Mary-Jeanne, and her husband Larry, have been foster parents for over 20 years. They live in a small rural town in S.E. Washington. Mary-Jeanne is also an alumnus of foster and relative care. The Smith's foster home has a strong focus on family reunification. When reunification was not successful, they took guardianship of several of their foster children, and they became forever family. They have also been instrumental in assisting their teen foster children with entering college.
Tess Thomas is a long-standing Board member and does foster care in the Seattle area and fosters teens with a myriad of difficult backgrounds and situations. Tess’ home was featured in a documentary “Take This Heart” sponsored by the Casey Foundation to promote foster care and educate for public awareness of foster issues. Tess continues to serve in an advisory capacity on several boards and commissions regarding youth in out of home care. She has authored a book “The Love Returns”. Ms Thomas has been a foster parent for over 15 years.
Mary McGauhey is a foster parent in Region 3 who cares for Developmentally Delayed Treatment Foster youth. Mary is a volunteer on the task force for educating foster families concerning the mental health system through the Bright Futures grant. She has been a therapeutic foster parent for 13 years and has fostered for over 35 children specializing in developmental delays and mental health issues. She developed and coordinated a respite program for children from families impacted by mental health issues with Compass Mental Health.
Mike and Beth, Co-Presidents for many years on the FPAWS Board. They started as house parents in a group home for up to 10 severely emotionally and mentally disturbed adolescent boys on March 3rd 1983. While at the group home, in cooperation with Children's Administration, they developed their foster home to work with those youth stuck in the group care system. Mike started working as a Child and Family therapist and is now a Master Trainer and Consultant for the State’s Aggression Replacement Training Program.
A Foster Parent for over 14 years, Amy and her husband, Mike, are experienced caregivers for drug affected and medically fragile infants. Amy and Mike have been married for 28 years and have raised a daughter, Catie who is 18 and runs her own business. Over the years, they have fostered 14 special needs infants, 3 of which were twins! While Mike works for Georgia Pacific, Amy spends her time
As a Foster Parent for nearly 10 years, Marci has had the chance to advocate for other fostering families in her community, region and across the state. She is active in her local Foster Parent organization, is currently a Region 6 Representative on the HB1624 Foster Parent Consultation Team and is anxious to contribute on a much broader level with her new position as a board member for FPAWS.
Nancy is the mother of 10 children 5 of whom were adopted through the Washington State Foster to Adopt Program. Nancy has an extensive background as a foster parent being first licensed in Indiana in 1976. Nancy has been employed as a Home Support Specialist for Children's Administration, a liaison for foster parents and a welfare eligibility worker. Nancy has been training Pride Pre Service classes to potential foster, foster/adopt and kinship care parents for the past six years in Bremerton, Port Townsend and Port Angeles as a licensed contractor.