Leading With Our Hearts
We are proud all our board members are parents, grandparents, foster parents or foster grandparents.
Compassion, love and improving the lives of children in our community is our passion, which we hope will become our legacy!
Nancy Wolanin has been married to her husband Ted for 44 years. They have 5 grown children, 7 grandchildren and multiple foster grandchildren. She has been…
Julie grew up in Ionia County, a rural area in Michigan between Grand Rapids and Lansing. As a young adult, she was a mentor in Big Sister programs in Indiana, California, and…
Originally from Livonia, Michigan, Pamela Durfee has lived in Midland, Michigan since 1988 with her husband, Loren, to whom she has been married for 33 years. They have…
Gail is a native of Michigan, a former elementary school teacher and a retired small business owner. She enjoys crafting, spending time with her grandchildren, and…
Umbareen Jamil has been a resident of Midland since October of 2000. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, she earned her B.A. from Kent State University double majoring in Economics…
Julie, an Indiana native, has lived in Midland for 29 years. She and her husband Steve have three terrific children, ages 25, 22, and 17. After graduating from Purdue…
A native of Missouri, Judy graduated from Missouri Valley College, studied at St. Mary’s Divinity School, St. Andrews University in Scotland and received a Master’s…
Jill has been a lifelong resident of the Great Lakes Bay Region. She lives in Bay City and works as a Physician Assistant in Psychiatry. She was born and raised in Linwood…
Merrit is a Midland native, attending Midland Public Schools and graduating from Midland High School. After graduating from the University of Michigan and working in…
About Our Team
Our team is extremely hard working, organized, flexible, resourceful and generous, all with the goal of dedicating our service to the children .
I Am So Thankful!
"I am so thankful that another foster parent told me about The Midland County Foster Closet! After become licensed in June of 2016, we eagerly awaited our first call, but it didn't come until April of 2018. So when it finally sank in that a new child would be coming into our home, the anxiety of the situation was overwhelmed by the loving generosity of the workers and gifts from the foster closet. We received many new clothes, plenty of used ones, toys, diapers, books, a blanket, and even gifts for our biological children that helped get them excited to welcome this new sibling! We all set up his bed, dresser, bookshelf, and were in a joyful mindset to spend our first few days just playing with and getting to know him instead of worrying about shopping for new things. We have since had the same wonderful experience with two other placements, and we continue to be encouraged that we are not alone in providing for these children- understanding that the friends I have told about The Midland County Foster Closet and made donations, the local businesses that donate items and money, the volunteers who have built shelving and spent time organizing ... we are all part of a community that cares for these children and families, helping us lighten the burdens and multiplying the joys!"
-Courtney, foster parent
Let's Make a Difference Together!
Our passion is not only to help foster children, but also the Midland County families who take them in by reducing the stress, financial responsibility and allowing the foster parents the chance to focus more on the immediate needs of the child.