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Barbara Wojtach, LCSW
Barbara is a social worker by profession, working in Child Welfare and the Adoption field for over 25 years. Barbara began her roles as the program manager of FAKCE in December 2013. Prior to that time, in addition to her full time job as a social worker with the County of San Diego, she was a trainer for FAKCE, specializing in attachment and adoption issues for approximately 15 years. Barbara is passionate about improving the lives of foster children by helping caregivers obtain the education and training that they need, so that they can provide exemplary care to the children in their homes.
Deb is the mom of eight children, four through adoption. She has been a foster parent in San Diego for more than 30 years and has cared for hundreds of children. A Trainer for Grossmont College Foster Adoptive & Kinship Education Program for 15 years she is also the Founder/director of the Family Attachment Resource Center.
Jeanne Schwertfeger is a foster mom of 17 years and an adoptive mom of four girls. She has had extensive experience recognizing signs and symptoms (behaviors) in foster children. She has extensive experience caring for children and youth who have experienced trauma. She enjoys sharing her experiences and ideas with other foster, adoptive and kinship parents. Jeanne has been an instructor teaching a variety of classes for the last 12 years with the Grossmont FAKCE program.
Mercedes B. Contreras
Mercedes Contreras is a mother of nine children, three of which she fostered and adopted 11 years ago. She has been with the Grossmont College, Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Care education program since 2007 teaching attachment classes. Mercedes also serves families of kinship through the YMCA family services program. She provides assistance and support in the adoption process as well as helping families navigate challenges as they arise.