Introducing Laura and Wayne
Lauren and Wayne have been licensed foster parents since September 2016. Lauren and Wayne are extremely warm and loving foster parents, who are dedicated to helping each child that is placed in their home find permanency. The foster parents have demonstrated their ability to work with birth families and adoptive families successfully and maintain relationships after children have left their home. The family’s passion for fostering is admirable and inspiring.
Introducing Jason and Ashley
Jason and Ashley have been licensed foster parents for over 3 years. They have fostered 9 children including several sets of siblings. They are always willing to help whenever they can, whether it is for a day or long term. They go above and beyond to work with birth families and to meet the needs of the children placed in their care. They are a great asset to the foster care community and we thank them for all they do for the children entrusted to them.
Introducing Mark and Myra
Mark and Myra are a newer foster family who have jumped in headfirst to assist with the children in our community. They have opened their arms to teenagers and sibling groups, committed to short-term and long-term care, and have modeled excellent parenting skills. Mark and Myra are wholly dedicated to each child that joins their home, and truly treat them as a member of the family. They are proactive in their advocacy for each child’s needs and fully assist in the facilitation of services for them. Myra and Mark are an excellent team as parents, and partner effectively with the professional team. We are privileged to have them on our team and thrilled to see how they continue to grow as foster parents!
Introducing Lisa and Ezekiel
Lisa and Ezekiel have been a foster parent for 10 years. They have committed a decade of their lives to helping children in need. Both Ezekiel and Lisa are passionate about helping children in need and giving them a safe and stable place to live. They love fostering and treat the children in their home like their family. Lisa and Ezekiel have had several placements over the years. We appreciate their dedication as fostering requires a lot of patience, understanding, flexibility and passion.
Introducing Jeanna and Kyle
Jeanna and Kyle have been licensed foster parents since January 2019. They have a passion for keeping siblings together and providing a safe, loving environment for children in need. They always do what they can to make sure that a child’s needs are met and that their best interests are always put first. They are willing to have a mentoring relationship with biological parents and families, and have done so in the past. Jeanna and Kyle have helped with doctor appointments, therapy, visits, transporting, etc. –whatever is needed, they get it done. Seeing them provide care and love to children in care represents the true mission that is foster care.
Ms. Motley has been licensed since 2009. She has cared for countless children over the years and adopted a sibling group of two. Ms. Motley continues to open her heart and home to more children in need. She is an asset to the child welfare team as she welcomes children in her home, treats them as family, and advocates for the child. Ms. Motley understands the foster care system and has a deep understanding and respect for preserving the child’s family connections and relationships. She supports reunification by working closely with birth parents, offering support, transporting and supervising visits. Ms. Motley is truly valued as a foster parent and member of the professional team. It is with great honor to nominate Ms. Motley for Foster Friday as she deserves this recognition.
Introducing Travis and Kimberly
Travis and Kimberly started their journey in foster care after being called to seek more information during a concert in 2010. They felt strongly called into this ministry and since then have fostered 16 children along with countless respite care opportunities. Their greatest accomplishment is found in having encouraged and mentored four other local families to join in the care of foster children in Southwest Florida. Their children, extended family and most importantly the children they have fostered have benefited tremendously from the experience of nurturing and guiding not only the children in care but also supporting the families of those children in preparation for unification and bringing the children home. Travis also enjoys teaching the licensing classes and sharing his experiences with new families excited about joining the community of local foster parents and becoming an added resource for them immediately following licensing. Thank you for all you do!
Introducing Maria and Michael
Maria and Michael have been licensed since September 2018. The family was drawn to fostering because they wanted to help children who needed a family, a home and love while in the foster care system. They have helped with both respite and long-term placements as well as sibling groups. The family understands the importance of maintaining family connections and are willing to work with biological family members and help with visitation. Maria and Michael help care for children who are born drug addicted and have dedicated their time to go to the hospital until the babies are allowed to be released. One More Child is blessed to partner with this family.
