Kim Fordham is part of the implementation team for the FRTC/FosteringWA Recruitment and Retention of Foster Parents program in Region 1 of Washington State. She has worked for Eastern Washington University for 16 years as faculty and administrator. Kim is currently the Director of FRTC, a program of Eastern Washington University. As Director, she oversees the Statewide Recruitment, Retention, and Support of Foster Parents, North Hub Family Group Decision Making, and Wednesday's Child contracts in Idaho, as well as the Recruitment and Retention of Foster Parents contract for Region 1 & 2 in Washington. Kim has worked in child welfare in various capacities for the past thirty years. On a personal note, Kim is a grandmother of three.
Recruiter Peer Mentor
I became a licensed foster parent in May of 2018. I have always had a heart for children, and I’ve felt called to foster care since I was a young teen volunteering at an after school program with children from difficult homes. I love supporting others, and when I heard about the opportunity to become a Recruitment Peer Mentor I was excited to join the FosteringWA team and serve my fellow foster parents and my community in a new way. I live in Asotin County with my sweet dog Silas and spend my free time hiking and enjoying the river. I also work full time at a local manufacturing company. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to learn about foster care and have a positive impact on future foster parents!
I (along with my family) have been a foster parent since 2006 and adopted our very first placement. Prior to becoming a foster parent, I was an intern at the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), where I got a behind the scenes look at the dependency and foster care process (as well as heavy use of a copy machine!) My husband and I are nurturing a host of kiddos (bio, adopted, and foster) ranging in age from 2 years to 23 years. We also have one grumpy cat, two lovable dogs and various other pets.
Sylvia Cardenas (Spanish Speaking)
Yakima, Kittitas, Klickitat, Benton, Walla Walla, Columbia, and Franklin Counties
My name is Sylvia and I am a Spanish Recruitment Peer Mentor. My husband and I became licensed foster parents this year. We started our foster care journey through a relative placement. Through this placement I have become passionate for helping others understand the process in becoming licensed. Specifically explaining to families with limited English proficiency that with a little direction they too can help the community by becoming a foster parent.
Noe Cardenas (Spanish Speaking)
Yakima, Kittitas, Klickitat, Benton, Walla Walla, Columbia, and Franklin Counties
My wife and I became foster parents in order to take in a child through relative placement. This amazing experience opened my eyes and made me realize the need for foster parents in our community. Becoming a Spanish Speaking Peer Mentor, through Fostering Washington, has given me the opportunity to help and guide monolingual Spanish speaking individuals through the application process.
Recruiter Peer Mentor
From a young age, Jennifer knew she wanted to work with youth. She received an undergraduate degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in teaching at-risk youth. She has been a substitute teacher in the Colfax School District for 23 years. She and her husband have been foster parents for 17 years. They have two biological children ages 22 and 20 and 4 adopted children ages 5, 9, 13, and 17. They continue to foster infants and children younger than the youngest currently in their home. Jen is thrilled to have the opportunity to work within her community to raise foster awareness, as well as, encourage and support foster parents.
Stacey is a part-time preschool teacher and full time stay-at-home mom to five children on Spokane’s South Hill. She loves chai tea lattes and family sing-a-longs. She hates arts and crafts. Her family has been a licensed foster family for three and a half years. She enjoys connecting with people and making sure they have the support they need to successfully foster children. Stacey has a law degree, but she is thrilled to have left practicing law far behind her.
Yakima, Selah, Naches
Hi I am Aimee! I have been a licensed foster parent for about a year. I am a single mother with a 12 year old bio son an a sweet foster baby. I work full time as a hairdresser and also volunteer with Yakima Valley Pet Rescue. I was introduced to Fostering WA staff while working on getting licensed and after meeting several times through a network of other foster parents in my community decided I really wanted to support other families working on getting licensed. I also volunteer with Fostering Change. Since becoming licensed I have learned so much about the process and policies associated with foster care. Though I have a lot left to learn I am excited for the opportunity to help walk potential foster parents through the licensing process as well as offer support to those already licensed.
