Foster Parent Information Session
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a foster parent, please share these links to attend one of our virtual foster parent information session to learn more.
Information sessions are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. The next session will be Tuesday 1 March.
Contact Your Local Targeted Recruitment Specialist Today!
- Region 1 – Carissa Stone | Stone@dcyf.wa.gov | (509) 828-3019
- Region 2 – Gabriela Mendez | Mendez@dcyf.wa.gov | (509) 407-7829
- Region 3 – Angelia Etter | Etter@dcyf.wa.gov | (360) 899-6769
- Region 4 – John Gonzales | Gonzales@dcyf.wa.gov | (206) 308-6802
- Region 5 – Yolonda Marzest | Marzest@dcyf.wa.gov | (253) 306-1311
- Region 6 – Chisana White | White@dcyf.wa.gov | (360) 787-6182
- Region 6 – Amanda Wilson | Wilson@dcyf.wa.gov | (360) 999-0210
If you don’t know what region you live in, please view our DCYF regional map.
Meet DCYF’s newest Caregiver Recruiter
We are overjoyed to announce Amanda Wilson as the newest member of the Caregiver Recruitment and Retention Program. Amanda started her first day as a Targeted Recruitment Specialist in Region 6 on Jan. 18, 2022. This is huge! We now have TWO exceptional team members in Region 6 to serve that geographically diverse area. Amanda will be stationed out of the Tumwater Office in Thurston County.
Here is a little more about Amanda and the experience that she brings to recruitment and retention field:
Child welfare is Amanda’s true passion and she is very excited to join the TRS team. As an adoptive parent, and an adoptee herself, Amanda knows from firsthand experience the complex world of foster care. She recognizes the value and importance of family connections, and the significance of cultural connections for children as well.
Amanda has been employed by DCYF since 2016. First, as a case aide, then as a CFWS worker, and later as a Home Study Specialist/Foster Care Licensor. Prior to joining DCYF, Amanda worked as a Visitation Specialist, supporting children and families during parent-child visitation.
Amanda earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Saint Martin’s University and her Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. Her combined personal, educational, and professional experiences have shaped her values and approach to child welfare work. She strongly believes in humility first as a social worker, and prioritizes client self-determination alongside safety. Racial equity and social justice are additional passions of Amanda’s and will be primary motivators in her TRS role.
Region 6 TRS – Amanda Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org | (360) 999-0210