Meet our Advocates
TFI resources, supports, and equips Advocates to facilitate on-going, long term relationships between their local agencies and the Body of Christ.
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AlabamaBack to Top
Blake and Blair Martin live in Fairhope, Alabama, where Blake works in medical sales and Blair is a stay-at-home mom to their three children. They are enjoying their new role as foster parents and have a deep desire to help equip the body of Christ in serving the foster care community.
Kristin is married to Shane and the homeschooling mom of two boys. God gave her a passion for “the fatherless” as she read His word. For two years she prayed and waited for God to show her what her next steps were and when she learned about The Forgotten Initiative, she felt God was leading her to action.
Jamie and Catie Lumpkin have been licensed foster parents for three years and cared for more than thirty children during that time period. They have three biological sons and four long term foster children. Their journey daily takes them to the foot of the cross, where they find strength to love and serve their children’s families, their caseworkers, and other parties involved.
Jena and Keath have always had a heart for adoption. Their desire at first (after having 2 biological children) was to privately adopt an infant. After beginning that process, God divinely opened a door for them instead to foster-to-adopt a five and six year old that were biological siblings. Fostering was never something they planned to do, but they knew when this opportunity arose it was God’s plan for their lives. They eventually adopted their two foster children, but during their first 9 months of being foster parents to these siblings, they were able to see the reality of broken children, broken homes, broken parents, worn out workers, a lack of help on so many levels, and a broken system altogether. They have such a heart to fill these gaps by working with TFI. They are excited to have the resources, encouragement, counsel, and leadership that The Forgotten Initiative ministry offers to their advocates and the foster care community.They desire to see Christ exalted in whatever is accomplished through this ministry by them.
Mark and Alison Rudd live in their hometown of Mobile, Alabama and have been foster parents since 2012. They have a biological daughter, age 8, and a boxer named Bailey. The Rudd’s have had 4 placements since becoming licensed and are active in the local Foster Parent Association. Mark is a pastor at People of Mars Hill in Mobile and Alison is nursing faculty at a local university. They are passionate about engaging the church to care for the foster care community, including meeting the needs of birth families in crisis.
Carissa and her husband Chris’ lives were changed forever because of their experience with the foster care community. God opened their hearts 9 years ago to adoption through foster care and blessed them 7 years ago with three precious daughters. Through their journey they have seen many needs in the foster community and are excited about helping support their local foster care community through the love of Christ.
CaliforniaBack to Top
Becky and her husband Dominic have five children and are foster parents. When their hearts were burdened by the enormity of needs in the foster care system, they desired to be a voice for the fatherless. As an Advocate, Becky has a front row seat in watching the Body of Christ use their gifts and talents to share the love of Jesus with the foster care community.
Dale and Jillaine Maples learned of the need for good foster homes in their community in 2012, and after that, they no longer had the luxury of not knowing. They quickly began to research how they could better equip their local church to serve the foster care community. They found The Forgotten Initiative at a CAFO (Christian Alliance for Orphans) conference and soon after began the process of becoming advocates in their community of Humboldt County, California. Dale is a plumbing and heating contractor and Jillaine is a full-time mom. They have been married since 1988 and have eight children and one grandchild.
Ricardo can often be found with coffee in hand, music playing, and singing and dancing to children songs with kiddos in tow; not necessarily in that order. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Tiffany, for seven years. After having two biological children of their own, they became foster parents in 2015, growing their family of four to five through adoption. Just months after their adoption, they were surprised with the arrival of his little brother, whom they are currently fostering. Ricardo serves as the Young Adults Pastor at River’s Edge Church and spends weekdays in the banking industry.
DelawareBack to Top
Tara and her husband, Billy, live in rural Delaware and have three boys. After becoming aware of The Forgotten Initiative and the needs within the foster community, Tara was motivated to do something. She has become an advocate with TFI to bring awareness to other of needs they can fill, spread God’s love to a hurting community, and encourage the workers, families, and children within the foster care system.
