Most of the members of the board are foster families themselves and have felt the struggles and asked the questions. The remaining board members are community members with a desire to support kids in care as well as the families who are caring for them. FARE has brought together the experience, the passion, and the commitment to developing an organization to help meet the needs of the people and families who have said yes to being a safe place for a child when they need it most.
Lisa began her journey into the foster and adoptive world 3 years ago. The first little girl that came into her home was just 5 days old. And 19 months later, she adopted her. She has opened her home to many more children over the years and is far from being done. "I will continue to dedicate my life and time to loving and caring for kids from hard places and supporting foster families. Foster care isn't always easy, but it is always worth it." Lisa said.
Jerome is a second generation foster and adoptive parent. His upbringing was a busy, and often challenging environment with as many as 8 kids in his home. Today, with his wife Rhiannon, they work to support other foster parents by guiding them through the legal and emotional challenges, and continues to seek new ways to grow and learn as foster parents, and adoptive parents of 3 children. "I believe that the kids are the hero’s and we're here to give them a platform to succeed."
Jen works in hospital-based healthcare and cares for many patients who are victims of the opioid crisis. She noticed that many of these patients had children in foster or kinship care and these kids as invisible victims of the opioid crisis. Jen says, "Although I am not a foster parent, I recognize that even those outside of the foster community can support these children and the families who care for them." She is passionate about empowering the community to love and care for NH's foster kids
Renee and her husband began fostering in 2018. Together, with their young biological children, they have provided a home for foster children ranging from newborn to 13 years of age. Before joining as a board member, Renee and her family had benefited from many “Moments that Matter” events and a grant to help cover the cost of swim lessons. Now, Renee is proud to be serving on the board of FARE, and to be a part of bringing these incredible resources to more foster and adoptive families.
Abbey has been a foster parent since 2008. She and her husband, Rich have fostered many children and have adopted 4 from foster care. As a 2016 recipient of the US Congressional Coalition on Adoption: Angels in Adoption award, she is passionate about advocacy and normalcy and believes every child deserves a safe and loving home. She currently works as a case manager for medically fragile foster children as well as recruiting and licensing foster families. She loves to run, hike, and drink coffee.
Kari and her husband, Michael began their foster care journey in 2013. They have had many diverse experiences including reunification, adoption, and becoming Legal Guardians of a child. Kari is passionate about recruiting and retaining high quality foster parents and helping families network to build a strong, supportive community of foster, adoptive and kinship families in NH. She started the Foster & Adoptive Parents Virtual Closet Facebook Page where families can find and pass on items for children in care.