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Claudia has a Master's degree in Social Work from UCLA and has been a licensed foster parent for 16 years. She has a large family of seven children who were born, fostered and adopted into her family. After fostering for 10 years without much help, Claudia founded the Contra Costa Foster Friends with the goal of keeping foster doors open by providing families with much needed support. Claudia also works closely with Help One Child, running their monthly support group in Walnut Creek and providing occasional foster parent continuing education classes.
Mike has a Master's degree in Business Administration from UCLA and worked for 30 years in the Commercial Real Estate Industry. He is married to Claudia and as he is now retired he is able to help manage their large family and assist in running Contra Costa Foster Friends. He has also been a devoted, loving foster parent for 16 years.
Julie's heart for foster children led her to become a CASA 12 years ago and she was able to mentor 2 children through this program. It was such a memorable experience for her. After serving as a CASA she felt called to love on and support foster families and began a Foster/Adopt Ministry at her church. Just a short time later she met Claudia and the two combined their passion and together built Contra Costa Foster Friends. Julie is excited to continue the wonderful world of supporting foster families!
Foster Village Co-Leader
Haley is a loving mother with 1 son and has been a devoted county foster mom for the past 4 years. She has welcomed 10 children into her home and has a gift for creating strong relationships with bio family members. She serves as co-leader of the Contra Costa Foster Friends Facebook Group, together with Claudia.