Together We Can Reach Our Goals

Idaho Wednesday’s Child is a specialized recruitment program committed to decreasing the number of young people who ‘age out’ of foster care.

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Meet Our Team

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Shawn White

Recruitment Coordinator

Shawn has a Bachelor’s degree from Lewis Clark State College in Social Work and spent the 8 years prior to coming to the Idaho Wednesday’s Child Program as a Child Protection Case Manager with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, working with children in care as well as foster families. Shawn’s favorite part of being on the Idaho Wednesday's Child team is getting to be a part of instilling hope in all children that they are loved and wanted and that the family that was meant to be theirs forever is out there waiting!

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Melissa Lloyd

Special Programs Coordinator

Melissa started her career at Child Welfare in 2018 as a contractor with the One Church One Child Program. Since then she has worked as the Fostering Idaho Recruitment Events Planner for the West-Hub and as a Visitation Tech for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. She finished her education in Biblical Studies in 2017, from Calvary Chapel Bible College. Melissa joined the Idaho Wednesday’s Child team in 2019. Her favorite part of being the Special Programs Coordinator is meeting all the amazing kids and being a small part in helping them find their forever home!

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Fostering vs. Adoption

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General Foster Care may be a good fit for your family if... You care about kids AND their families and want to make a difference in their lives. Though you realize it can be hard, you support children returning to their biological families. You are not in the season of life to make a life-long commitment, but want to help children for the next few years or so. You are excited to help young parents learn new skills. Though not necessarily your main motive for doing foster care, you are open to being a permanent long-term option should a child in your home need it at some point. (Called “concurrent family” and is completely optional).

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Adoption may be a good fit for your family if... You cannot fathom the idea of children leaving your home once they have lived with you. You struggle with the choices birth families make that may have caused their children to come to foster care and may struggle with supporting the reunification process. You want to build your family through adoption. You have, are in the process of, or plan on getting your private homestudy