Who knew that a few emails followed by a trek to meet these fine people, would lead to the organic formation of Forever Families of Canada board of directors?! Well God did. While Harold and Wendi Park embarked on a Canadian God-chasing trip in 2013 with their kids to discover what it was that God was calling them to do with this notion of being part of a movement, they were repetitively greeted with a clarifying desire in parents and leaders to have a national network that would connect, equip and mobilize Canadian Christians in adoption, foster care and family preservation.
Forever Families of Canada is grateful for this dedicated team who live and breathe the hope and vision of a brighter future for children, families and churches in Canada.
Wendy Kittlitz is the Vice President of Counselling & Care Ministries at Focus on the Family Canada. She brings with her a lot of experience as a Masters level counsellor, 20 years as an adoption professional, and also 10 years as an adoptive parent. Wendy’s enthusiasm for Forever Families of Canada is rooted in the belief that families and ministries are stronger if we work together. Married to Larry for 20 years, they have two teenaged daughters. She also serves on the board of God’s Littlest Angels, a Haitian baby ministry.
Harold Park is a staff member of Forever Families of Canada, serving as Director of Family Care. He is a Masters level counsellor who is currently specializing in child permanency attachment through his doctoral program at Denver Seminary. He has experience working with families and individuals in his 7 years as a prison chaplain and 4 years as counselling pastor. Harold is unwavering and hopeful in the direst of crisis and is passionate about equipping the local church to effectively care for waiting children and families. Married to Wendi for nearly 10 years, they have 2 young biological children, 1 older daughter by choice, and are in the adoption process to add more to their family tree. When Harold is not working, you can find him working out at the gym, playing golf, or watching UFC.
Tamara Hull, along with her husband, Kristjen, are the Directors of ABBA Canada Foundation. She believes that there is a new movement rising in Canada, in regards to adoption/fostering/orphan care, but there is also a disconnect with what is happening in the different areas/regions of Canada. “There is such a strong need/desire for connection and relationship within this movement, and Forever Families of Canada will be the place to facilitate that.” Tamara is an administrative person and a “doer.” She has a heart to connect with people and to connect people with others, particularly in seeing children belong in families, and these families taken care of and supported. Her favorite thing to do is hang out with her husband and two little girls…laughing, loving & creating memories. They also have another little one that will be joining the Hull family in June 2015!
For the last 21 of 37 years at SaskTel Kevin has worked with various businesses developing strategies in assisting companies to realize the benefits of utilizing communication and information technologies to enhance business practices. Most recent Kevin’s work focus now overlaps with his outside work life in the sense that he is now working with the Indigenous Sector within the province of Saskatchewan. Lori-Lee and Kevin have been married for 40 years and have been foster parents for the last 17 years. They have been blessed with 8 children. Their first 5 children were born into their family and then God took them down a slightly different route to grow their family. They were privileged to become foster parents and then were honored to become adoptive parents which grew their family to what it is today. Now as a blended family they enjoy the opportunity to connect with the deep and meaningful traditions of being parents of two First Nations children. In addition to being foster parents Lori-Lee and Kevin are PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information Development and Education) trainers of prospective foster and adoptive parents in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Services. Kevin is the chairman of the board of directors for the Saskatchewan Foster Families Association (SFFA) and the current President of the Canadian Foster Family Association. (CFFA)