Who We Are

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”. – Edmund Burke

Who We Are

We are a group of committed believers that see the crisis with children and have found a sustainable solution to engage churches in their mission to care for orphans and widows.

God has a heart for all people, but a special place for those who are destitute, and so should we.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”-  James 1:27

Our Mission (Why we do what we do)

Making a lasting difference in vulnerable children’s lives

Our Purpose

Empower and engage churches to raise up and support foster and adoptive parents who are committed to changing the lives of vulnerable children

Our Vision

We Ignite churches to support foster and adoptive families.

 

Our Team

Kim Trainer

Founder/CEO

The happy mother of five children, four of which are in college/graduated and one child still at home.  She has been married to Tony for 28 years. During this next season of life, she sees the critical need to stand up and advocate for children who cannot stand for themselves.

Al McCarn

Board Member

Al McCarn retired from the US Army in 2012 after a long career as a Military Intelligence officer. His training in international relations and history served him well in 30 years of military and government service. Now he uses that experience in service to several ministries. Since 2016, he has served as Executive Director of B’ney Yosef North America, an organization dedicated to helping bring about the final redemption of all Israel by promoting unity among the different segments of God’s covenant people. Al and his wife Charlayne live in Charlotte, North Carolina, along with their dog, Blue.

Amy Blankinship

Board Member

Amy Blankinship joined the board in 2019 as the treasurer.  She has a passion for strengthening families and a heart for saving children. She and her husband Max raised four daughters and now enjoy five grandchildren.

Kathryn Cohen

Administrator

Kathryn has a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Texas at Austin. Working as a Dance Instructor and Office Administrator, she initially joined Fostering the Family as the Social Media Liaison shortly after becoming a FIT FAM Advocate at Founded in Truth Ministry with her husband Benjamin. This has grown into becoming the Administrator and working closely with the Board and our Founders to ensure smooth operations. Kathryn and Benjamin intend to become foster parents later in their marriage.

Betsy Ruch

Founder/COO

Betsy is a Guardian ad Litem advocating for children in foster care. Also the DSS liaison for Fostering the Family working with legislators to promote meaningful changes that improve the environment of foster children and families who care for them . Betsy meets with church pastors and other leaders to help them develop a foster adoption ministry.  She is a married mother of 2 and loves to travel.

Tony Trainer

Board Member

Spent 20+ years as a Pastor, reaching out to the next generation of young people. He has been married for 29 years and has 5 children. His foremost ambition is to instill godly values and vision into his children passing down a godly legacy. He has expertise in pastoral counseling and ministry development.  He works as a Sales manager for an international equipment company based in Houston, TX. 

Brian Boyd

Board Member

Brian Boyd and his wife Sarah have five children and are in the process of adopting their sixth child. They have lived in Fort Mill for over 15 years. He brings over a decade of experience as an IT professional who has primarily worked in the nonprofit sector. He is community focused and served as president on his HOA board. What really sets Brian apart is his passion for God and serving people. Together both he and his wife are mission minded to impact the lives around them.

Doug Meyer-Cuno

President of the Board

Doug founded Carolina Ingredients, a national recognized and award-winning industrial seasoning manufacturer and distributor based in Rock Hill. Under his leadership, Doug led the company’s growth into several industrial food markets becoming one of the premier privately owned seasoning manufactures. The company was the first photovoltaic system in York County and still considered to have one of the largest photovoltaic systems in the county. Solar energy supplies alternative fuel for the production plant as well as hot water for the office complex.
Doug is married to Dr. Margaret Edwards Meyer-Cuno. Together they have four wonderful adult children. Doug and Margaret are active in their church and community. They reside on Lake Wylie and enjoy boating, good food, and watching sunsets with a glass of wine. Committed to a physically fit and healthy lifestyle, Doug exercises five days a week.

Christoph Halverson

Board Member

Christoph and his much better half, Ashley, are foster/adoptive parents who currently have five children, ages six and under. They were Fostering the Family’s “flagship family” and Christoph has enjoyed being a part of the process as Fostering the Family continues to grow. 

Tim Matyaszek

Board Memeber

A graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Tim is a medical sales professional who resides in Fort Mill, SC. He has served on several boards and commissions in the business and government sectors. He brings a business expertise and desire to serve foster families to the board.

Raushawna Price

Board Memeber

Raushawna Price, the Giver of Awesomeness™, is a small business owner who focuses on helping clients and organizations overcome the impacts of adult bullying.  She is a certified coach and international speaker who passionately brings awareness and strategies to overcome the worst situations. She is a wife and mother of two and enjoys CrossFit style workouts and jigsaw puzzles in her spare time. 

Jordan Smith

Board Member

Jordan is a REALTOR® and real estate investor from Rock Hill, SC. As a former pastor, his heart to serve others and advocate for those in need drew him to join the mission of Fostering The Family. He and his wife Carmen have two children, Charlotte and Josiah. They have experienced the impact of a care community firsthand through the process of Josiah’s adoption, and are passionate about giving that same experience to other foster and adoptive families!

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