Favorite hobbies: Spending time with family, gardening, camping, crochet
Favorite quote: “The problem with our world is that we draw the circle of family too small.” – Mother Teresa
What do they like best about their role as a Kinship Leader: I enjoy talking with families and helping them navigate their way through their journey with kinship care. I have been there myself and wish I had someone to help me along the way.
Personal experience with Kinship care: I have been a Kinship caregiver for 3 ½ years now. We had our great-nephew placed with us when he was a baby and we adopted him at 1 year of age. It has been the best experience because he has brought such joy into our lives, but it has also been a hard road along the way. There are so many obstacles to navigate with kinship care. We had to figure most of them out on our own. I get great pleasure from being able to help families so they don’t feel defeated or stuck in their caregiver roles.