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Resource Family Training Institute

Meet the Trainers

Guardians of dependent children and kinship families are welcome to attend all classes provided statewide by the Resource Family Institute, free of charge, whether or not you are licensed.

Michelle Cutlip

Michelle Cutlip

I am absolutely thrilled to be in this position working with foster parents. I have worked in child welfare for the past 12 years. My career began down in the beautiful rolling hills of the Palouse, working for Juvenile Court after receiving a BS in Psychology from Washington State University (go Cougs!).

I was the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program Coordinator for Whitman County, as well as carried a case load of Truancy, At-Risk Youth and CHIN (Child in Need of Services) cases. During my time as a CASA Program Coordinator I got to work with some incredible foster parents, and this is where my passion for championing the role of Foster Parents began. During this time I sat on the board of the Children and Family Ombudsman and strongly supported the idea of increasing foster parents' roles as team members.

I continued my work with CASA in Spokane County, and after the birth of my second daughter transitioned to work with DCFS. I have been with the State for approximately 5 years. Most recently I left a case load of Family Treatment Court cases. This was an interesting yet challenging case load where working as part of a team was paramount. During this time it was very exciting to see foster parents play integral roles in transitioning children back to their birth families and remaining involved as support to biological families.

The joys of my life are my 9 and 4 year old daughters as well my wonderful husband. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to encourage those beginning or continuing their journey through foster parenting. It is my strong belief that foster parents are heroes because of their ability to shape and change the lives of those who will be our future.

Contact Michelle:

Phone: 509-363-3392

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