Introducing Eric and William
Eric and William have been licensed for about one year with Lutheran Services of Florida. They have been such valuable members of the professional team. They have been open to caring for sibling groups to help maintain their connection and are passionate advocates for the children. It is with great honor to nominate this family for Foster Friday as they deserve all the recognition.
Introducing Tricia and Jon
Tricia and Jon have been licensed foster parents since August 2013. They have been extremely committed to each child that has been placed in their home. They are excellent with young children, and are extremely kind, patient, and loving parents. They always maintain excellent communication with their licensing staff and go above and beyond to advocate for the children in their care. Tricia and Jon are extremely passionate and dedicated foster parents. Children’s Network is blessed to license such amazing foster parents!
Introducing Angela Alexander
Angela Alexander is an AWSOME foster parent! Ms. Alexander has a diverse family made of teen males. In fact, Ms. Alexander recently adopted a special needs male as she wanted to make sure that this child has a chance of becoming a successful, responsible member of society. Angela Alexander has been a foster parent in Port Charlotte, through Camelot since 2017. Angela states she enjoys fostering and finds it very rewarding. “I foster because I see the need. I want to be used by God to help children. I want to help children going through transition. If I don’t, who will fight for these children? I want my children to get a start, a chance at a good life. I just love children!”
Angela has dedicated her life to helping children. In fact, she works in the school system as a Behavioral Specialist and is certified in Social Studies Educational Leadership and Exceptional Student Education. As a foster parent, Ms. Alexander is always willing to assist in transporting and supervising visits and, if allowed to, she is willing to be mentor and a support system to biological parents so they can be the best parent to their children once they return to their care. Ms. Alexander also tries to prepare her children for the real world by equipping them with skills to live independently, if they are unable to return to their families. Hats off to this WONDERFUL, dedicated foster parent. Angela Alexander- Camelot is proud to have you as a part of our professional team!
Introducing Vanessa and Alex
Vanessa and Alex have been licensed for a little over one year with Lutheran Services Florida. They have been such valuable members of the professional team. They are open and willing to work one on one with birth parents as they value the connection between a child and their birth family. It is with great honor to nominate this family for Foster Friday as they deserve all the recognition.
Introducing Anthony and Amber
Anthony and Amber have shared their life with over 10 children in the 3+ years since they’ve been licensed foster parents. They have been effective in working in partnership with the professional team and devoting themselves to caring for the children in their home. Amber and Anthony adopted their 3 sons a year ago and have been able to maintain a thriving home environment for the children. The agency commends you both for your hard and oftentimes, thankless work.
Introducing Anthony and Bridget
Bridget and Anthony have always wanted a large family and shortly after being licensed in 2018, they took in their first sibling group of two. With three of their own children, they were committed to helping these foster children with what they considered a full house. After a few months, those children moved on to their next placement and the house felt empty. However, shortly after that, right about the time their eldest son was turning 18, an opportunity arose to take in a sibling group of three. The capacity for their home was bumped up to "3" as soon as possible and the siblings came to live with them. Now, as remote learning continues during this pandemic, the family is working with a homeschool group, Collier County schools, and Lee County Schools with all the children in their home. We are grateful for all they have done and continue to do for these children in Southwest Florida.
Introducing Heather and John
Heather and John started out fostering in 2009 with a capacity of 2. They were interested in fostering and possibly adopting if able, one child. During their 11 years of fostering they have fostered a total of 38 children, and they have been blessed to be able to adopt a total of 4 children. The family has always answered our placement calls any time of the day or night and are always willing to help. We are lucky to have such a caring and loving family for our children.
Introducing Adirem and Damian
Adirem and Damian have been foster parents for about a year and a half and have accepted multiple children into their home in that time. They are exemplary members of the professional team and provide support to children and their birth families whenever possible. The foster parents have taken children with challenging behaviors into their home, and their combined experience has equipped them with the skills to manage those behaviors. Thank you Adirem and Damian!
