The Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Jan Hinkle, Region 1 Child Welfare Training Manager, our co-worker and friend. Jan’s complete commitment to the caregiver and fostering community included advocating tirelessly for improvements to practice, policy, training, and resources for caregivers. She fostered and adopted many children over the years, expanding her family and opening her heart to children who needed her. We will miss her greatly. 

In a touching memorial, the Alliance dedicated its January 2018 e-newsletter to sharing their remembrances of Jan as a generous and outspoken co-worker, advocate, caretaker and service provider. Sandra Kinney, the Alliance's interim executive director, opened the newsletter with these words: "For those of us who were fortunate enough to know Jan well, we hope this collection of memories serves as a fitting tribute to her remarkable life. And for those who didn't know her well, we hope this helps give you a better idea of what made her so special."