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The challenge that many great families face when considering foster care is not knowing where to begin.

As Foster Care Navigators, we understand those “pre-application” anxieties because we've had them ourselves!

We have fostered, licensed, adopted, and advocated for children in the foster care system and know that pursuing licensure is a life changing decision that requires intimate understanding and ample patience.

With that, we are eager to share our experience with you and can't wait to get started - Together!

Kathy Wilde

Kathy Wilde

Foster Care Navigator

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Heather Jensen

Foster Care Navigator

portrait of Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson

Foster Care Navigator

portrait of Aimee Rice

Aimee Rice

Foster Care Navigator

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Heather Mallison

Foster Care Navigator

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Anita Hyde

Foster Care Navigator

Shelley Lukasak

Shelley Lukasak

Foster Care Navigator

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MaryBeth Waning

Foster Care Navigator

Headshot of Sharon Dewey

Sharon Dewey

Foster Care Navigator

Headshot of Katie Steele

Katie Steele

Foster Care Navigator

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Sarah Bonzo-Tuinier

Foster Care Navigator

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Melanie Buckley

Foster Care Navigator

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Monica Day

Foster Care Navigator

Mairin Plew

Mairin Plew

Foster Care Navigator

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Rachel Lane

Foster Care Navigator

Jackie Gant

Jacqueline (Jackie) Gant

Foster Care Navigator & Coordinator of Native American Outreach

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Zelma Crawford

Foster Care Navigator

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Allyson Reid

Foster Care Navigator

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