Introducing Sam and Ashley
Sam and Ashley are one of our newer foster families, licensed for about 5 months now. They jumped into their loving, nurturing role as licensed resource parents headfirst. A family of three active siblings joined the family one day after they were licensed. The couple not only met the challenge with love and compassion but with determination and persistence. Sam and Ashley ended each day in exhaustion and feelings of defeat for several weeks. Their commitment and consistency paid off. The children are now flourishing in their home, and the agency could not be prouder. Sam and Ashley have just begun this journey and are touching children’s lives in meaningful ways. The family is providing a safe and nurturing environment for the children and has learned to work as members of the professional team as well as advocate for the needs of the children. We look forward to working with them for many years.
Introducing Alexis and Joseph
Alexis and Joseph were licensed in April 2018. The family has chosen to foster because they believe that God has called them to tangibly care for orphans by providing them with shelter and love inside of their home. Alexis and John want to make it their mission to impact children and families within their community. They have cared for two children since they have been licensed foster parents. Their first placement they had until reunification occurred. The foster parents planned on caring for their second foster son until permanency was achieved…. And were able to do that when they adopted him just a couple of months ago! They are willing to work with all members of the professional team, including biological family members. One More Child is blessed to partner with such a great family!
Introducing Kasandra and Jonathan
Introducing...Kasandra and Jonathan have been fostering with Camelot Community Care for almost four years. They have opened their home to many children. They have also adopted one of the children and are in the process of adopting another child. They have five children of all ages in their home currently. All the children have made great strides while in their care. They have fostered eleven children and some of the children have been in their home for many years. The family is willing to work with all members of the professional team and always does what is in the best interest of children. Jonathan and Kasandra are passionate and dedicated to fostering children. We are thankful to have such wonderful foster parents.
Introducing Teresa and Dan
Teresa and Dan have been licensed foster parents since 2000!. Teresa and Dan are medical foster parents and have consistently displayed their devotion for caring for medically needy foster children. Their experience working in foster care for 20 years has made them extremely knowledgeable. They have developed wonderful mentoring roles with birth families and are excellent models for new foster parents. The Johnson’s are extremely dedicated and loving foster parents. Children’s Network is so very fortunate to license such terrific foster parents!
Introducing Marnie and Jeremy
Marnie and Jeremy have been licensed since 11/20/19. The family has opened their hearts and home to several children during the year. They even provided respite care for a sibling group of three when first licensed. Marnie and Jeremy have been active members of the professional team; maintaining contact with case management, biological families, attending court, staffing's, QPT and trainings while advocating for the children as well. They have consistently provided an environment where children flourish. The couple has been very dedicated and reliable even stepping up to assist with virtual family time during these challenging times. It has been a privilege to work with the Heenan/Davis family, and we look forward to many years to come.
Introducing Vasquez Family
The Vasquez family is One More Child’s longest licensed foster parents. They have been licensed since 2009. The family is willing to work with all members of the professional team and always does what is in the best interest of children. The Vasquez family became foster parents because they wanted to make a difference in their world and for the many children that were in the system. The Vasquez family embraces each and every child that comes through their doors and loves them for as long as they are in their care. The Vasquez family is a joy to work with and makes it their mission to help one more child that is in need of a loving and safe home environment.
Introducing Jeannetta and Serigo
In the four and a half years since they have been licensed foster parents, Jeannetta and Sergio have demonstrated their willingness to go above and beyond when working with the agency. Jeannetta and Sergio have been an asset to the agency and have had over 15 children in their home. They continue to love without limit, show compassion without reservation, and give support without reluctance to the children in their home. The agency will forever be grateful for all your hard work and dedication.
Introducing Amber and Ivette
Amber and Ivette excitedly began their fostering journey almost one year ago. They opened their hearts and home to a baby boy in October 2019, and he is still residing with the family. The family has shown their passion and dedication to providing a safe and stable environment for this child where he is currently thriving. Amber and Ivette are happy to work as members of the professional team as well as advocates for the child. They support the goal of reunification and have encouraged the biological parents to complete case plan tasks. Amber and Ivette continue to assist with family time four times weekly, and they invite the parents to all medical and therapeutic appointments. The family is now considering bringing a second child into their home. The agency is thrilled to work with resource parents who have so much compassion and integrity. We look forward to working with Amber and Ivette for years to come.
