Find your ‘parent passion’ and help a child

  • Written by Jean Parietti
  • Published in Local
Cindy Kocer enjoys a light moment with Chris Vaughn, who was her foster son for nearly three years. Kocer is a foster parent through Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. Photo: Stephen Brashear Cindy Kocer enjoys a light moment with Chris Vaughn, who was her foster son for nearly three years. Kocer is a foster parent through Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. Photo: Stephen Brashear

From babies to troubled teens to unaccompanied minors arriving from other countries, foster parents for Catholic Community Services provide temporary homes for children in many counties of Western Washington.

“Our foster parents have a lot of passion and a lot of dedication,” said Gina Pizano, who licenses foster homes for CCS in Kitsap County. “They have totally given their life to the care of foster children.”

More foster parents are always needed to serve all sorts of children.

“We have a program for every type of parent passion,” said Linda Thomas, director of the Family Preservation System for CCS.

Parents can foster teens, infants and toddlers, sets of siblings, or children who are medically fragile, drug-affected or have special needs. Parents may choose to be part of therapeutic foster care, helping children and youth with mental health or behavioral issues.

Although the programs are varied, they all have the same CCS values: a safety-first approach that partners with parents and family members, gives voice to the youth in foster care and works toward family reunification.

“Our focus is family connection, getting kids connected to safe family members,” Thomas said. 

Lean more about being a CCS foster parent on CCS’ website or call 253-363-6937.

CCS foster care at a glance

110 children and youth in traditional foster care

67 children and youth in therapeutic foster care

71 unaccompanied minors in international foster care

18 drug-affected infants and toddlers

Read more about one CCS foster parent in this December 2014 Northwest Catholic magazine story.