StepStone Family & Youth Services – Elisia Manuel

The Way We Lead / November 30, 2023

November is Native American Heritage Month. As the month comes to a close, we recognize StepStone Family & Youth Services Foster Care Recruitment Manager Elisia Manuel, who has been Working Smart and Doing Good in Phoenix, AZ.

Elisia works closely with tribes in Arizona for the placement of Native American children in foster care. She also educates foster families on the process and current laws. Elisia and her family were also recently featured in a Time Magazine article that discussed her work with Native American adoptions.

Elisia knows the joy of being connected to her own Apache culture and has dedicated herself to ensuring that Native American children in Arizona foster care experience the same through her work with both StepStone and her own nonprofit, Three Precious Miracles. She says, “Every day, I wake up with a sense of purpose and enthusiasm that I can’t help but share. I’m grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of children and their families, all while celebrating the rich tapestry of Native American heritage.”

Recently, Elisia was the first guest speaker in the Equity Speaker Series. A recording of this company-wide webinar is available here.

Thank you, Elisia, for your Leadership within your community. Through your personal and professional experiences in foster care, you have made a difference in the lives of countless families. By providing safe and loving environments while maintaining a connection to their heritage, you are helping children in your community live their best lives.


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