FloridaBack to Top
Tammy McGuire’s experience within the child welfare system expands over the past twenty-eight years. It started in her early twenties when she mentored a teenage girl within the Foster Care system. Married for over 22 years to her husband, John McGuire, their family has been foster parents for 11 years; and have nurtured and cared for over 61 foster children in their home. Tammy and John have two adult biological children; and on April 5, 2016, adopted their last two foster children a (nine-year-old girl, and her eight-year-old brother). In 2009, the McGuire family started the Foster Closet Corporation in their home. This 501c3 Charity is a free resource, which now helps over 800 foster, relative, and non-relative placements each year. Within the Foster Closet, Tammy also facilitates a foster parent support group, as well as “foster parent’s night out” for all foster parents. Tammy has won many local and state advocacy awards. Her purpose is brought to life when speaking to local PRIDE classes about her role within the foster care system. TFI will bring a jumpstart to Northeast Florida’s churches, with the desired hope to bring His heart to the forgotten.
GeorgiaBack to Top
Amber and Jon were married April 2005 and are parents to two beautiful girls, Carter and Ellie. They are excited and expectant of God’s plan in continuing to expand their family unit. They have served as foster parents and TFI coordinators since the summer of 2013. Their passions in ministering to the forgotten is helping break the cycles of abandonment and poor parenting in their county via TFI. They hope to unite the churches in their county in these efforts by serving as the bridge between them and the foster community. Their favorite quote comes from a very special Godly counselor that has blessed their lives individually and united them as a family. It has given them a better understanding and profound empathy in ministering to the broken.
Tony and Selena live in Warner Robins, Georgia where Tony serves as the Children’s Pastor of Shirley Hills Baptist Church. Selena is a working mom of two biological kids, and she and Tony have been foster parents for two years. TFI is the God-ordained next step in their desire to improve and honor the Foster Care system in Middle Georgia.
IllinoisBack to Top
Shannon is a mom, step-mom, foster mom and adoptive mom. “Mom” is her favorite title! She and her husband, Aaron, run a small plumbing business in the Bloomington-Normal area. They are parents of four children, aged 15 to 2. Shannon knew after walking through the foster care system and adopting that there was too much need to just walk away. Wanting to serve her local foster care community, she prayed that God would show her the best way to help. She became involved with the Bloomington TFI team and found a way to grow in her relationship with God, stay active in the foster care community, and serve as a family. It’s been a perfect fit!
Growing up as a farm girl, Madison’s heart has been fashioned to pursue a cause that is greater than herself. She will graduate from Judson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry in just a few short months. As a ministry student she began serving with TFI in Elgin, IL a year and a half ago. Back in her hometown of Galesburg, IL, Madison is passionate and eager to serve the local foster care agencies and churches within the community.
As a wife, mother, and grandmother, Vicki’s life has been full of love and purpose. During the 33 years of her marriage to Ken, they have together raised four wonderful children and are now the adoring grandparents of two grandchildren. In addition, Vicki first had a career as a court reporter and is now a business manager for a nursing home. However, in the midst of it all, Vicki felt God begin to nudge her to look outside the richness of her own life and engage with and serve those less fortunate than her. Through her daughter, Jillian, Vicki’s life intersected with TFI in 2011. The more she learned about the work of TFI, she realized she, too, had a passion for the children and care-givers involved in foster care. As a result, Vicki officially began serving in TFI along side her daughter, seeking to “defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; [and] maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.” (Psalm 82:3) Vicki was involved in organizing the Elgin, IL chapter of TFI in 2013 and now serves as the local Advocate.
Carrie and her husband Seth are believers in Christ and it is their belief that they should pass on the love of Jesus to others. They have been foster parents for 5 years and are also adoptive parents. Carrie loves people, and is so excited to be a part of TFI – to have more opportunities to pass on Jesus’ love to those who are in such desperate need of it (but aren’t we all?).
Adam and Melissa have 4 children- 2 boys and 2 girls. After a powerful Bible study with their small group from church, they really had the desire to start serving their community. Melissa and Adam got connected with TFI and found out there was a need for an advocate. Half way through another powerful Bible study (studying is the easy part!) and prayer, Melissa felt like this was something they should pursue. Thinking maybe it was time to apply what they had learned! They are excited to serve the foster community and to see how the Lord can use them to help fix a broken system.
