May is National Foster Care Month, and we’re excited to introduce you to our US Kids staff throughout the month.
Find out what inspires them each week. Guaranteed, you’ll be inspired, too.
Meet Megan Malinoski, US Kids Program Director
My Work at WACAP:
I work to find safe, loving, welcoming, permanent families for children in the U.S. foster care system who are in need of a home.
Why I Do What I Do:
Before joining WACAP’s team I worked as a child welfare supervisor at DSHS. We had a 10-year-old girl who, through absolutely no fault of her own, was without a foster home from right after Thanksgiving until the New Year.
She was struggling emotionally, mentally, and behaviorally from the lack of stability that comes from not having a permanent home.
When she finally settled in a foster home, I spoke to her on the phone one day. She excitedly told me about her new home, new school, and new foster siblings.
It was amazing how different she sounded.
Her voice had a lightness to it that wasn’t there before, and she sounded like a child.
I hadn’t realized that for all those weeks that she was without a home, she sounded so much older than her age.
I said to her, “Sweetie, you sound so different. You sound like a kid!”
She responded, “That’s because I feel like a kid again.”
This smart, brave, funny, sassy little girl changed my life.
My goal is to work tirelessly to help all children in need find a safe, loving family so that they, too, can feel like kids again.
What You Can Do To Help:
Educate yourself on the need for foster families in your own community and get involved.
If fostering is not something that your family is prepared to do at this time, getting involved could mean something as simple as taking dinner weekly to another foster family.
If your home and your heart does have the extra space for a child, become a foster family! If you have questions, please ask.
Quote That Inspires My Work:
“We are all just walking each other home.” – Ram Dass
WACAP helps find homes for children in state foster care. Learn more about U.S. Kids foster care and adoption or contact us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.