The WACF connects organizations and provides them with a unified voice because of its flexibility, commitment to diversity, and ability to build collaboration and community amongst its members working towards the same goal.
Since 2018, WACF has been managed by Executive Director, Jill May, M.S.W., along with a diverse Board of Directors who are responsible for ensuring that the mission, values, and principles of WACF are carried out in its day-to-day operations.
WACF works on behalf of its agencies to support systemic improvement through administrative and legislative advocacy so that organizations can operate efficiently, inclusively, and at the highest quality, as well as provide critical services for as many children, youth, and families as possible.
WACF is a non-profit organization with a wide range of members including child placement agencies, counseling centers, community services, and family resource providers.
The contributions of WACF and its member agencies are divided into three primary groups: Child Placing Agencies (CPAs), Intensive Services, and Family Preservation and Support Services.
CPAs support foster care agencies with recruitment, licensing, training, and support. Intensive Services support children, youth, and families with multidimensional and complex needs, including behavioral therapy, and family preservation agencies help stabilize families so children don’t enter out-of-home care.
Despite the importance of these unique bonds, some families are forgotten and overlooked. When that happens, the results can be tragic.
We believe Washington State families should always have the support they need to thrive. Families deserve a voice. They deserve an entire network of allies working to create a safer future for them. We’re building that network.
The Executive Director and Board of Directors are responsible for ensuring that the mission, values, and principles of WACF are carried out in its day-to-day operations.
Prior to joining WACF, Jill had been the Director of the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids and also served as the New Mexico Foster Care and Adoption Bureau chief. She has extensive experience with foster care and adoption, comprehensive diligent recruitment, collaboration, using implementation science to create and sustain system change, and implementing a customer service approach to child welfare.
She has expertise in engaging stakeholders to improve recruitment systems and in developing practice models to lead change within a child welfare system. Jill is a passionate leader of systems change to improve outcomes for children and families.
Foster America Fellow
Amy is passionate about ensuring that all children and families have the capacity to thrive. For 11 years Amy was with Denver Public Schools (DPS) in various leadership roles with a common goal of helping the district “get better at getting better.” She most recently served as the chief impact officer, leading strategy & project management, innovation & improvement, and research & evaluation.
Prior to DPS, Amy was a vice president at a global consulting and technology firm, with experience in strategy, business operations and quality management. Amy is a Fellow with Foster America, a leadership program dedicated to transforming the life outcomes of our country’s most vulnerable children. Amy and her husband were previously foster parents and now are the proud adoptive parents of three children.