MaineBack to Top
Gary and Marie live in a small town in Southern Maine. Marie has been teaching preschool for 16 years and loves impacting the lives of children and families through the special education program she developed 5 years ago. Gary and Marie have 5 children in their home currently and hopes to bring in more someday. They took in their first foster placement last summer and God really opened doors for them to become involved in the foster care community. They began investing in relationships and churches in their area, praying over all that they believe God wants to do through them to help children and strengthen families. Gary and Marie found TFI through online research and loved reading about ways TFI was serving the foster care community. The TFI team was so helpful in the months that led up to us joining TFI in coming alongside us with hope in the midst of so much brokenness in our community. Our story is very similar to others in our region and we are excited to join TFI and bring joy and purpose to the Southern Maine foster care community.
MassachusettsBack to Top
Liz and Josh Archambault both knew they wanted to adopt while in high school before they met each other in college. Currently living in Quincy, Massachusetts, they married in 2007 and Liz gave birth to their daughter in 2013. In 2015 their son joined the family through foster care. Liz is a social worker and Josh works on welfare and health care policy. They were drawn to TFI because of the holistic focus on vulnerable adults and agency workers, in addition to children and foster parents.
MinnesotaBack to Top
Is there really anything more important than meeting a child where they are? My heart breaks for children and families whose lives have been challenged and tested by the difficulties of this world. It is through this passion, that the foster world has now become our world. Together with my husband Dave of 29 years and our 6 children, 3 biological and 3 adopted, we have been fostering for 11 years. The opportunities we have been given through saying yes to God are immense. We are continually being refined by being given the blessing of parenting our own children and others for either one day or a lifetime. It is a calling we are intentional about and are deeply thankful for, which is why partnering with The Forgotten Initiative is just a natural decision. We look forward to what God will do as we seek to empower others to move closer to God in caring for these precious souls.
Bonnie is married and has 4 children, one son-in-law, and one grandson. Through the process of adding her two youngest children to the family, Bonnie experienced the miracle of adoption and God’s grace that restores and redeems. She is excited to play a role in helping mobilize the Church to bring God’s redemption to hurting children, youth, and their families in her community.
Looking for a way to make a connection with foster care needs in her own community, TFI came into view as an answer to the “how” that could happen. Candace’s family growing up was a foster home for their county, giving her the opportunity to experience firsthand the challenges that children and foster families face. Candace and her husband Santy have two children.
MissouriBack to Top
Pam and Charlie have been married for 31 years and together have two married children. They also have the sweetest joy imaginable, an adored two-year-old granddaughter and a second precious grandchild on the way. Following their ’empty nest’ four years ago God placed a burden on their hearts for the foster community, and recently led them to The Forgotten Initiative. Pam has a vision of each local church supporting one family who is fostering – with that family being surrounded by Godly, willing helpers – as they are the hands and feet to the needs of the children placed in their homes. She is confident that if only one family in each church took on this opportunity, we could provide for all the children in care in our area – and if those churches surrounded one family each with support, that family would be blessed and encouraged beyond measure! What a tremendous opportunity to share and show God’s love!
Together, Charlie & Pam look forward to working with the other advocates at TFI, reaching and supporting the foster community in rural areas in Central and Southwest Missouri, and challenging our local churches to be Christ’s hands and feet in the care and love of these children and vulnerable adults. Now is the time to show them the love of Christ; she wants to be a part of that.
NevadaBack to Top
Gloria and her husband Michael began working with their local social services agency and churches in 2012 after attending an orientation and being moved by the overwhelming desire to serve in this area. Since then they have been blessed to expand the ministry partnership with the agencies throughout Nevada and as the West Coast Regional Coordinator for Orphan Sunday Gloria has been privileged to introduce Orphan Sunday to many of the rural Nevada areas. Michael and Gloria are also foster parents and enjoy working with the local recruitment and training team to recruit and encourage new foster parents. Although there is a level of sadness that accompanies foster care/adoption/orphan ministries Michael and Gloria believe passionately in the power and potential of the churches working together with the agencies, families, and professionals involved in the Nevada child welfare system to make lasting positive impacts for future generations.
