Staff Spotlight: Meet Ashleigh Jeffries

Ashleigh Jeffries serves as our Intake and Placement Care Coordinator. Ashleigh comes to WMPC with nearly eight years of experience  working with Michigan children and families. In 2013, she graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. She has worked in various counties throughout the state, has an innovative mindset, and brings so much energy to our team. Her experience includes Foster Care, Friend of the Court, Families First, and worked as a Services Specialist with the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Years in nonprofit – 9

Why you wanted to be in this field:

I knew from an early age that I wanted to help people. I am dedicated to providing high-quality customer service and the support necessary to build capacity in our community.  

What is your role at WMPC? What are your responsibilities in this role?

I am an Intake and Placement Coordinator. My role is to assign cases to the five agencies and help find placements for the foster children in Kent County. In this position, I am able to help agencies work collaboratively and think outside of the box when considering placement options for our youth in foster care.

What do you anticipate being the most rewarding part about your job?

Knowing that I am helping to keep children safe. I am fortunate to have gained firsthand knowledge of how much of a positive impact one can make working with families.

What is one thing you wish people knew about foster care?

The purpose of foster care is to help keep children safe, but the ultimate goal is reunification/permanency.

How has your experience in the nonprofit sector changed your perspective?

It has made me realize that you need to have a true passion for this type of work in order to make a positive difference and help build capacity in the community. 

What is your hope for WMPC and the Kent County foster care system?

That this pilot program continues, and continues to make a positive difference in the community.  

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