Program Support Specialist
Angie Finnerty is our new Program Support Supervisor 2 at the Family Resource & Training Center as of May 2018. Angie joins Eastern Washington University after four years at Washington State University College of Medicine in Spokane. Prior to her four years at WSU, she worked for EWU Communication Disorders Spokane for almost 3 years. She is originally from San Diego, California, and had a long career at the University of California, San Diego, as an Administrative Analyst. Angie is married and is the mother of 3 grown children, Grammy to 5 grandchildren, and the mother of 2 fur kids (dogs). The next time you visit the FRTC please introduce yourself. She would love to meet you and if she’s talked with you on the telephone, she’ll be able to put a voice with a face.
Meaghan and her husband have five wonderful children, a mix of biological, adopted, and foster, ranging from ages 6 months to 14 years old. They have been been licensed for 5 years and have welcomed many kids in and out of their home. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, and exploring new places. As a foster adoptive parent, she looks forward to sharing the needs of the children in our community and supporting foster families. She enjoys working with foster parents, especially in connecting them with resources, early education, and equipping them to care for the children in their home.
I have been a foster parent along with my husband for almost 9 years. During that time, we have adopted four awesome children. My family and I are outdoor enthusiasts and love to camp, hike, swim and ride bikes. When I am not chasing our kids around, you can find me at the local hospital chasing kids around as a Respiratory therapist. I have a huge heart for foster children and I’m looking forward to helping you along your journey as well!
Hi my name is Jami, my wife and I have been licensed foster parents for almost 4 years. We have 3 adopted kiddos and are starting the process of adopting 2 more. We are cooky, crazy, busy, and we live on laughs and love. We love adventures, hiking, camping, and finding new places to explore. We also have 2 dogs and 2 cats and sometimes it feels like we are running a zoo. But we wouldn’t change a thing, except maybe my gray hair.
I have worked with children for the past 20+ years in different rolls from being a Preschool Teacher to being a Director at a Daycare, and having my own in home daycare. I am currently a Stay at Home Mom, and felt like I could be doing more.
I have learned so much in the past 4 years about working with youth, social workers, and licensors and my wish is that I can help those who are interested or starting the process of fostering in any way I can.
All Eastern Washington
My family and I have been a foster family since 2006. Before joining Fostering Washington I worked at DSHS, spending 18 years with DCFS and four years with DLR, and then retiring in April of 2016. Prior to working for the state, I worked at a Residential Treatment Center for 6 years and a Crisis Residential Center for four years.
Recruiter Peer Mentor
Sarah and her husband have been licensed foster parents since 2017, having some experiences with drug effected infants, medically fragile children, and the adoption process. Sarah has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and was a teacher for 11 years with the Pasco School district. Needing less hours and a more flexible schedule to start a family, in 2015 she went half time and became the 4-H Program Coordinator for Benton and Franklin counties for the WSU-Franklin County Extension. Now Sarah stays home to run her little 3 acre farm, to be a full time foster mom, and now additionally, a Recruiter Peer Mentor.
Pend Orielle County
Autumn and her husband Nathan have been foster to adopt parents for 3 years. They live and work in Pend Oreille County. During her day job Autumn works with toddlers and expectant mothers, she studied in early childhood education and enjoys learning about the effects of trauma and how resiliency matters. In her down time she likes to spend time with her family, explore the outdoors, knit, cook and read. Autumn is looking forward to this new opportunity as a recruiter peer mentor and hopes to support other foster parents and prospective foster parents navigate the system and help them along their parenting journey.
My name is Angela MacNeil and I am excited to join the FosteringWA team as a Recruiter Peer Mentor for Ephrata/Quincy/Soap Lake area. My husband and I have 4 adult children, 4 children 12 and under, 2 of whom were adopted through foster care and 4 grandchildren! We have been foster parents for 8 years now and have welcomed many children into our home. It is my hope that I can help others navigate the foster care systems to better help the children in care. The Peer Mentor Program is something I feel can make a great impact on strengthening/retaining the foster home we already have...building a community of sorts that can help each other out with respite, venting, problem solving, etc. I look forward to working with you!
Grant & Adams County
Hello everyone I am Kaela McDaniel!
A bit about me: my husband and I have been licensed foster parents for almost 3 years and we have placement of a sibling group of 4 young kiddos, which I'm blessed to stay home with. We are on the way to adopting 3 of the 4 children who are now legally free. Before making the decision to stay home with the kiddos, I worked for the State as a CPS/CFWS Worker & Foster Home Licensor. Prior to working with the Department, I worked for a private agency as a Foster Home Licensor & Case Manager. I earned my master's degree in Psychology that has also allowed me to teach psychology classes for BBCC. I am super excited to be working with you and helping you on your fostering journey!
