I am Shannon, a Cofounder of the Washington County Foster Closet. My amazing husband, Mike, and I have been Washington County foster parents since 2017. We have our adopted son, Henry, and currently have 2 beautiful girls placed in our care. Since I, too, was in foster care and adopted, I am extra passionate about this cause. I started this organization to help ease the stress of the first few days of having a new placement in your home. I live by the motto of, “It takes a village”. These are not my children, but our children. Life can be crazy, and we’re all in this together. Koa, Colleen and I want all of our fellow foster families to know that we are here for you, and we understand all of the struggles that come with being a foster parent. While it’s not always easy, it is ALWAYS worth it.
My biggest joys are, in no particular order, being a mom, going up North to our cottage, soaking up the sun, listening to live music, and growing and tending to my hobby farm.
My main roles at WCFC include, but are not limited to: public relations, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, event planning, and overseeing day to day operations.
My name is Koa and I am a single mom raising 2 boys, ages 18 and 7. We also have a dog named Rosie and a turtle named Flash. I work full time as a 2nd grade teacher with Slinger School District at Allenton Elementary School. My family enjoys going to sporting events, as both boys are very active. My oldest is attending South Dakota State University and plays on their football team. We spend a lot of time with family and friends. I look forward to every summer where we spend many days at the beach or pool, soaking up the sun, and relaxing.
I have been a licensed foster parent, with Washington County, since 2015. My faith and passion led me to becoming a foster parent. It is difficult at times, but it is so worth it. I love opening my house to kids who need a loving and supportive home. I have also truly enjoyed the connections and relationships created with other foster families and biological families. This journey has been a true blessing.
I am one of the founders of the Washington County Foster Closet. Since the beginning, we have worked hard to create an organization that betters the community. My role is to organize donation drop offs, connect with social workers and families that need to pick up items, and guide new foster families in establishing relationships with other foster families.
My name is Colleen and my husband, Nate, and I have been licensed foster parents, in Washington County, since 2017. We are California natives and moved to Wisconsin in 2011. We have a beautiful family that includes our 3 biological children, and 1 adopted child through foster care. My husband and I have always wanted to have a big family. Our 3 kids are truly a blessing, though we felt something was missing. We realized, in our hearts, that fostering was something we were made to do. I am so proud of my biological children for understanding the importance and impact of being a foster family for they truly do get it. They are just as open and accepting to taking in kiddos as Nate and I are.
In my free time (what’s that?!?), I enjoy traveling to see our extended family, camping, hiking, swimming and helping lead my daughters’ Girl Scouts Troop. I also served 8 years with the US Coast Guard and am proud to have served my country just as I am proud to serve the families in my community. Being in the military really taught me the importance of structure, being organized, and devotion to the things that matter most. It is those skills that make me a key asset at the Washington County Foster Closet.
If I don’t, who will?
Washington County Foster Closet
3018 E Progress Dr.
West Bend, WI 53095
** 1st Sunday of Every Month 9:00AM-Noon