Staff Spotlight: Meet Andrea Copeland

Andrea Copeland is one of four care coordinators employed by West Michigan Partnership for Children. Within her role, Andrea works directly with one of WMPC’s partners, D.A. Blodgett — St. John’s, to provide support, consultation, and insight into foster care and adoption cases that may need assistance.

Continue reading to learn more about Andrea and her impactful role at WMPC:

What is the most rewarding part about your job?
I love having opportunities to brainstorm creative ideas and offer flexible solutions to barriers identified within foster care cases. As a care coordinator, my role is really unique. I’m working directly with foster care agencies and my team members in order to brainstorm best practices that are needed to meet the needs of our families and children.

On the flip side, what is the most challenging part about your job?
The most challenging part of my job is navigating barriers that may hinder system-wide change. Foster care policy is intricate and can present obstacles, but it’s encouraging to work with a team that views barriers as opportunities for creativity and system-wide growth.

As a brand new start-up, what inspired you to want to work for WMPC?
My passion is policy development, and specifically working within child welfare. Having the opportunity to come to WMPC and create large-scale opportunities for children is a great feeling. I’m so grateful to be a part of the WMPC team!

What is one thing you wish people knew about foster care?
I wish that people knew how hard foster care and adoption staff work to improve the lives of families and children in foster care. I wish that everyone could witness an accurate depiction of the foster care industry — people who are driven to improve the lives of families and children and tirelessly work toward that goal (instead of the common myths and misconceptions that are often associated with the industry).

How has your position at WMPC and your experience in the nonprofit industry changed your perspective?
My experience in the nonprofit industry, including my role at WMPC, has allowed me to understand the multiple systems involved, and how state and federal policies affect youth on a large-scale.

What is your hope for WMPC and the Kent County foster care system?
My hope is that WMPC will positively impact children and families that have involvement with the courts, or foster care, for years to come. I hope that we will be able to positively support the workforce in local and statewide communities.

To get in touch with Andrea, email: acopeland@wmpc.care

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