For Kris Isom, foster care is personal. She’s walked in their shoes; she’s experienced the feelings and emotions that come with abuse. And she wants to help children who are hurting like she once was.

“At 14, after being abused by my father, I entered foster care,” Kris said. “I aged out at 19 after entering college. Even in a flawed system, though, I had some amazing social workers who poured into me.”

They inspired Kris to work in child welfare, and after graduating from the University of Oregon, Kris spent the next eight years working with children and families. She wanted to do more, though, so she obtained a master’s in social work.

I wanted to give back to other children who found themselves in similar situations to myself,” she said. “I have been doing this work for over 15 years now, and there is still work to be done.”

Since 2011, Kris has been working at the leadership level and absolutely loves it.

“God has truly blessed me and it’s my job to share the gifts he has given me,” she said. “I love being a support to the consultants who work with our foster parents and children every day.

“My dream for FaithBridge is that God will continue to bless the organization so it meets its goals; and that He will continue to bring staff to the organization who love the Lord and have a passion to help children and families.”

Kris enjoys writing poetry, traveling and spending time with her husband and stepson. She’s also writing a book about her life experiences and journey.

“I want others to know that foster care isn’t easy but it’s worth it,” Kris said. “Children who have to be removed from their family of origin need caring adults to fill the gap in their lives while they have to be apart from their biological families.”