Lynn Allen, M. Ed.: Foster Care & Adoptions Program Manager
I was born and raised in Independence Kansas and I am still a country girl at heart! I obtained my bachelors of Social Work from USC in 1999 and my Masters of Education from NAU in 2010. I proudly served in the United States Navy Reserves from 2000-2008. I began my professional career in 1999 as a Parent Aid & Family Builders Case Manager and later became a DD Support Coordinator for West Side Social Services in Glendale. In 2001, I began working with at risk pre-adjudicated youth as a Crisis Prevention Specialist for the JAG Center as well as a Child and Family Team Coordinator. In 2003, I accepted my first position as a Foster Care & Adoptions Specialist. My husband and I became licensed foster parents in 2005 and certified to adopt in 2006. We have 7 wonderful children and 2 amazing grandchildren. I believe that every child deserves to feel valued, loved and safe. My passion for working with youth and creating permanency and stability for families eventually brought me to Family Support Resources in 2013. I am excited to be a part of the FSR family and look forward to many more years of working as part of this wonderful team.
Brooke Schroll: Intake and Placement Coordinator
Brooke came on board in 2015 as a foster care and adoptions case aid and lead child care facilitator. Brooke has worked many years with foster and adoptive youth and brings a positive, caring and fun environment to the children that is in her care. Brooke is a dedicated mommy to two children and a wonderful role model of how a parent should be involved in their children’s lives and education. She is a great resource to our families and we thank her for all the little and big things she does to keep our program running smoothly.
Annie Custer: Foster Care & Adoption Lead Trainer
I grew up in Denver Colorado, moved to Phoenix in 2004, and now proud to call this home; but no matter where I go I will always be a Denver Broncos football fan. I Attended Arizona Christian University, and in 2008 I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Behavioral HI ealth. I started my Social work journey in 2006 and have been learning and growing with every step. I have a verity of experience in this field including one year as a group home staff member, four years as a high needs case manager working with families in the behavioral health system, and two years working as a case specialist with young adults aging out of the CPS system. In February of 2014 I found my way to Family Support Resources where I have the amazing opportunity to walk alongside families who are on a foster care or adoption journey. I feel very blessed to get to work together with foster and adoptive families as they make a lifelong impact in the lives of the children in their home.
Shannon Muhammad: Foster Care and Adoption Licensing Specialist
I grew up in the city of Avon (Stratford-Upon-Avon) known as the Heart of England. I am a seasoned professional with over 20 years of Social Service experience. I began my professional career in 1999 working as a mentor at Family Promise, a shelter for displaced women and children. I continued to become an Investigator for CPS after finding my calling in becoming a child and family advocate, I accepted the position as a Foster Care Licensing Specialist and fell in love with dynamics of Family Support Resources. I attended Community College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas and obtained my Bachelors of Science in Social Work, I continued my education in Arizona obtaining my Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education/ Early Childhood Special Education at ASU with Concentration Specializations/Community and Social Development. I am divorced with 3 children ages 23,19,15 and I love where I am at this point in my life.
Mary Pease-Foster: Care & Adoptions Specialist
I was born and raised in sunny Southern California and moved to extremely hot Mesa, Arizona in 1987. I graduated with my degree in Social Work from ASU in 1993, and unlike my coworker Jessica McCowan, I’m not a huge Sun Devils fan. I am married and have 3 adult children and one teenager who still lives at home. I have worked in Child Welfare for the past 15 years. Five of those years I worked for a Mentoring Agency and for three years I assisted youth as they transitioned to their adult years. The remaining seven years I worked as a Foster Care Specialist at various agencies within the Valley. I enjoy going to the movies with my husband, baking, biking and sewing. I also enjoy gardening and reading but I don’t do those as often as I could or should. But of all the things I could do, my greatest joy is spending time with my grandson, Nolan, who is currently 20 months old. Although I am new to FSR, I am not new to Foster Care and I look forward to serving the foster families at FSR and help them succeed at supporting the children of Arizona as they walk through the, often challenging, foster care system.
