The New Foster Care (TNFC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based out of Oakland County, launched in 2016. Our focus is to 1) assist young people with experience in foster care to positively change the trajectory of their lives; and 2) positively impact the foster care system that serves them by advocating for innovative programming and policy and legislative reform.
Youth with experience in foster care often face a challenging path to success as they transition to adulthood. We provide direct services to such youth through our 'Bridge Program', a comprehensive transitional support model serving young people ages 14 to 29. Youth enrolled in our program are assigned a Multisystemic Navigator who assists them to develop and implement a sustainable plan for their future success along five transition domains: employment and career, educational opportunity, living situation, community life functioning, and personal effectiveness and wellbeing.
The New Foster Care's mission is to make a transformative change in the Michigan foster care system through making a measurable and meaningful impact in the lives of children who have experienced foster care.
The New Foster Care's vision is to positively CHANGE a child's trajectory, CHANGE their life, CHANGE the system; create a NEW Foster Care.
We desire to improve pathways for young people and to build their foundation of support to increase their sense of self-worth.
Meet Our Staff
Shannon L. Urbon
In her role with TNFC, Shannon serves as an advisor to the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and other staff on child protection law and policy. She provides trainings to partner agencies, the community and those involved in the child protection system on a variety of topics impacting child welfare cases. Shannon obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1999 and, after engaging in a business career in New York City, she obtained her law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law in 2008. Shannon began her legal career as a volunteer attorney in the child abuse and neglect division of the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office where she represented parents and children in child abuse and neglect cases. She went on from there to serve as a staff attorney, and later as Executive Director, for The Detroit Center for Family Advocacy, advocating on behalf of parents and caregivers facing legal issues that impacted a child’s entry into, or exit from, foster care. Shannon brings her experience and zealous and passionate advocacy for those facing the uncertainty that is the child protection system to TNFC’s clients. She works tirelessly to improve the child welfare system from the inside. In her spare time, Shannon is an avid reader, voracious consumer of podcasts, and mother to two cats whom she adopted from the mean streets of Brooklyn.
Shannon L. Urbon
JD | Executive Director
MSW | LMSW | Director of Clinical Services
DeLisa obtained her Master of Social Work Degree from Eastern Michigan University, specializing in Children and Family Services, and received her State of Michigan Clinical and Macro Licensure in 2005. DeLisa has 24 years’ experience in Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice /Mental Health programming. Her knowledge and skillset in organizational leadership, program/policy development, community outreach initiatives, client/service advocacy, crisis intervention, clinical supervision, and student intern development, mental health and trauma informed care within the foster care industry makes her an incredible asset of TNFC family. Delisa is driven and committed to providing uncompromising service and advocacy to at-risk and vulnerable young adults, children, and families. Her continued professional dedication is to ensure that the identified populations are consistently served with dignity and respect. Fun fact: You can take the GIRL out of the city, but you can’t take the CITY out of the girl
LMSW | Director of Clinical Services
MA, LLPC | Wellness Coach
Zipporah Bolar is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has provided Infant Mental Health clinical services since 2013 for expecting moms, parents, caregivers, and infant/toddlers. Prior to becoming a professional counselor Zipporah mentored youth and young adults
for over ten years.
Ms. Bolar’s recent clinical work has included providing trauma-focused therapeutic services to young adults ages 18-25 in homeless shelter settings. She specializes in individual, group, conjoint psychotherapy, case management, and support services.
Zipporah also specializes in Financial Therapist. Using clinical modalities and financial educational to help young adults understand their relationship with financials. She provides training for Grow Detroit Young Talent’s Gen Z population.
Zipporah is also a Health Enthusiast encouraging and promoting healthy living throughout her community. In her time away from helping others she loves to travel and is an avid reader. Her favorite pastimes are music and sports.
For the last 15 years, Nancy has worked with families and community leaders providing support and advocacy to families impacted by Child Welfare and the Court System.
As an advocate for families, she has traveled across the country training both community and state leaders on how to engage families and create supportive services.
She has been an office administrator at heart since she can remember, she takes an immense amount of pride in being a support system to her team. She has worked as Administrator, a Legal Assistant, and a Church Administrator for the past 10 years.
Keeli Lackey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Ferris State University. Her professional career has included work with children, families, and at-risk populations. She has worked assisting teenagers and young adults to learn the importance of setting a grounded foundation for their future regardless of their past or current situation. Sometimes the future can mean a year from now or goal setting for the next week. She has spent over 15 years in child welfare working in both the foster care and delinquency systems in Wayne County. Ms. Lackey is often found sharing wisdom during speaking engagements and volunteering in the community. Fun Fact - Ms. Lackey loves old school hip hop and has met over 15 old school rappers.
BSW | Multisystemic Navigator
BS | Multisystemic Navigator
Kayleigh Murphy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Development from Western Michigan University. Her professional career has included work with at risk children and families. She has worked assisting teenagers and young adults to learn the importance of finding their value and advocating for themselves. She has worked in the child welfare system for 8 years working in both Foster Care and Family Reunification. Kayleigh feels the most rewarding part of working with this population is when youth realize their worth and importance is far greater than what their past has dictated. Kayleigh’s dream is to obtain her LMSW and be a Trauma Therapist for children and young adults. Ms. Murphy is a a High School Diving coach and enjoys spending as much time in Disney World as possible.