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“I have known Amanda for many years as a foster parent. Amanda was our favorite caseworker, she was knowledgeable about the system, cared deeply for the children in our home, and worked tirelessly to make sure the children received the services they needed. Amanda is great at communication and was always great about calling us back when we had an issue. As a foster parent this is crucial! Amanda always made us feel like we were her top priority. Her knowledge of the foster care system, the state regulations and how to navigate the many different departments is masterful and she is able to maneuver these with ease. I have nothing but confidence that Amanda will be professional, thorough, and caring in all her pursuits with Finding Forever Home Study.”
Foster Parent 11+ Years & Ministry Director
QUALIFICATIONS PURSUANT TO RCW 26.33.190/200
Amanda's personal and professional experiences have given her a unique and balanced perspective on child welfare and the positive and negative consequences of adoption.
Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whitworth University in Sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice, and a Master’s in Social Work degree from Eastern Washington University. Amanda has been employed in social services capacities in private, public, and non-profit organizations and has over 15 years of experience working with children and their families. Amanda's experience working with families and children have included working with pregnant and parenting teens, single-parent families, adoptive parents, foster parents, child care centers, public schools, behavioral rehabilitation group homes, and crisis pregnancy clinics.
Amanda was previously employed as a Child Protection Services and Child and Family Welfare Services social worker for over 7 years. In that capacity she conducted hundreds of investigations, health and safety home visits, and comprehensive family assessments for the State of Washington.
Prior to Amanda's state employment she was granted a large graduate program scholarship and was selected to participate in the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program at Eastern Washington University which included a 1.5 year internship at DCYF (formerly DSHS).
Amanda has attended over 200 hours of training including, but not limited to, trainings related to: domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse, child development, suicidality, crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, household safety, sexual abuse, physical abuse, negligent treatment/maltreatment, safe sleep, period of purple crying, infant care, disproportionality, poverty, safety versus risk, interviews and collateral contacts, and cultural competency. Amanda also completed a 40-hour course certifying her to be a forensic interviewer. Amanda has over 5 years of experience conducting forensic interviews.
Amanda has testified effectively in numerous criminal and civil trials both in person and through declaration. Amanda has testified as an expert in child safety and child welfare in numerous family law and dependency cases to include findings of fact and trials related to the termination of parental rights.