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Team Coordinator, Fostering Futures NY

As Team Coordinator, Debbie presents the Fostering Futures NY program to community organizations for the recruitment and development of volunteers who will become a part of a foster family's support team. She assists with the training and ongoing oversight of the volunteers in three counties of New York State.

Debbie began her work with FFNY as a volunteer supporting one of the families in the program. She saw first-hand how loving foster parents provided selfless care to children in the child welfare system, and helped them to heal. She finds joy in the excitement of the children as they come to know their family's team.

Debbie comes to WRI with special education and creative arts experience at the Center for Disabilities and St. Margaret's Center, and previously in the Troy School District. She worked for 20 years for the New York State Education Department in the Child Nutrition Program Administration responsible for the New York City region. Debbie received a bachelor's degree from Russell Sage College in Troy.

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