Jan first became intrigued with the foster care system when she began representing children as an attorney in California’s Dependency Court. Through this pro bono work, she realized that children needed caring and qualified foster parents as well as a stable of committed professionals. After a few years of representing children, Jan and her husband became foster parents and then adopted their first child through the foster-adopt program in California. During the next two years, they adopted two more children through the same program. After moving to Washington in 1998, Jan and her husband became licensed as foster parents and adopted a fourth child. In addition to the four children, they now have placement of one relative child and a kinship child.
In 1999, Jan started working in the social service arena as a foster home licensor with a private agency. After four years, she began working at the Resource Family Training Institute, later serving as a supervisor covering Regions 1, 2 and 6. She is currently Child Welfare Training Manager for the University of Washington, serving Region 1. Jan’s background includes many years as a teacher and trainer in the legal field. She feels fortunate to have transferred these skills into a forum where she can meet with, and facilitate training for, those she respects and admires ― foster parents.