Foster care and adoption requires a mom to address the unique demands of a child in need while leaning heavily on the Lord to sustain her and her family. If you are interested in foster care or adoption or looking for a place to connect with other foster/adopt mamas, we invite you to this session to hear from three foster/adopt moms who offer three different experiences: one foster mom, one mom who adopted through foster care, and one mom who adopted her child through international adoption. Come hear their stories and connect with other likeminded women.

Meet Your Storytellers

Erin Brown

Erin Brown is a mom to two boys, Harrison (8) and Reid (5). While not native Texans, Erin and her husband, Owen, have called Waco home for the past 10 years and have been licensed foster parents for almost three years. Erin is a part-time accountant by day, but more likely than not you’ll find her chasing her boys from one ballfield or court to the next.

Cheryl Gochis

Cheryl and her husband, Rich, are the parents of three children: Drew and Jacob (both Baylor graduates), and Hannah who is a Baylor sophomore. Cheryl works as an HR leader at Baylor University. She and Rich are members of First Woodway where they teach a young adult life group.

Marissa Smith

Marissa Smith, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has served vulnerable populations at Methodist Children’s Home for the past seven years. Marissa’s commitment to serve children and families is not only professional but deeply personal. She and her husband, Brad, are active members at First Woodway, licensed and active foster parents, adoptive parents of daughter, Cora Jane, and advocates for parent education and family reunification.