Seeking a way to serve their neighbors, the Moores became a licensed foster family in 2016. The sink-or-swim world of foster care would have been doubly overwhelming were it not for the support they found in Foster Village. The Moores moved to Waco area in the Summer of 2017, where they are putting down deep roots. Since being licensed, they have had the great honor of adopting a son and two daughters into their family bringing the kid count up to a circus of seven.
During their time as a foster family, the Moores have seen firsthand the impact that on-the-ground support and relationships can have for foster families and families involved in the child welfare system. Their hope as a family is to bring foster care awareness to their local community and to fan the embers of curiosity into flames of service that will give way to fertile fields of community involvement. It really does take a village.
Amanda loves to write and channels her knack for painting with words into her Instagram posts and as a new contributor with Waco Moms Blog. As a stay-at-home mom to seven, she finds no shortage of material, though there always seems to be a shortage of coffee.
Community Relations Director
Mandy is a Waco native who is excited to use her gifts and community connections to help support the children and families served by FVW. She and husband Jeremy stay busy raising their 5 children that span a 13 year age range with much help from extended family and longtime friends serving as their “village.” Blessed to have been involved in adoption journeys and foster care from 2014-2018, the Mathews family now enjoys the opportunity to pour into other parents and children who hope to find the beauty within the brokenness that often comes when raising blended families.
Mandy has taught children from toddlers in church programs to eighth grade in public school classrooms, and she brings her education degree and creativity into planning and implementing programs within her church and Foster Village Waco. In her free time, she jumps at chances to travel with Jeremy, bake, see musicals and concerts, and cultivate relationships with friends and her church family as she invites them in to join the chaos in the home she loves.
Social Media Coordinator
Michelle Dale is the mother of three, or six, or nine, or more, depending on how you figure it and whom you ask.
Her family began fostering in 2015 and has had 34 foster kids come through their home since then. During that time, Michelle saw a need from foster parents receiving a placement that wasn’t being met. While growing her own family, and taking care of countless others, she collaborated with another foster supermom to fill that need. Together, they created and ran the Central Texas Foster Pantry at FBC Robinson. Donations of their own and from the community filled every room of CTFP, and helped provide the immediate and ongoing needs of foster families. When Foster Village came to Waco, it provided an opportunity to combine forces and better meet the growing needs of the local community.
Michelle lives in McLennan county with her husband, 3 bio kids, dog, cat, and whoever else God and CPS send her way.
Destiny and her husband Nick have a unique perspective as they are both foster care alumni who were adopted as young children. After welcoming their first child they were approached to become kinship caregivers to five children. With their background and compassion, the Salazar family are champions for families involved in foster care in McLennan County.
In addition to serving as Foster Village Waco’s Event Coordinator, Destiny is a Health Office Specialist with the McLennan County Health District and the City of Waco. In her downtime she spends time with her husband and beloved son adventuring around Central Texas.
Ana lives in Waco with her husband Josh and their two bio kids. Their journey with foster care advocacy began in late 2016 as they walked alongside a friend's journey in foster care and adoption. Soon after Foster Village Waco launched in September 2018, Ana started helping at the monthly Support Gathering and hasn't looked back.
If there's one thing that Ana has learned it's this: saying "yes" to foster care looks different for every family. There's always a cost when you say yes (to anything), but Waco saying "yes" to supporting families in the welfare system costs the community a whole lot less than saying "no" costs the families and children.
Outside of her day to day role as a health coach for a tech company, Ana can be found at Common Grounds Woodway, exploring Waco with her family, or doing things with her church family where her husband is a pastor.
Board of Directors
Karen Melton, Ph.D.
Karen Melton, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Child & Family Studies at Baylor University. Karen has been immersed in the nonprofit sector for over a decade working with youth and foster care agencies. In her different roles with nonprofits, she has served as Director of Programs, consultant, volunteer, and board member. She currently teaches courses related to child development, family studies, grant writing, and nonprofit administration. Her research focuses on cultivating positive experiences in order to enhance child development and family relations. Her research has been highlighted internationally by the media and has been featured in TIME, Good Morning America, and the Today Show.
Karen’s family is currently growing through adoption, and includes her husband Kyle and their two children. Karen is extremely passionate about using her professional and personal experiences to create lasting change in our child welfare system.
Jeremy and his wife are proud parents of five kids, spanning teenagers to pre-K. Three of their children were adopted - two through their journey as foster parents from 2015-2018. Jeremy has worked for SimpleBills (a Waco, TX startup company) for ten years, where he currently serves on the executive team as Chief Financial Officer.
Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and being in nature. When not working, he can often be found playing outside with his kids, running, gardening or serving his church family. Jeremy is excited to share his financial and parenting skill sets with Foster Village Waco as he looks to stay engaged with children and families in the local foster care system.
Meghan is a Mississippi native who made her way to Texas in 2004 and never left. Meghan currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for a local non-profit and uses her expertise in non-profit administration and process management to help Foster Village Waco keep all its organizational ducks in a row. Although not a foster or adoptive parent, Meghan fiercely believes there is a place for everyone to be impactful in the lives of children and families in the child welfare system, and her place is providing support to families in hopes that they feel seen and known.
In her free time, Meghan enjoys chasing after her three kiddos and seven nieces and nephews, eating popsicles with her best, pretending to enjoy working out, listening to podcasts of all manner of things no one else cares about, playing board games and building puzzles with her husband of ten years, and loving her tribe with everything she’s got.