Bilingual Trainer and Recruiter
As a Bilingual Trainer and Recruiter, Pamela Erskine informs parents about the adoption and foster care process and trains foster and adoptive parents. She attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University, graduating with a B.A. in History with minors in Business and Bible Studies.
Why I started with Arms Wide Adoption Services:
I’ve always loved working with kids. Before working at Arms Wide, I was a teacher’s aide and worked in family and youth services. I knew Arms Wide was the right fit for me because I had the chance to help kids while learning about the world of social work.
My favorite part about my job:
I love meeting parents for the first time, hearing their stories and educating them about adoption and foster care. As they continue their journey with Arms Wide, I follow their progress and am so excited for them each time a child comes into their home.
My least favorite part:
When a teen in foster care turns 18 without ever being adopted, it breaks my heart. I’ve met and talked with some amazing young people, and it’s devastating they don’t have the families they deserve.
More about me:
I’m one of five kids, and my first language is Spanish. When I was young, I only spoke Spanish and going to an English-speaking school in the suburbs was really hard. I think feeling so overwhelmed when I was a kid allows me to empathize with the kids we work with—I know what it’s like to be confused and in a new environment. Once I learned English and found my footing, I was really successful in school and even graduated early.
After graduation, I immediately enrolled in college. I had just turned 17 when my freshman year started. And while my degree in history might not seem to fit with my career in adoption services, it helps me every day. Studying history taught me how to share a story with another person, and educate them about the facts of a situation. It also gave me experience giving presentations. Plus, every day when I read kids’ files I utilize my degree. After all, I’m studying a child’s history.
Ask me about:
I like watching reality TV, and, as one of the youngest members of the Arms Wide team, I’m the go-to expert on pop culture, social media, and technology.