Hello, my name is Amber Moody, and I am so excited to be the new Recruiter Peer Mentor for the Stevens County area! My husband and I have been licensed foster parents for about one year. We have experienced respite care, long and short-term foster care, and are just beginning our adoption journey for a young sibling set. I am also a part time Registered Nurse and we own a General Contracting company. In our “spare” time we run a small farm with chickens, goats, and horses and enjoy doing pretty much anything and everything outdoors! Since becoming licensed I have learned so much about the processes and policies involved in the foster care community. I still have a lot to learn, but I am excited for the opportunity to assist other licensed and prospective foster parents in my beautiful community.
My name is LaDeana Morehead and I am a Recruiter Peer Mentor for the Wenatchee area. I am a stay-at-home mother of 3. My husband and I have been foster parents for almost 5 years. In that time, we have cared for 20 foster children in our home. Some for a few hours, a few days or permanently. Since 2013, we have adopted our 3 children from foster care. They are now ages 10, 3 and 2. Our family loves the outdoors and really enjoy going the family cabin at Lake Chelan whenever we get the chance.
Tanya and her husband have been licensed foster parents since 2016 and are in the process of waiting to adopt one of their first placements. Being a foster parent has opened Tanya's eyes to the huge need for solid foster family homes as well as the need to provide support to those families in the foster care system. She is excited to do what's possible to help foster families succeed in the crucial role they play in helping to better the lives of children.
My husband and I have been foster parents since November of 2016. We did have our first placement as a “suitable other” prior to getting licensed. We have had foster youth that have come and gone from our home as well as experiencing the process of being considered as an adoptive home. We also have 2 children of our home and a multitude of farm animals. We are newer to the Stevens County area and are very happy with the people, climate and outdoor opportunities here.
Statewide FIRST Program Coordinator and Recruitment Peer Mentor for Walla Walla and Columbia
After 32 years of providing foster care to adolescent boys and girls, Dru's passion is to now to support children in care and the adults who care for them. Dru brings her 12 years of experience supporting foster families to her new position here in support of the FIRST program.
Hi, my name is Kim Redford and I am the RPM for Grant and Adams county. I am excited to be recruiting and working with fellow foster parents through Fostering Washington. I am a reader, an animal lover, an outdoors person, a health advocate, an active community member and I love spending time with my family and friends. My husband and I became licensed foster parents in 2006 and we're still going strong. We have taken placements that run the spectrum and so far have adopted 2 boys. Currently, we have 5 children in our home and it is not uncommon for us to have more. I love working with children. I love researching, learning and helping figure out how to help our children and other foster parents. I am constantly advocating for foster children and feel like being involved is my calling and my passion. 'How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.'
Erika and her husband Alex reside in Eastern Washington with their pup Jazz. They are new to Washington thanks to the Air Force and newly licensed foster parents. Erika is the Program Coordinator for the Family Resource & Training Center and has her Bachelor’s degree in Education. They enjoy exploring the PNW and look forward to the adventures to come both personally and professionally.
I am excited to be able to serve and encourage foster parents and future foster parents. My journey to foster care began over 30 years ago. My husband and I were new to our small community, having accepted a position as a Youth Pastor. One of the first people my husband met with was the principal of the high school. He asked her how the church could best serve her and the school district. Her response was, 'Recruit quality foster parents!' We were shocked by that answer but, have had the burden to see that happen. We were not able to foster ourselves personally for many years, but have advocated the need to care for the orphans in our community in many ways.
In addition to being foster parents for the last 7 years, I love doing anything in the out of doors and giving kids that opportunity whenever possible. It is so incredible to take a hesitant teenager snowshoeing and have them exclaim on the way home, 'Wow, I wish I could do this every day!'
I am a mother to three adults, wife to an amazing pastor husband, a part-time reading teacher plus work as a bookkeeper for a small retreat center. I am passionate about serving kids, youth and adults who are further out and tend to be missed by the general society.
