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MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS



Andria Fontenot

Andria Fontenot - Co-Founder & Director 

Why did you want to create/be a part of Fostering Community?

One of my friends in High School was in foster care, and walking with her during her foster care journey created a desire within me to care for vulnerable children. A few years ago, Karley and I set out to raise awareness for foster care adoption and to recruit foster families. In doing so, we realized that there are many people who aren't called to be foster families, but still want to help. We aren't all called to do the same thing, but we are all called to do something. We created Fostering Community to give people in our community tangible ways to love and serve children in foster care and their foster families.

 

What is the best thing you've experienced within the fostering community?

We see God-sized miracles every week! God has opened SO many doors for us and blessed us with resources that we didn't even dream were possible. For example, The Foster Care Closet will receive a donation of 2 cribs and the same day we receive them, DCFS will call us with a need for 2 cribs. God often meets the need before we even know what the need is. It's incredible! We've also been amazed by the amount of people in our community who want to help. Fostering Community exists because people in Central Louisiana care. They donate their time, talent, finances to help meet the needs of the children and families we serve. It has restored my faith in humanity.

What makes you passionate about your organization?

"We love because he first loved us" 1 John 4:19. When you know the love of Christ, it changes everything and activates a desire within you to share that love with others. When I volunteer at the Foster Care Closet, families will come in the same day or week they receive a new foster placement. The children may have only arrived at their home with the clothing on their backs, but leave the foster care closet with clothes, shoes, school uniforms, a backpack, a bible, new socks and pjs, toys, and so much more. Foster Families often cry because they are so blessed to have The Foster Care Closet as a resource for them. While I'm helping families at the foster care closet, I will ask them what made them become foster parents, how long they've been certified, and how many children they've had come into their home. These stories, coupled with the foster families gratefulness and joy gives me the passion needed to continue the work we do.

What do you do outside of work and volunteering?

My husband and I have 2 biological daughters, Ella and Drewbee, and we are foster parents. I've been a professional photographer for over 10 years and I specialize in newborn photography. There is no abundance of time outside of working and volunteering, but we love living in central Louisiana and love and support all things local. I love Jesus, coffee, Pandora, our golden retriever, listening to sermons or audiobooks, and spending time with my daughters.

Allyson Marlowe - Co-Founder & Director 

Why did you want to create/ be a part of Fostering Community?

I often pray “Lord, what do you want to do through me?” My prayer was answered one-day last year as I stumbled upon a Facebook discussion involving Andria. She had a dream of starting a Foster Care Closet and was praying for a space. I knew I could help meet that need at First United Methodist Church, and the journey began.

What is the best thing you’ve experienced within the Fostering Community?

I work the Foster Care Closet most Wednesday nights, and have enjoyed making friends with our regular foster families and volunteers. One mom introduced me to her new placement one evening as we shopped. This mom brings the baby to see me regularly and we talk about her development. Another favorite family of mine has seven children that I look forward to seeing each week! I enjoy meeting the moms and children and listening to their stories. Every person has a story if we stop to listen. Being a small support for these families is truly rewarding.

What makes you passionate about your organization?

The people involved in our community are truly amazing from the precious children to our tireless volunteers and supporters! We are dreamers always working on new ideas to benefit our community. Every time we dream of an idea, the need is met! God is leading us on this journey and supporting us along the way – we are truly blessed!

What do you do outside of work & volunteering?

My life outside of work revolves around my family. My husband and I spend our time raising our four girls, Maddy, Emma, Amelia and Abby. We enjoy time together and spontaneous road trips! My work life includes designing homes and managing our businesses. Teaching my girls to love and serve others is important to me.


Karley Folse Duhon - Outreach Coordinator

Why did you want to create/be a part of Fostering Community?

For as long as I can remember God has put a burning desire in my heart to fight for orphans. This started when I was in elementary school and my parents kept babies waiting to be adopted.

What is the best thing you've experienced within the fostering community?

My favorite thing about the nonprofit has to be when families are matched through the Heart Gallery. When we have families fall in love with a child in our heart gallery- it makes it all worth it. To see that child be adopted into a God-fearing family and adored- it's the greatest feeling in the world.

What makes you passionate about your organization?

I know that it is my responsibility as a follower of Christ, to fight for these children.

What do you do outside of work and volunteering?

I enjoy spending my time with my husband, Chris, and two children, Ryder and Ramblyn. We love being outside! We live near my immediate family so I spend a lot of time with all of my family!
 

Erica Phillips - Treasurer

Why did you want to create/be a part of Fostering Community?

A couple extras packs of diapers is what led me to this wonderful community. A little over a year ago, when my only daughter was about 4 months old, I stumbled across a Facebook post requesting diapers of any size to help stock the new Foster Care Closet. I was happy to help fill the need but became increasing curious of what the Foster Care Closet was all about. A few baby item drop offs later, I found myself volunteering for shifts at the FCC and falling in love with the people and mission.  Now, I just can't get enough of seeing all the love Fostering Community is showing to the Cenla foster care community - from Back to School drives, to the Foster Care Closet, to Christmas gifting, to The Heart Gallery to the Birthday box project. I'm continually inspired by the kindness of others and the difference we are making. 

What is the best thing you've experienced within the fostering community?

I LOVE volunteering at the Foster Care Closet on Mondays! It always starts my week off on the right track and beginning the week volunteering is a sure fire way to kick a "Case of the Mondays" to the curb. I love meeting and helping foster parents find what they need, but NOTHING is better than getting to meet the children and play with them and see the glimpse of happiness in their eye from grabbing a new toy or book, and I just want the hugs to never stop. 

What makes you passionate about your organization?

I've always been passionate about helping others, and try to live out Galatians 5:6, where it states nothing counts except "faith expressed in love." And I wholeheartedly believe that most people in our area and community want to show that love, but in the world we live in and busy lives that people lead - sometimes they just don't know what to do. That was my story. As a new mom, I felt more isolated and overwhelmed than ever before, and I'm so thankful for Andria's Facebook post asking for diapers. It gave me an opportunity to show love. Today, I love that we can share a post and fill a need usually with just asking! God really shows up when you are bold enough to ask, and I'm so thankful we are providing a tangible way people can help the foster families in our community. 

What do you do outside of work and volunteering?

Outside of work and volunteering, my husband Tyler and I love to laugh - so at any given moment we could be singing karaoke, playing games, traveling, playing peek a boo with our 1 year old, attending and serving at our church, eating our weight in pizza, spending time with family, and really just looking for opportunities to embarrass ourselves or each other. Laughter really is the best medicine. 


Allyson Laborde Spence - Development Coordinator
Tammy Mock - Foster Parent Support Coordinator