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It Takes a Village - Caring for our community's black kids in South Sound

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Urban League

2550 South Yakima Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98405

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Washington is facing a crisis-level shortage of Black/African American foster families. Join us and continue the conversation to learn more about supporting Black foster children and youth. We are very excited about the momentum that has been generated in the wake of the event in May, and look forward to this opportunity to continue answering the community's questions!

This discussion will be facilitated by Judge Frank Cuthbertson, Pierce County Superior Court Judge, with panelists:

CeCe Smith

CeCe Smith is a second generation foster parent who has been fostering since 2007 and has cared for over 25+ youth. After being raised around youth in care for over 18 years she decided to become a foster parent and has spent over seven years working with young adults post foster care. CeCe really enjoys advocating for youth in care and looks forward to serving them as the Fostering Together African American Community Outreach Liaison.

Trey Rabun

Trey graduated with his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2011 and soon after begun his career at Amara. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hampton University and a Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois. Trey spent 4 ½ years as a case manager at Amara assessing, licensing, and supporting foster parents and their foster children. In April 2016, he took on a new role leading Amara’s efforts in outreach and recruitment of foster parents. Personally, Trey and his partner have been foster parents for about 1 ½ years and currently have a two-year-old foster child.

Jamia McRae

Jamia graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington-Tacoma in 2009. She then went to work with the Department of Social and Health Services as a children and family services (CFWS) social worker. In the past nine years with the Department she has now worked not only in CFWS, but in both CPS-Family Assessment, CPS-After Hours, and Family Voluntary Services (FVS) programs. She is now serving in a new role as the Permanency Outcome Facilitator, where she is working with social workers in getting children to permanence in a more timely manner. It has always been Jamia’s mission and focus to help children and families to reunite and by giving them the tools to become better parents. She also has done work in exploring the disproportionately of African Americans that exists in the child welfare system, and working from the inside to come up with simple solutions to dismantle it.

Bradley Loetzke

Bradley is a Treehouse educational specialist in the Tacoma Public High Schools. He is a graduate from Foss High School (high school diploma), Tacoma Community College (AA in arts & Science), Evergreen State College (BA in arts with law emphasis, and currently attending Seattle University for a masters in criminal justice. Bradley works as a volunteer at Ramenn Hall juvenile detention partnering with Yoga Behind Bars, teaching yoga to youth incarcerated. He is very passionate in helping to giving back to the city who raised him, Tacoma.

Brittney Lee

Brittney is a young black woman, a 23 year old college student and a former Foster youth. Her aspiration is to share her experience, growth and knowledge with youth in foster care; especially black youth and to help ensure that they grow up with a rudimentary knowledge of black American culture and history and then at least some of African cultures as well. She strives to be able to advocate for youth in general, but focusing on foster youth who have no one else willing to go above and beyond to speak for them and their rights as a foster youth and as a citizen. She wants to be the person she needed when she was younger.

Jackie Tutt

This is a closed conversation for those who identify as African-American and/or Black. Allies, we thank you for honoring this space.

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