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Category: Foster Care and Adoption

Virginia is a Life-Changer!

“That’s not for me,” Virginia remembers thinking when she heard a radio ad encouraging people to become foster parents. “Then I felt guilty.” She asked God to give her a sign if he wanted her to be a foster parent. “The next day, I saw a great big sign saying ‘become a foster parent’ as…

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A Loving Family: Meet Melanie

“Many people thought I was going to break when I went into foster care,” says 19-year-old Melanie. “But I knew that I was strong enough to become the person I wanted to be.” At age 15, Melanie entered the child welfare system and was placed with a foster family. “I was nervous and a little…

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Meet Melanie

Former Foster Youth in Wayfinder’s Foster Care and Adoption Program When you first came to Wayfinder, what was your biggest obstacle? What did Wayfinder do to help you overcome it and thrive? My biggest obstacle was feeling that nobody heard me or believed me. My social worker helped me. She would talk to me on…

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Meet Frankie Jones

Wayfinder Residential Counselor at The Cottage, a Transitional Shelter Care Program How do you bring Wayfinder Family Services’ mission to life? I show the residents that when you work for something, you will be rewarded. When you help someone, when you show compassion to someone, compassion will come back to you. What does being a…

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A family of a mother and two young daughters smiles at the camera. One of the daughters is standing behind her mother with her arms around her shoulders.

Leslie Oropeza is a Wayfinder

Meet our Executive Director of Foster Care and Adoption Services Leslie Oropeza is recognized for her ability to nurture relationships with our children, families and community partners. We asked her what being a Wayfinder means to her. How do you bring Wayfinder Family Services’ mission to life? I am motivated by our children growing and…

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