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 the Parent engagement Specialist, and I will provide 1:1 peer support to parents by meeting them where they are at in life.  We empower parents to advocate for needed resources and support increasing engagement between the parents, the caregiver and the foster care case manager. By providing peer support and mentoring my role as a Specialist aims to support reunification in a timely manner and decrease re-entry into foster care.  

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

To see families, succeed and be reunited.

Knowing WMPC is a pilot, what inspired you to want to work for WMPC?

The intentional effort that every Department in WMPC puts to bettering the Child Welfare System.

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

Foster care is created to support ALL parties in the family.

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

I have learned that not everyone has had the same opportunities and knowledge in life.

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

To see the numbers of children in the foster care system decrease.

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