About Us

Our Mission Statement

 

To surround foster children with support, love, faith, and guidance by bridging the gap between foster families, biological families, and our community.

 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ -Matthew 25:40

 

Meet Our Leaders

Angie Klug

Board President

 

In Dec 2008 my family went “Home” for Christmas from North Carolina to Texas. We very unexpectedly returned to North Carolina with a 6 year old little girl, surrendered to us by a family member who had long been unable to care properly for her child. We were completely unprepared, in every sense. What a difference The Gulf Coast Foster Bridge would have made to our family in those early days and through some very rocky years. I am proud to be a part of what GC Foster Bridge is doing, I will do my best and work my hardest to help biological families obtain the resources they need to keep their family unit in tact whenever possible and to provide services and support that enable more Foster families be able to say, “YES”.

Chrissie Kenaston

Secretary

Hi! I'm a military spouse and mom of 3. God spoke me to me during an Orphan Sunday service in 2015, showing me that His purpose for me is to help foster children and their amazing, selfless foster parents. One day I hope my family can bring foster children into our home as well, but for now it’s clear to me that the Lord wants me to be there in any way I can to help foster families. My hope is to bring awareness to our foster crisis and get the community and churches involved in healing this wound in our country. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for our nonprofit as we grow and bridge the gap between foster families and the community.

Becky Slaymaker

Executive Director

Foster Care has always been something my heart was drawn to. We were looking into adoption when I unexpectedly got pregnant with our youngest. We put those plans on hold, but I still felt a calling to this ministry. I met Dawn Keeton a few years ago and have watched her family’s journey through foster adoption. When she put the call out about wanting to start a foster closet, we immediately knew this was something we could do, while we waited to see what else we were supposed to do. Quickly, we realized that the need was far greater than just a closet for these frontline families. We have such big plans and we are happy to be on this journey with y’all!

Tanya Rodriguez

Vice President

Hi! I am married to my high school sweetheart, and together we have 6 children, 3 biological and 3 adopted. My parents adopted a sibling group of 3 when I was in middle school. This inspired me to one day grow my family through adoption. In recent years I have been made aware of the Foster Care crisis in our area, and the need for support for all existing and future foster families. I head the meal-making ministry at the Foster Bridge, organizing volunteers who make meals to stock in our deep freezer for families. I also partner volunteers with families to provide meals once or twice a month. This allows the volunteers to meet the families' needs on a more personal level. If you are interested in partnering with a family to provide a meal once or twice a month, please email me at TanyaRodriguezGCFB@gmail.com

Tasneem Torres

Board Member

Hello! I hail from beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. I am a mum to two little ones, wife to a United States Airman and a business owner. My family and I have lived all over the world and no matter where have travelled, I have always had a heart for children and volunteering. I used to volunteer with kids ministries when we lived in the US and with Refugees when we lived in Europe. When my friend Becky told me about what the Foster Bridge was doing, I knew I wanted to get involved. We cannot wait to become foster parents ourselves but in the meantime we are so grateful to able to support and encourage all the amazing foster/adopt families in our area.

Hannah Schopmeyer

Board Member

I am blessed to be the wife of a loving Husband and a Momma to 7 Amazing children. I was able to give birth to three of them. And just when we thought our family was complete, God gave us a beautiful sibling set of 4 Hurting children who had spent the majority of their lives bouncing from home to home in the Foster system. Our journey has not been easy, but the story that is being written is a beautiful story of hope, love and healing. When our story began, I thought we were rescuing these children, Only now I realize that they actually rescued me! I am thankful to be on the Board for Foster Bridge where together we Can Make a difference in the lives of these Foster Children.

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