Today, we want you to meet Stacia Washausen. Stacia is OCA’s Family Support Director, and also happens to be married to our Executive Director. Her heart for foster care and adoption shines through the many roles she takes on here at the office.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you are from, where you grew up and your background.
I was born in Red Bud, IL and grew up in a very small town (about 50 people) in southern Illinois and have one older brother. Darren and I are high school sweethearts—we started dating at the end of my freshman year in high school and married after graduating from college.
How long have you been with OCA and what is your role here?
I started with OCA in 2009 and I am the Family Support Director.
What’s a typical week look like for you as the Family Support Director? I spend most of my time in the office on the computer.
I work on a lot of administrative tasks throughout the week. In addition, I get to do some trauma training for parents, teachers, pastors and others. Occasionally, I work with parents who are struggling to assist with resources. I also do the accounting for OCA.
Share a memorable way God has moved over the years at OCA.
I am amazed at the growth of OCA. When Darren and I joined, we always said we wouldn’t force OCA into a community and we will let God open the doors of the places we need to be. And HE has certainly been moving.
What are your hobbies?
Unfortunately, I don’t have time for much outside of OCA and family time. If I make the time, I like to read and do some crafting.
Favorite book/resource/speaker on adoption /foster care.
Has to be The Connected Child by Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross.
Why are you so passionate about foster care and adoption?
It started when Darren and I were in an ABF class and heard from someone who had been on a mission trip to Brazil where children were being shot in the streets for begging. Darren and I looked at each other and decided we needed to do something. That something turned out to be adoption. After the adoption of Andrew and having experienced some difficulties, I began to do a lot of research, classes, conferences, etc. and felt called to help others who may be struggling.
Favorite Bible verse
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”