Jessica McCowan-Martin: Foster Care & Adoption Intake and Initials Worker
I am an Arizona native! Born and mostly raised here, although, I did spend a big chunk of my early childhood years in Southern California. I graduated from ASU (Go Devils!) with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in Spanish in 1999. I started in the field of Social Work in 2001 as a Parent Aide working with bio parents who had their children in CPS custody. It was here that I learned social work is in my blood. In 2005, I became a foster care licensing specialist and worked with families in that capacity for 7 years. I was inspired by the amazing families I worked with and their ability for tremendous sacrifice on behalf of some of our society’s most vulnerable. Through working with foster families, I saw the incredible need for homes and decided in 2009 to become a licensed foster parent. I have 2 wonderful biological children and have been mom to many over the last 5 years. I came back to work in foster care licensing at Family Support Resources in 2014 and am so excited to be back working in an area I am so passionate about.
Patty McCall: Care & Adoptions Specialist
I was born in Oregon and moved to Arizona with my family in 1976. I and have stayed here every since. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University with related studies in Sociology and Spanish. I began working in the field of social work while going to school doing volunteer work for the The Center Against Sexual Abuse. I then went on to work in the behavioral health system for Adults for Maricopa County and also worked part time in a domestic violence shelter. In 1991 I went to work for as an ongoing case manager for what is now The Department of Child Safety. I then became an investigations case manager and later became an investigations supervisor. In 2003 I became a kinship placement and in 2004 we adopted our oldest son. In 2007 his biological sibling was placed with us and then Adopted our Youngest son in 2009. Through this process I became very passionate about the role of resource parents. In July I decided to pursue this interest and came on board as a licensing specialist. I am enjoying job and have a tremendous respect for those who open their homes up for children in need. During my free time I enjoy being with my husband, two son’s and our two rescue dogs. I enjoy jogging, hiking, Swimming and Yoga.
Kelley Camasto: Event Coordinator/Recruitment Specialist & Foster Care Licensing Specialist
Hello my name is Kelley Camasto; I am a native of Arizona, married for almost 18 years. After struggling for 8 years to get pregnant I dragged my husband to a foster orientation, 10 years later we are blessed with 9 adopted children ranging in ages 1 to 17 years old, my husband today is one of the biggest advocates for foster care. As a result of our journey I have been blessed to be involved in foster/adoption for over 12 years, I have served as a CASA, on the Foster Care Review Board, worked with high needs families and children, and successfully run a large foster and adoption support group in Anthem, Arizona for over 3 years. I have a Bachelor in Psychology and over a year ago I finished up my Masters in Social Work/Family Studies.
Prior to my foster care career I was a Realtor for over 15 years. My passion for helping people and children come from my experiences with my own children/family and the spiritual calling I have in my life. When I am not working I am at home with my children having game nights, watching movies, attending church, and involved in the many sporting events, plays, shopping, and activates that are required in running a family of 11. Anyone that knows me will tell you I love to laugh, make people laugh, and enjoy life. I have a true love of advocating for foster/adopted families. I feel families today need support, encouragement, and people to believe in them.
The stronger a family is the easier it will be for them to handle any situation or child or children given to them. I am looking forward to working with each family through their own personal journey and excited to see their lives change because of the commitment they make in welcoming orphans in their home and family.
Adriane Carpenter: Licensing Worker
Hello! I was born and raised right here in the Valley of the Sun. I have been married for almost 13 years; Mama of four and Foster Mama of two (ages: 20, 12, 9, 6, 3, 2 yrs). I have worked hands on and volunteered with children/families for many years; they are my passion. I believe every child needs and deserves a safe and loving forever. I will be graduating from Arizona State University (Spring 2017) with a degree in Social Work (BSW) and Criminology and Criminal Justice (Minor). I am grateful and excited to be joining the FSR family!