Over the past eight months, AGAPE has had the privilege of hiring three new caseworkers to serve children in our foster care/adoption program. The addition of these caseworkers indicates significant growth for AGAPE as it enables us to serve a greater number of children with the healing love of Christ. Currently, AGAPE is working with 60 fully licensed, Christian foster families who provide safe, loving foster homes to more than 60 children in Middle Tennessee.
We are excited to introduce these new caseworkers to you, who are part of our larger Social Services team, which is a group of dedicated, passionate individuals who work tirelessly to support every child and family in our program.
Kiescha Foster joined AGAPE in June 2020. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University. Prior to joining AGAPE, Kiescha worked in Early Childhood Development for Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Department of Children’s Services. Her personal mission at AGAPE is to support families in building a positive, Christian foundation for raising children and sharing with them the love of Christ. Outside of her work at AGAPE, Kiescha works with the Women's Ministry of her church and is a Church Relations Committee Member at Stateland Baptist Church. She is also a Youth Advisor for Zeta Youth Auxiliary.
In August 2020, we added Madelyn Martin to the AGAPE team. She holds a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Mississippi College and a master's degree in Social Work from New York University. Before coming to AGAPE, Madelyn worked with immigrant women and children through an agency in the Bronx and then as a social worker in the New York City Department of Homeless Services. Madelyn is passionate about her work at AGAPE because she believes it aligns with God’s heart for justice and caring for the vulnerable. Madelyn and her husband grew up in Memphis and are very excited to be back in Tennessee, closer to their families.
Raymond Hand joined AGAPE in December 2020. He graduated from Tennessee State University in 2012. Raymond previously worked with children in Metro Nashville Public Schools, which made him realize how many children are
in state custody and in need of unconditional love. Working in foster care at AGAPE has blessed him personally and professionally, and he says the selflessness of the AGAPE staff and their commitment to the Lord make AGAPE the perfect place for him to work.
Ami Parker, AGAPE’s Director of Social Services, is delighted to have these three additions to the team. “Anyone can be trained and learn a new job,” Ami says, “However, what these three bring to the table cannot be learned or passed down.
I cannot give a sense of calling or passion for this difficult work. Kiescha, Madelyn and Raymond bring incredible skillsets to this team but more importantly they bring a genuine love for Jesus and passion to serve. It is a privilege to get to serve alongside such incredible people.”
To see a listing of the full Social Services team and other AGAPE staff, click here.