good shepherd children and family services

Board member helps agency that aided him at his birth, adoption

Fifty years ago, Marty Tobben's biological mother placed him for adoption with Villa Maria, then an agency of Catholic Charities. He grew up in a loving household with his adoptive parents, Bob and Mary Tobben of Washington and two siblings.

Now he's giving back to Catholic Charities as a board member of Good Shepherd Children and Family Services, which connects children with families and keeps families connected through foster care, expectant parent support, adoption and maternity shelter. Good Shepherd includes the functions of the former Villa Maria maternity program.

Rewards add up for volunteer at Good Shepherd

Karen Dille is a volunteer tutor at Good Shepherd Children and Family Services. She helped one of the girls in the maternal ward with geometry.

Karen Dille fell into her volunteer role as a math tutor for girls and young women at Good Shepherd Children and Family Services' maternity shelter, and she's glad she did.

Dille is certainly qualified — she taught at St. Joseph's Academy and Ritenour High School, was a tutor and helped open Grand Center Arts Academy — and she's full of enthusiasm.

Good Shepherd expands maternity wing

Good Shepherd Children and Family Services recently expanded its services to at-risk teen and young adult mothers by opening a new maternity wing.

The Catholic Charities federation agency received an anonymous donation of more than $90,000 for the construction of the maternity suite, which accommodates up to 10 mothers and their children and four who are pregnant, said Kathy Fowler, director of treatment services. The maternity program serves moms ages 12-21 who qualify as homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless or are in foster care. Moms moved into the wing in mid-September.

Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition taking steps to place foster kids in loving homes at rapid pace

Refresh store manager Jessica Goode chose clothes to dress mannequins with volunteers Halie Wildhaber and Tori Sanders, students at Incarnate Word Academy.

Tagyn Bates has been volunteering with the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition for the past two years. The sophomore at St. Mary's High School earns service hours for the work he does, but for Tagyn, the reason for volunteering is more personal -- his mother was once a foster child.

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