For information on education and training, call:
Foster and Kinship Care Education Program Staff
Program Email - Foster-Kinship@redwoods.edu
Office (707) 476-4455
For information on becoming a Resource Family provider, call:
Deanna Perry Ellis
Del Norte County
707-464-3191 ext. 2703
Trainers and Facilitators
Dawn Albrecht is a First Aid / CPR instructor and emergency planning consultant specializing in working with businesses, agencies, service providers and individuals who serve vulnerable populations. Drawing from her experience in special education, social work, and the mental health fields, she has also worked to provide behavioral and mental health support to children and families who have experienced trauma, as well as working with seniors and individuals with physical and developmental disabilities
Beatrice Avcollie has two children and three grandchildren. She has over 27 years of experience working in the field of child welfare, having worked in Los Angeles, Orange and Humboldt Counties. Most of that work has focused on working with children in foster care and their families. She developed and presented training on Permancy Options for caregivers interested in providing permanency for children who were unable to return to their family of origin. She is a trained Team Decision Making facilitator, and has conducted numerous family meetings to encourage family members to participate in making important decisions for their children. She has been a FKCE trainer at College of the Redwoods for the past six years.
Ann Blackwood has worked for County of Humboldt for 20 years. Prior to that, she worked for Eureka City Schools as a Community Liaison & Family Services Advocate. She is currently the Education Liaison for the Dept. of Health & Human Services - Children & Family Services. She offers support to Foster Youth, Families, Resource Families and Social Workers in navigating the education & school systems and trains Social Workers & Community Members about the laws and regulations concerning Foster Youth Education. She is the Liaison between schools, social workers & families with the focus of what is the “best interest” of the child. She stated, "I feel honored to be a part of the Resource Family Approval training and helping new resource families have a name & face of a person they can contact with any concerns about their youth’s education".
Michelle Moore and husband Tom started fostering in 2002. They have 3 biological kids and 1 adopted. Michelle enjoys teaching "This is your Life" and is also the foster parent mentor for Del Norte County. They have had almost 50 children in and out of their home in the last 10 years. Their motto is "Once our kids, Always our kids". Their goal is always to keep families together. They maintain a positive and healthy relationship with the biological parents and enjoy helping them succeed to be productive parents.
Alyssa Thom is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), who specializes in adoption-related issues. She has many years of experience as an adoption specialist for Humboldt County and previously supervised the adoption program. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Santa Cruz and received her master’s degree from California State University, Bakersfield. In her free time she enjoys backpacking in the Trinity Alps and volunteering with local animal rescues. Alyssa teaches the Adoption Class which is held once a quarter.
Laura Ziemer was placed in foster care at birth and adopted out of foster care as a young child. She grew up in an amazing, active foster family home. Growing up around medically fragile babies gave her a passion for child welfare. Laura started publicly speaking on a volunteer basis when she was nineteen for State Adoptions and the FKCE Program. Laura teaches the Module 3 RFA training on Cultural Sensitivity and LGBTQQIA/SOGIE Sensitivity.
Cherie’ vonSavoye is employed with Humboldt Child Welfare Services as a Program Manager II. She has worked in the Emergency Response and Ongoing units as a Social Worker and was a Supervisor in the Ongoing Unit for about five years. She has done forensic interviewing through the local Child Abuse Services Team (CAST) and is involved in the local Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) steering committee. She has experience working with Domestic violence and was employed through the local DV agency for about 7 years. Cherie is an RFA trainer and provides classes on CSEC and grief and loss.