About Us


We are a non-profit organization of volunteers working to support foster children and foster families by raising awareness and providing much-needed resources. We are people like you who want to restore opportunity to our abused and neglected youth. We are parents and concerned citizens of all kinds – foster and kinship parents, birth parents and grandparents, child welfare professionals, health care providers, attorneys, the juvenile justice community – anyone with a desire in the best interests of our children. We are a small grassroots organization that puts volunteer energy into our neediest kids and their families. 

Our History

Lakeshore Foster Families and Friends was founded in 2018 by Jay and Karie Kobel, inspired by the compelling need to improve the lives of the many foster children and families involved in the child welfare system. Far too many of these children are not thriving or finding permanency. 

Lakeshore Foster Families and Friends have evolved into what we are today with numerous programs, events, and the generosity of this community. 

Board of Directors


These people set us apart from most: they are volunteer community members who serve on our board to help guide our mission and keep us in touch with the needs of the community. We are all very grateful.

Contact Us


For more information about Lakeshore Foster Families and Friends, our programs, volunteer opportunities or other inquiries, please give us a call (920) 242-5411 or stop in at 111 N. 10th Street in Manitowoc, WI. 

111 N. 10th Street

Manitowoc, WI 54420




Lakeshore Foster Families and Friends is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 83-1137745. All donations are tax-deductible.