Allison Hutcheson is a Southern Oregonian at heart. She grew up in Grants Pass where she graduated from North Valley High School. She then moved away for four years to attend Carroll College in Helena, Montana where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a double emphasis in business and journalism. After graduating from college, Allison ventured to Hawaii for six months before she permanently returned to her roots in Southern Oregon.
Allison worked for Oregon DHS: Child Welfare for 12 years. During this time she spent the first half of her tenure as a CPS worker, and the second half working as a relative foster home certifier. It was also during this time she was promoted to supervisor of the Foster Care and Adoptions Unit at the local branch of which she worked. At times while she was a foster home certifier, she would also carry her relative foster homes through to adoption. Although Allison enjoyed working with families to help them start the process of becoming safe and healthy during her time as a CPS worker, it was her experience as a relative foster home certifier where she discovered an even greater passion of helping to keep children within their family system when they could not safely remain with a parent. During this time, just some of her job duties included: conducting home studies, confirming safe environments, advocating for her foster families, and she also was among one of the Foundations trainers for new and prospective foster and adoptive parents.
Allison is excited to have discovered A Family for Every Child and is eager to work with applicants ready and willing to open their hearts and lives forever to a foster child whose case plan is adoption. Allison says, “it is my hope to bring awareness of this great adoption agency to the Rogue Valley and the services it provides to families who are eager for an adoption home study completed in a fair amount of time. My vast knowledge of the Oregon Child Welfare system is an asset as I work in collaboration with the agency’s permanency worker for a successful outcome for everyone. I am honored to be able to walk along side families starting on this exciting, and sometimes emotional journey. I enjoy advocating for the families I represent and value the sensitivity needed as I stand with them through the entire process.”
Allison resides in Grants Pass with her young daughter. She enjoys spending her free time adventuring on mother/daughter day trips and also visiting with other close family in the area.