Meet our Team.
Four Agencies. One Mission.
Passionate about family and inspired to bring the power of loving foster care to children in need, the team at Saint Louis PARTNERS is well-trained, prepared and committed to giving the very best care and service to our foster children and our foster families.
Our unique partnership brings together more than 120 years of combined experience in the lives of children and foster care. Our four agencies each share a track record of providing impactful and effective services and a relentless drive to enrich the lives of children in need. With our focus on family-centered care, we believe in upholding ourselves to the highest standards of foster care, to benefit both biological and foster families. To ensure we’re meeting these standards, all of our agencies are accredited by the Council of Accreditation.
As one team, we unite the individual strengths of each agency to provide the most comprehensive foster and adoptive care services in St. Louis.
PARTNER AGENCIES LEADERSHIP
Bringing Families Together (BFT) strengthens children and families by promoting safe, nurturing environments where they can learn, grow and develop. BFT strengthens communities by providing fair, unbiased and individualized services to children and families, and recognizes the skills of each parent and child to promote self-sufficiency, unity and a healthy family environment.
In response to the call of Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd Children & Family Services (GSCFS) connects children with families and keeps families together. GSCFS provides much needed services to children and families, including a maternity residential program, foster care case management, adoption services and services for expecting parents.
Susan McDowell, MSW, LCSW
Vice President of Operations
Michelle Davis, M Ed
Program Manager, Foster Care Case Management
Michelle Meier, M Ed., LPC
Director of Foster Care and Family Services
Emily Thoenen, MSW, LMSW
Program Lead Coordinator, Franklin County
Jennifer Abernathy, MA
Program Lead Coordinator St. Louis
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services (LFCS) is committed to providing the highest quality of care to help families, children and individuals experience greater hope and wholeness of life. Inspired by Lutheran roots in ministry, LFCS wholeheartedly serves all who need help no matter their situation or background. LFCS aids families, children and individuals by providing adoption, counseling, education and resources to assist with physical and emotional needs.
Our Little Haven is passionately committed to providing early intervention services for children and families. Our community of professional caregivers creates a safe, secure and healing environment for those impacted by abuse, neglect, and mental or behavioral health needs. We make the hurting stop, the healing begin, and the love last, one family at a time.