Kim Fordham is part of the implementation team for the ICWRTC/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 ICWRTC, 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 Scholars contracts in Idaho, as well as the Recruitment and Retention of Foster Parents contract for Region 1 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.
“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.”
Yakima, Kittitas, Klickitat, Benton, and Franklin Counties
“My name is Sylvia and I am a Spanish Recruiter 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.”
Kimberlie Cole is a wife, a mom to 8, she along with her husband Harvey are foster parents . Six years and counting. Kim has a passion for reading. She is also a popular event speaker for various churches in WA, and Idaho. She is an Army brat who married a soldier so she finds it hard to call any place home, since she has loved everywhere she has lived. Her travels with the Army have taken her from the East Coat to the West Coast and to Europe, and it looks like they will be calling Spokane home. She is excited to continue working with foster parents in a more upfront and personal way.
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, Naches, and Union Gap
Chris Corry and his wife Jennica are licensed foster parents. Chris and Jennica met in college at the University of Washington. They moved to Yakima in 2013 to be closer to family. They have two biological children ages 6 and 4. They have a passion for seeing foster children in the Yakima Valley placed in loving homes. They enjoy traveling the world when possible. Their favorite place to visit with their kids is Disneyland.
Amanda and her husband have been licensed foster parents for 3 years, and in that time have gained a wide range of experiences – from getting placements on IEP’s, to social worker turn-over, to advocating for various services for her placements. She is passionate about setting foster parents up for success by equipping and educating them about the foster care system.
Melissa and her husband have one biological and three adopted daughters. She is dedicated to serving and educating foster families and getting prospective families excited about foster care. Melissa is in the process of completing her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies and has focused all of her research around foster families/children. In addition to being a peer mentor, Melissa is an instructor at two universities teaching lifespan development and parenting curriculums. Melissa is excited about being a peer mentor and walking through the fostering journey with as many families as possible.
Spokane County and Lincoln County
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.
“My Name is Teri and I am the recruiter and peer mentor for Klickitat County. I have been a foster parent since 2003 and have taken many different ranges of children. I have 4 bio children ranging in age from 11-19 and have fostered around 70 children so far. Although I hardly ever turn a child down if I have room, I prefer the harder placements that come with special needs or medically fragile. Being from a large family of 11, I’m also a sucker for sibling groups. My background is in early childhood development and Special education for the last 13 years. I am excited to work with others that want to care for, advocate and love these special kiddos that come our way.”
Richland, Benton City and Prosser
Windy and her husband Tim have five children in their home. There is a mix of biological, foster, and adopted children that range in ages from two months to 17 years old. Windy has a passion to see children placed in quality foster homes. Tim and Windy have been foster parents for 10 years.
My husband and I have been foster parents for about four years. We have a very busy four year old boy that we were blessed to adopt. As well as a two year old and 9 month old foster kiddos who we are going through the adoption process with. I love spending time with my family, drinking a good cup of coffee, and reading. During our foster carejourney we have been lucky to have other foster families provide guidance and help when we have needed it. I am so excited to help other foster families through the licensing process and to feel supported while fostering.
Becky Hosman lives with her husband Jeff and three children in Yakima (a tween, a preschooler, and a baby). Becky and Jeff fostered for two years in Idaho before moving to Washington and adopting through foster care and privately. Becky’s has over 26 years working professionally with families and children of all ages. In Idaho Becky was a Library Director, and now works part time as a blogger, bookseller at Inklings, and as a Peer Mentor. She is passionate about helping families navigate the foster and adoption systems, and also accessing services for children’s mental health. In her spare time (ha ha) Becky reads, writes children’s books and loves to travel with her family.
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.
Asotin & Garfield
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.
Shannon has a huge heart for foster care and supporting foster parents. She and her husband Gary have been fostering for almost 2 years and have fostered 4 beautiful children. They have experienced a lot with their placements and are passionate to see healthy supports in place for foster parents and the children in foster care. Born and raised in Yakima, she is very active in her community, owns a photography business with her husband, and has served as a worship leader at her church for the past 20 years. She is a wife and mother of 3 beautiful bio children and hopes to always have an open home that loves people and blesses her community.
