The moment I walked through her front door I felt at home. The smell of fresh cut flowers met the sparkle of airy painted walls, white tile, and handcrafted woodwork. Mandy Neill and her husband Matt have made their home in Seattle a haven for friends, family, and foster children, and anyone else who finds themselves on their steps.
The first time I met Jeanmarie Moore I knew she was special. Office Moms & Dads had only been operating for six months, but we were eager to share the idea with our neighbors in Cowlitz County, Washington. She had travelled to our office in Vancouver with her counterpart, Teresa Rivera, who would later become the in-office liaison for the Cowlitz program, and together they would champion the implementation of the first-ever extension of Office Moms & Dads, “from the time I went to Vancouver to see how they did things, I was hooked. This was a GOOD idea that really made a difference”.
Foster parents, relative placements and guardians alike who care for children outside of their own with a never giving up mentality, and the “I will fight for you always” type of care, is something I’ve heard being referred to as Bleeding Hearts. I have the great fortune of knowing many such families which is a […]
As a foster parent and mother of four, Sarah Desjarlais could not help but notice the need for childcare at DSHS offices where children are brought to wait for foster home placement.
“There must be a better way,” Jeanmarie Moore thought as she saw the 8-year-old boy listen to a social worker.
Last May the Seattle OMD program partnered with Light Up the City to bolster awareness about Foster care and give folks an opportunity to get involved.