Catherine has been a licensed foster parent since September 2019. She decided to open her heart and home to foster care as she saw a huge need for children in care. Since she has been licensed, she has gone above and beyond for the children placed in her home. She has a passion for keeping siblings together - she has always had two or more children in her home so that they can stay together throughout their foster care journey. She always puts the children's best interests in mind. In the time she has been licensed, she has helped reunify two different sets of siblings. She has been open to mentoring relationships with the biological families, helping with transportation, and just representing what it truly means to foster children in need. She currently has a sibling group of 3 children in her home, and from the moment they were placed with her, their grades have improved drastically as she takes the extra time to educate them in the areas that they need more help in. It has been wonderful partnering with her in the past year and we are excited to see how much more she will accomplish with her never ending gracious attitude.
Introducing Cheyenne and Nicholas
Cheyenne and Nicholas have been a huge asset to the professional team since they started fostering just under a year a go. The couple started out with intentions of only fostering younger children, however they quickly jumped in to assist with respite placements of children of all ages when the need was presented. The family provided long term care for a child with severe developmental delays without having any prior experience with such. The family committed to caring for this child even when times were rough and they successfully reunited him with his mother. Cheyenne and Nicholas keep in contact with the child's family and continue to offer their support and guidance when needed. Cheyenne and Nicholas are never afraid to ask for support from the agency and work professionally with all member of the team. the couple has a cool, calm and collect3ed demeanor which has assisted them in becoming amazing resource parents in such a short time. Cheyenne and Nicholas, we thank you for your commitment to the kids in our community. Your hard work, dedication, and loving hearts never go unnoticed.
Introducing Amanda and Jesse
Amanda and Jesse have been a wonderful addition to our foster parent community since getting licensed in June 2019. The family welcomed two brothers into their home the day their license was issued and a third child two weeks later. The Kendall family has provided a safe and nurturing environment while advocating for the boys. Both Amanda and Jesse have worked tirelessly as members of the professional team by attending staffing's court hearings in another county as well as providing transportation for family time. This family has certainly demonstrated their commitment to children and their birth families. We look forward to working with Amanda and Jesse for many years to come.
Introducing Terry and Sharen
Terry and Sharen have been licensed with Camelot for the past two years. They have opened their hearts and home to so many children over the years and have provided valuable life lessons to the children that are placed with them. Every child that has been to their home has left there knowing that they are forever a part of the family. Terry and Sharen are always willing to give any child a chance and work well with the children to help them through their trauma. The family ensures that each child maintains and continues to grow their familial bonds. they are an exemplary foster family and recently provided a forever home to a sibling group through adoption. Thank you Sharen and Terry for all your hard work in the community and for the children in care.
Elma has been a licensed foster parent with OMC since 2017. She has fostered 14 children during the past 3 years, most of which are siblings. She does a wonderful job working with birth families and is a great support to them even after the children are reunified. She is always willing to help with placements, even late at night. She is an asset to the professional team and a strong advocate for the children placed in her care. She started fostering because she loves children and felt a calling from God to foster. Seeing the changes in children's lives and their families makes her feel like she's making a difference. Thank you Elma for all you do for the precious children in our care.
Introducing the Stephanie and Jason
Stephanie and Jason have been licensed foster parents since January 2019. The family shows the utmost commitment to each child placed in their home. They were very excited to be moving this year to be able to increase their capacity of children they are able to care for. They have shown outstanding motivation to continue fostering during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue providing a safe home for children during these challenging times. They have shown dedication to building and maintaining professional relationships with the birth families of children placed in their home. They always maintain excellent communication with their licensing staff. It is clear when talking to Jason and Stephanie how passionate and dedicated they are to fostering children. Children's Network is lucky to license such fantastic foster parents!