Rachel and her husband have been licensed almost three years, and have had 17 children in their home. She has worked with children in daycare settings and group homes for over ten years. She loves to sing, spend time with her family, and hike.
She has a passion for uniting communities to stand in the gap for foster youth.
“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!”
Chelan County and Douglas County
“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.”
Mon Ra’ Muse
Assistant Director – Cheney
Mon Ra’ worked with the Division of Licensing and Children’s Administration until 2008. He worked in the Indian Child Welfare section, Legally Free unit and Home Studies unit. Prior to DLR, Mon Ra’ worked for Excelsior Youth Center for many years and has worked in the child welfare area since 1997. Mon Ra’ and his wife have four children between them and currently are the proud foster parents of three boys under the age of six. Mon Ra’s vision is to create an even stronger community of foster parents who are able to support children in their communities.
Kim is delighted to be part of the FosteringWA team as a Resource Peer Mentor for the Pullman Area. She has lived in Pullman Washington for over 30 years. Kim has a degree from WSU in Sociology with an emphasis on Social Work and a minor in Human Development. She and her husband, Eli, have been foster parents since 2012. They have fostered children for as few as a couple days to as long as 2 years.
Kim looks forward to helping local foster parents by providing Information and support from your first inquiry and throughout your journey as a foster parent.
“Fostering is the hardest job you’ll ever love.”
Stevens and Ferry County
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.
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.
Grant County and Adams County
“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.'”
Chelan County and Douglas County
“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 County and Lincoln County
Linda has been a foster parent for 24 years. She and her husband have 3 biological children and 2 adopted children. Working the past 10 years with Washington State Recruitment & Retention Contracts allows her to recruit and support families in the community. She is cofounder of the Teen Closet, a clothing boutique for teens in foster care.
Spokane County, Pend Orielle County, Stevens County and Ferry County
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.
My name is Beka Schlegel and my husband and I have been foster parents for a year, but have been advocates for helping children from traumatic backgrounds since 2008. We have two adopted sons from Malawi, Africa, which is where our passion for children in need began. It is our goal to help foster families get the training and support they need to ensure that they can be a healthy, happy home for children in care. We have a special place in our hearts for sibling groups and for medically fragile children. Currently we have 8 children in our home, and love to help them through the healing process.
“Hi, I’m Barb Slowe, I am a mom of 6, 2 of which are adopted and one baby that we are currently fostering with a view to adopting. I have a huge heart for the kids in our valley that need support, love, and a home where they can feel hope, love and acceptance. My husband and I have fostered many children. Some returned home and some were homed with relatives. Fostering isn’t always easy but it is certainly worthwhile. Being a parent can be challenging and that those challenges and skills apply when you become a foster parent. As a foster parent you stand in the gap and provide love to the children until they are either ready to return home or be adopted.”
Sunnyside, Grandview, Toppenish, Zillah, and Wapato
Angela has been a foster parent for four years and adopted three children from the foster care system. Angela has been involved in all aspects of the foster care system and 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 40 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.
Whitman County, Garfield County, and Asotin County
Katie is a Recruitment Coordinator for Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, Whitman and Asotin counties in Washington as well as five North Central Idaho counties. Katie has served in several different roles supporting local foster children and their families including time as a One Church One Child program liaison and a foster parent PRIDE course trainer. Katie is currently living on the Palouse and is completing her Master’s in Social Work degree in Spring of 2017. Katie is passionate about serving her local community by supporting the Fostering mission!
Chelan County, Okanogan County and Grant County
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.
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 County, Kittitas County and Klickitat County
Tyann has a passion for working with and supporting foster families. She wants to encourage people to become foster parents and support current foster parents so that children in her community have a safe and loving place to call home. She is currently a licensed foster parent in Washington State and has fostered in Utah for many years as well. She looks forward to using her experience to help families successfully care for the children coming into their homes.
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.
Grant County and Adams County
“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.”