G.A. Family Services, part of the Lutheran organization, recently announced the addition of Samantha Vanstrom as Program Manager for the Jamestown Foster Care Program.
“We’re very happy Sam has joined our team. Her experience with managing a non-profit program and her experience empowering teens throughout the southwestern New York area will hopefully help grow our office and provide the opportunity to help more young people in our area,” said Maggie Dreyer, Director of Community Based Services. “This foster care program focuses on youth who may have been in several foster homes or need some extra care. We have offices in Chaffee and West Seneca as well; Jamestown is our youngest and smallest program. We’re hoping to recruit, train and be able to support more families so that we all help more kids.”
The Jamestown Foster Care office opened in 2009 and works primarily with youth from Chautauqua County . All three offices work together though, covering all of Western New York.
“It’s important to me and everyone involved in this program that young people are given every opportunity to heal, to grow and to create a better life for themselves. The families we work with really care about these kids, and sometimes that is exactly what the kids have been missing,” said Samantha. “I’m really glad I can continue helping kids that don’t necessarily get handed the best life from the get go.”
Samantha is a 2006 graduate of Cornell University and holds both a Masters and MBA from the University of Maryland University College. She previously was the Senior Program Coordinator for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties Reality Check, the youth action program of the NYS Bureau of Tobacco Control. Originally from Houston, TX, Samantha lives on a dairy farm in Kennedy with her husband Eric.
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a G.A. Foster Parent, call 716-708-6161 or visit www.lutheran-jamestown.org/fostercare-therapeutic