As an adoptive mom, Janet gained first hand knowledge of the struggles and joys of parenting a child in foster care. She also acquired a healthy discontent with the state of the current foster care system and a deep desire for an environment where every child has true belonging. She enjoys engaging leaders from all backgrounds and beliefs to focus on the common goal of ending Virginia's foster care and adoption crisis. Her husband Ryan serves on America's Kids Belong's team. They have three children ages 15, 8 and 6.
Julie Gassaway developed an interest in reframing Virginia's foster care system through a local mentorship program. She went on to work at a private foster care agency, where she saw the need for holistic change to the foster care system for the sake of not just the children in care, but also social workers, foster parents, birth families, etc. When she's not devoting her time to help VKB towards its mission, you can find her thrifting, biking, or attempting a strange new recipe.
Director of Operations + IBPTM Director
Drew’s heart for the well being of vulnerable children started from her upbringing in India. It was in those years that her heart grew to want to love and serve others. Upon moving back to the States for college, she saw the need for a positive change in the foster care system and she became passionate about finding every child a loving home. She throughly enjoys traveling, cooking, and being with those she loves.