Staff Spotlight: Meet London Tyler

West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC) welcomes London Tyler as a Parent Engagement Specialist as a part of our Parent Engagement Program. She will be providing peer-to-peer mentor and support to help build the bridge between parents, the caregiver, and the foster care case manager. Her experience in residential settings and over 10 years in the educational field makes her a perfect fit. Read more about what London brings to WMPC. Years in Non-profit: 4 years Why you wanted to be in this field?  I chose this field because I wanted to do more for my community. “I AM My…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Marleny Cortorreal

Title: Parent Engagement Specialist Compassionate, Bi-Lingual service-focused professional with excellent patientcare and case management skills gained through 3 years of experience as a CNA and 2 years as an Advocate/Case Manager. Knowledge in building and maintaining relationships with other agencies in the community to help clients overcome any barriers they may be facing, such as disabilities, Mental Health Impairments, drug addictions, lack of Education etc. Years in Non-profit: 3 Years Why you wanted to be in this field? To make a difference in the world by helping others overcome challenges they may face. What is your role at WMPC? My role is…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Krystle Bailey

West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC) welcomes Krystle Bailey as a care coordinator who will work with Wellspring and Samaritas. Krystle has more than ten year’s experience in child welfare including working in Children’s Protective Services, residential, and foster care. “One of her greatest strengths is taking the time to really listen and see people. She is a very genuine person. She truly cares and people can see that. She also works hard to understand cultural issues and meet people where they are.”- reference for position. Years in Non-profit- 11 Why you wanted to be in this field– I have…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Shateka Abbott

West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC) welcomes Shateka Abbott as a care coordinator who will work with Catholic Charities West Michigan. Ms. Abbott has more than four years of experience working as a bachelor’s level social worker and most recently served as a Licensing Specialist and Foster Care Case Manager at Samaritas. Cat Raftery, Care Coordination Manager, is excited that, “Shateka has great experience of not just working with our youth but with relative caregivers. Shateka has strong skill set when it comes to working as a team, thinking outside the box and being a support to all those she…

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2020 Q4 Newsletter

We have released our quarterly newsletter. Inside you will find our most recent successes, newest staff members, trainings and resources! Find our Newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/7487703e9ec8/q3-newsletter-more-5490145 To be on our mailing list, simply subscribe at the link above and you will immediately be “in the know” with what we are doing here at WMPC.

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Quarterly Newsletter- 2020 Q3

We have released our quarterly newsletter. Inside you will find our most recent successes, newest staff members, trainings and resources! Find the full newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/f8e67e5ae855/q3-newsletter-more To receive our quarterly newsletters directly to your inbox, subscribe on our home page.

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One of Two Choices

Written by Kristina Donaldson, WMPC Parent Planner As a parent, one of life’s greatest joys is being able to watch your child(ren) grow up right before your eyes. And one of life’s greatest sorrows is having to give up your child(ren) by losing them to the system. Having to leave them in the hands of a stranger is scary for not only the child(ren) but for the parent(s). And while it may be in the best interest of the children at the time, the guilt of abandonment and self-shaming creates a sense of emptiness. Many birth parents struggle with their…

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Juneteenth

Juneteenth in Michigan June 2005, Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed legislation officially designating the third Saturday in June as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Michigan. Senate Bill 384 (PA 48) was sponsored by Senator Martha G. Scott. Michigan was the 18th state to officially recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday.” Source: https://www.lansingjuneteenthcelebration.org/  Get Involved Black-Owned Restaurants We encourage you to support local Black-Owned restaurants!Here is a list to get you started: The Candied YamThe Chez OlgaCreston BreweryDaddy Pete’s BBQForty AcresGoJo Ethipoan CuisineThe HoneybirdIrie KitchenMalamiah Juice BarBoston Square Ice CreamThe  Black Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of Black-Owned restaurants,…

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Yes, Even You

Every single person in the Kent County community is capable of making a positive impact in a foster child’s life.  Yes, even you!   For more than 25 years, CASA of Kent County has equipped volunteers from all walks of life to advocate for children placed in foster care due to abuse and neglect.   CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocates. A CASA Volunteer focuses on getting to know one foster child or sibling group, their situation, and their needs, by seeing the child(ren) once a week and staying involved in their lives the entire time they are in…

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