Foster Parent Central

Foster Parent Central

Here's a page dedicated just to our Foster Parents where they can find great tools and resources in our community!

If you have any questions, feel free to call Deb Disler at 616.451.2021 or to email her, click here.

Community & Family Events
• Kent County 4-H Youth Development is seeking adult volunteers & new youth members to “Join the Revolution of Responsibility!”

4-H fosters children’s development in leadership, citizenship and life skills with more than 1,000 projects with topics as varied as rocketry, GPS mapping, public speaking, computer game design, nutrition, raising livestock and companion animals, photography and community service. For more information on becoming involved in the community as a 4-H Leader or 4-H member, visit <> to view the 4-H Youth Development page or call Kristi at (616) 336-3287.

Click here for the link for more information about Michigan 4-H Youth Development.

• It’s time for your Annual Review or your foster home license! Please review and complete the paperwork included in the packet before you visit with your licensor. Failure to do so may result in a delay in renewing your license and effect your foster care payments.
• Driving Documents Needed! Foster parents are now required to provide a copy of their driving record, car insurance, and driver’s license (if expired since last evaluation) each year.
• Quarterly Newsletter! With the launch of the foster parent webpage, we have decided to publish the newsletter 4 times (quarterly) each year in the spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Training Opportunities
Locally offered sessions
• “Hand in hand, across Michigan” – Spring Training Conference sponsored by the Michigan Association of Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents (MAFAK). For more information, click here.

• Foster Care and Special Needs Adoption Program Orientation - for the 2014 schedule, click here. 

• PRIDE Training - For the 2014 schedule, click here.

• The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children - click here for more information.

• Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Training - For more information, click here.

• Procedures & Treatment for Lice - below are two links to videos on this topic.

Internet Options

Forms *click on the name of the form highlighted in purple to view the form.
• Critical Incident Report - Board Approved Policy
Medication Administration Guidelines
• First Aid/CPR/Medication Guidelines Acknowledgement

Suggested Readings from Foster Parents
The Connected Child by Karyn Previs

Foster Care/Licensing Staff Update
No recent news

Foster Parent News | Feb/March 2011
Foster Parent News | April/May 2011

Staff List
*To email a staff member, click on their name highlighted in purple.

Foster Care and Parent Therapist (PT) Staff

Mary Jo Sabaitis – Program Manager

Jody Smith - Supervisor
Bethany Benson
Allison Hartley
Jacquelyn Helsen
Nicole Nielsen

Stephanie Meeuwenberg - Foster Care Supervisor
Niesha Williams
Kristy Dyer
Brittney Beckman

Amy VeNard – Foster Care Supervisor
Kara Malosh
Georgianna Poulos
Maggie Davis
Marie Koziel

Don Lappinga – Parent Therapist Supervisor
Lenair Correll
Jen Fedewa

Ann Silbar-Tarr – Parent Therapist Supervisor
Randy Wright

Julie Ludema – Supervisor
Cathy Cornelius (Foster Care Intake)
Stacey Williams (Foster Care Case Aide Supervisor)

Licensing Department Staff

Deb Disler – Department Manager
Lisa Puente – Parent Liaison/Recruiter

Mary Lou Bomgaars – Supervisor
Alli Muir
Mary Jo Steffens
Melissa Moore
Mike Vargo

Helen Samples – Supervisor
Brian Schafer
Cheri Van Assen
Gini Gordon