recruitment and Foster & Adoptive Ministry. She is a foster parent who is raising 4 children with her husband.

Nathan Wilson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 6

Grays Harbor & Mason County

Nate has been a foster parent since 2016, he has served as both a children’s and youth church leader, Reach and Rise youth mentor with the YMCA, and worked professionally as a Recovery Care Coordinator for youth struggling with substance use disorder at True North Grays Harbor.  Though Nate has lived in eight cities across the US, in addition to three years in Fussa, Japan; Grays Harbor County is where his heart is, and his family has called it home for the past eight years.  Nate’s journey as BRS (Behavioral Rehabilitation Services) foster parent has strengthened his commitment to helping heal youth in care and his community.

 

 

 

Niki Johnson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 6

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: Region 6

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: Region 6

Cowlitz & Wahkiakum County

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: Region 6

Clark & Skamania County

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.
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