West Michigan Partnership for Children’s (WMPC) Care Coordinator, Myama Locke, loves Grand Rapids and is excited to start her new position to make a positive impact within the community here. Ms. Locke is responsible for facilitating the placement of foster care children with WMPC subcontracted providers and ensuring they receive quality care.
Ms. Locke is proud to serve her hometown alongside her passionate co-workers. She said the most rewarding part of her job is being able to work with WMPC’s amazing staff.
“I believe in the mission of the organization. We’re able to improve the lives of those in the foster care system and help other child welfare professionals in best practice and service provision,” she said.
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1. What is your role at WMPC? What are your responsibilities in this role?
I am the newly assigned Care Coordinator for D.A. Blodgett/St. John’s. My responsibilities include facilitating placement of foster care children with WMPC subcontracted providers. I am also responsible for providing oversight, consultation, and training for subcontracted providers and to ensure the effective and efficient authorization of all resources and appropriate services to children and their families.
2. What is the most rewarding part about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job are my co-workers and the leadership staff. The passion of the staff is amazing! I am excited to come to work everyday.
3. On the flip side, what is the most challenging part about your job?
The most challenging part is understanding all the intricate details that go into the foster care system. However, I believe that these challenges can be faced and overcome with time.
4. What inspired you to want to work for WMPC?
I wanted to make an impact at a start-up in the city where I was born and raised, as I did in a previous new program in the Detroit area. I believe in the mission of the organization, as it relates to child welfare and helping other child welfare professionals in best practice and service provision.
5. What is one thing you wish people knew about foster care?
I wish people knew that foster care is not meant to destroy the community but to build it by helping restore broken families.
6. How has your position at WMPC and your experience in the nonprofit industry changed your perspective?
My perspective of the nonprofit industry has remained the same. I believe that I am able to make more of an impact in child welfare because of the opportunities that exist within WMPC.
7. What is your hope for WMPC and the Kent County foster care system?
My hope is that WMPC will begin to open up the lines of communication between the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the private foster care case management agencies, community partners, and community members to strengthen families in the Kent County region. The strengthening of families and the community will definitely impact the foster care system in this region for those families that are more at risk.
8. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I am very excited about my position here and the work of WMPC in my city and community. I love the Grand Rapids community and want to do more to influence here.