Spokane, Pend Orielle, Stevens, Ferry
Amber has spent over 11 years working with foster youth and their families in a therapeutic setting as well as most recently working 7+ years for the Washington State Recruitment & Retention Contracts. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She and her husband were foster parents for 9 years and have 2 adopted children. She is passionate about working with foster families to assist in helping foster parents navigate for foster parent system and advocate for children in their home. As a Recruitment Coordinator with Fostering WA, she oversees programming and Recruiter Peer Mentor staff in Spokane, Lincoln, Ferry, Colville, and Pend Oreille Counties.
Klickitat County, Toppenish, Zillah, Sunnyside, & Prosser
Angela is excited to serve foster parents as the Assistant Recruitment Coordinator for Region 2. Angela has been a foster parent for six years and adopted three children from the foster care system. She has been involved in all aspects of the foster care system including reunifying kids with their bio parents, helping kids transition to relatives and her favorite right now is respite care. Angela has a heart for seeing foster parents have the tools and support they need to help children through the system. In her time as a foster parent, Angela and her husband David have welcomed over 70 children into their home, sometimes for a few days and sometimes forever. She loves spending time with her family and making memories to last a lifetime. She choose foster care because children can never have too many people who love them.
Chelan, Okanogan, Grant, Adams, & Douglas
Hayley was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and has dedicated her education and career to serving children and families. Upon receiving her MSSW, Hayley moved about the country with her husband who was on Active Duty with the Army serving military parents, foster parents and children in Louisiana, California and Virginia. Permanency is truly a passion for Hayley! Hayley is thrilled and honored to be a part of the FosteringWA team and looks forward to recruiting quality foster parents for Region 1, providing support to our current foster parents and helping the children of Region 1 achieve permanency.
My name is Naomi Verbeck and I am excited to join the Fostering WA team as a Recruiter Peer Mentor for Okanogan County. My husband and I have 3 boys in our home (one bio and two foster). I have been a foster parent for over 4 years and have enjoyed fostering, providing respite and just being a mom! I enjoy working on various construction projects around the house, gardening,camping and building community through positive interactions. I grew up here in Okanogan county but have spent the last 14 years in Chelan/ Douglas Counties. I moved back to Omak in January and am ready to help other foster parents and prospective foster parents navigate the complex world of foster care.
Jessica and her husband have three children ages 2, 10 and 12. They have been fostering relative placements for over two years and in November, they will be adopting their first placement. Jessica has her Bachelors degree in Public Relations and is pursuing her Masters in Business Administration as her husband own their own business. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her kids, being outdoors, and listening to music. As a relative placement and foster to adopt parent, she looks forward to working with and supporting foster families in the community.
Ivy has lived in the Asotin County area for over 25 years. She is married and has 7 children currently through birth and adoption. She is the Youth Director for New Spring Church in Lewiston, Idaho. In addition, she graduated from Walla Walla Community College and has currently finished her studies to become a licensed midwife in the state of Idaho, where she works as an assistant for a birth center in Moscow. She and her husband, Michael, have been foster parents for 4 years. Since they have outgrown their current house Michael had built for them, they are renovating a 3 story farm house on 12 acres in the country to give their large family room to grow. Investing in the lives of young people has been her lifelong passion. In her down time she thinks up more ways to remain busy and invested in the community.
Yakima, Kittitas, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Klickitat
Tyann has a passion for working with and supporting foster families. Tyann and her husband are currently licensed foster parents and have fostered a total of 65+ children over the last 9 years. She is very passionate about educating the community not only about the overwhelming need for foster parents that can provide a safe and loving home for our kids, but also about other ways to get involved to help support children and families in our community.
Rebecca Wilkens has been a foster parent for two years in two different states. She has a college degree in elementary education and now stays at home with her three biological children. During their two years of foster parenting, Rebecca's family has had children ages newborn to nine years old, for days up to months. She is eager to help people navigate the foster care licensing process and help connect them to the resources they need to meet the needs of their own families and of the foster children in their homes.
I am very excited to be working with something I am so passionate about. I have lived in Moses Lake for about 25 years and have been a licensed foster parent through the state for 12 years. My husband, Gale, and I have 6 children, 3 biological boys (25,23,21), 3 adopted girls (8,7,4) and 2 foster children (2 & 1). We have had over 80 children come through our home from the age of new born up to 14 years old.