New MexicoBack to Top
Jen is a happy mother of four beautiful children. Her husband James and she adopted a baby boy with Down syndrome in 2014. Being in the adoption community opened their eyes to the needs around them in the foster care community. They want to help mobilize the Church to meet the needs through Christ and expect to see miracles happen as He moves in the Albuquerque community.
North CarolinaBack to Top
Traci and her husband, Brad, live in Matthews, North Carolina where they are both active members of their church and community. They are the proud parents of three wonderful boys and have been licensed foster parents since early 2014. Traci is excited to partner with TFI and lead a team in Union County that will be the hands and feet of Jesus to the foster care community.
OklahomaBack to Top
When God opened their eyes in 2009 to the needs of the foster care community, He also ignited a passion in Kara to serve the families effected by foster care. Along with her husband, Cory, they have been serving Jesus by caring for those in need. Over the past few years this has included adopting their youngest son from the foster care system, and adding an older sister to the family as well. Kara has been praying for God to show her how to get others in her community of Woodward, Oklahoma involved and felt Him lead her to TFI.
PennsylvaniaBack to Top
Sean and Deanna are parents to Liza (16), Elina (14), and Levi (6)! Their daughters and son both joined the family through the amazing gift of adoption! After traveling and living in Eastern Europe, Sean & Deanna have developed a great love for children in need of a loving home! Their desire is to encourage and support those who are in the midst of Foster Care Work – Foster Parents, Social Workers and most importantly the children!
South CarolinaBack to Top
Amanda and her husband, Matt, live in Moncks Corner, SC. They have four children and are foster parents. Their lives changed drastically five years ago when God placed on them the calling to love and support orphaned and the foster care community. Foster care has become an integral part of their lives and ministry. Amanda currently leads a ministry to equip, inform and support local families through the foster care and adoption process. TFI was brought into her focus as God is growing the reach and depth of how the Lowcountry looks at and supports orphan care.
Rachel is married to Jonathan and has three daughters through the gift of adoption. She wants to be more like Jesus and to live a life of gratitude for all He is and has done. Until recently, she didn’t have much exposure to or experience with the foster care community; but the more she learned about it, the more she realized that she wanted to be involved with something so near to the heart of Jesus. She is excited about what God is doing and will continue to do in the foster care community in her city and feels honored to get to be a part of it!
TennesseeBack to Top
The Smith family has been actively involved in their local foster care community since 2010, when Andy and Kristy became certified foster parents. After a couple of adoptions filled their home to capacity, they began looking for other ways to use the experience they had gained within the foster care community, to serve that same community. The opportunity to partner with TFI has been such a natural and exciting next step to making the most of their efforts to show Christ’s love tangibly to an often hurting and hidden group of neighbors.
Jeff and Becky have 5 children. After a couple years of fostering and eventually adopting, they still had a desire to continue to help the children in foster care, minister to the social workers in their community, and support other foster families they met along the way. They were always saddened when their foster children arrived with either the typical “garbage bag luggage” or simply just the clothes on their backs. When Becky received an embroidery machine for Christmas and saw a Pinterest “pin” for Shelter Bags, the idea of personalizing bags for children entering foster care began. The ministry flourished and blossomed in meeting needs way beyond that, and they are now so grateful God orchestrated becoming part of such a kindred ministry with TFI! Jeff and Becky desire for more families to know about foster care and how God is calling them to use their gifts to impact the foster care community for Christ.
VirginiaBack to Top
Wayne and Reagan Lowe have been married for nearly two decades, have five biological children and have been foster parents for four years. The Lord has used to foster care to stretch and grow their family in a way only He can do. Saying yes to a sibling group of teenagers nearly two years ago was one of the best decisions they have ever made. They are grateful for the love and support that they have received from an extended foster care community and seek to make that support available to every foster family in their area.
Stan and his wife Angie have Pastored Clover Hill Assembly of God in Midlothian Virginia for the past 17 years. They have 4 children, one of whom was brought into their lives through the foster system– they can’t remember which one. They are thrilled to see a mobilized church in the area of orphan care and are passionate about the people of God living a transcendent life!