Favorite hobbies: My hobbies include decorating, DIY projects, gardening, cooking, and traveling with my children.
Favorite quote: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman.
What do they like best about their role as a Kinship Leader: Working with families helping them protect familial connections and recognize what they are going through offering acceptance, support, and belonging by being a part of their support team. As a Peer Support Specialist, I can attribute my own experiences to better empathize with Kinship Caregivers helping me to build strong and trusting connections. The most rewarding aspect is celebrating the small triumphs, overcoming immense challenges, and every bit of growth in between.
Personal experience with Kinship care: I have been a Kinship provider for approximately 9 years. This provided an opportunity for growth as an individual and family. As rewarding as it feels looking back it wasn’t without great sacrifice and challenges. I wish I could have had a Peer Support Specialist to help me navigate my journey.