Foster Care and Adoption

Catholic Charities foster care program helps qualified individuals and couples become licensed foster parents. Our case managers facilitate the initial training and continue to provide ongoing training, resources and support. We recruit and support foster parents, therapeutic foster parents, kinship foster parents and unaccompanied minor foster parents.

Monday, 26 April 2021

A Lifeline for Foster Care Families

Written by Bethany Durham

Behind every successful foster parent is a licensing worker who supports their journey with training, resources, and sometimes, a shoulder to cry on. For foster families in Navajo County, Donna is this person, but she’s also much more.

For almost 21 years, Donna has been bringing energy, positivity, and guidance to her Catholic Charities foster care team. In her role as a Program Supervisor for foster care and adoption, she manages 6 foster families and supervises 5 staff members across Coconino, Yavapai, and Navajo County. And she does it all with a smile on her face and an unrelenting sense of kindness, as well as a great sense of satisfaction.

Going Above and Beyond

Day or night, Donna makes herself available to offer help to the foster families she manages. She loves every family she works with and the relationships she develops with them. It’s clear the feeling is mutual, as Donna’s clients always have something nice to say about her.

“I feel like it’s more than just a client relationship. You develop great relationships where you can rely on one another for support and communication,” she said.

For Donna, helping children to stay safe in a quality foster home and receive appropriate care is incredibly fulfilling. It’s what gets her out of bed every day and excited to go to work.

Engaging in a Culture of Compassion

Donna enjoys working at Catholic Charities because of its mission, culture, and appreciation of diversity. The feeling of being part of Catholic Charities never fails to uplift her. Most importantly, she loves being able to assist the most vulnerable alongside a supportive team.

“I just love the feeling of Catholic Charities. I feel like we have a great team from the leadership down. I can depend on anyone and know I’ll be supported,” Donna added.

When she’s not at work assisting grateful foster parents, Donna loves doing anything that allows her to spend time with her 6 kids and 5 grandkids. As a Northern Arizona native, she also takes advantage of the beautiful weather with outdoor activities.

 

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