Beth Caldwell serves as West Michigan Partnership for Children’s (WMPC) Director of Care Coordination, a vital role that encourages home permanency with children and families in the local foster care system.
In this leadership role, Beth oversees a team of care coordinators and provides insight into ongoing Kent County foster care cases. With over eight years of industry experience, Beth brings an innovative and collaborative spirit to the WMPC team.
Continue reading to learn more about Beth:
What is the most rewarding part about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is the advocacy that I can provide to children and families experiencing a significant disruption to their lives. There is always an opportunity to utilize community resources to enhance how we can deliver services to children and families.
On the flip side, what is the most challenging part about your job?
The most challenging part about my job is similar to the most rewarding part about my job. When the opportunity for innovation arises and there are obstacles that prevent a positive outcome, it can be discouraging.
As a brand new start-up, what inspired you to want to work for WMPC?
I was drawn into the collaborative and innovative spirit when I saw the job description. I am a foster and adoptive parent myself, and I managed a foster care and residential refugee program. I see the impact that service barriers can have on children and families, and I was excited to become a part of an innovative team and community of people trying to address this issue. The energy and enthusiasm at WMPC is contagious and inspiring.
What is one thing you wish people knew about foster care?
I wish more people knew that engaging kids and families, even in such a difficult time in their lives, isn’t scary. It doesn’t take a skilled professional to be able to sit with a hurting child, show them love and attention, and make an impact on their experience in foster care. Sometimes the simplest act can be the most meaningful. As a foster parent it can be challenging and can take a lot of your patience and energy, but over time the reward of that relationship is great for you and the child.
How has your position at WMPC and your experience in the nonprofit industry changed your perspective?
My time at WMPC has given me a glimpse of how children and families are served in local and statewide communities. It has informed my perspective on the barriers that exist, and has opened my eyes to the opportunities that are available for the foster care children and families in Kent County.
What is your hope for WMPC and the Kent County foster care system?
I hope that WMPC services can meet the needs of all children and families in our community. I hope that we can help build a trauma-informed and responsive community that wants to strengthen its families.
You can reach Beth by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org