Bectoria Crandall has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and has worked in the following capacities: Case worker for Child Protective Services, Foster Care Program Director, international social worker, family and children’s counselor, foster home licensor, children’s rights advocate and Board Member of the Foster Parent Association of Washington State. She was also a foster parent for a number of years and now writes at home while working as a stay-at-home mom.
Here is my story: The Stafford family traditionally values education. This strong family value is evidenced in the long line of family members who have completed graduate studies, including a number of various Doctoral programs. Both my grandmother and grandfather from that side of the family were doctors, my grandmother having completed both medical school and her studies in psychiatry in the 1960’s. Given this long line of learned people, it was only natural that I complete my studies at University and then directly earn my Master’s degree. Because of my love for education, I have given countless hours to educating the community in various capacities including hosting seminars, speaking at conferences, holding student forums and teaching countless classes that are free to the public. It is also why I have spent much of my time educating my own children.
I also come from a long line of strong, well read, independent women who love travel, politics, and pursuing personal interests, including sewing, crafting, and cooking. This is why I make it a habit to explore my creative side with unlimited abandon, trying any and all new things that interest me. I read any book I can get my hands on, and travel to exotic locations just to “see what it’s like”. This is also why I have been involved in numerous campaigns for individuals and causes that I believe in, including making countless appearances to the legislature and in the media. Because I come from a long line of women who have done much that same thing, anytime I get an idea of something I would like to create, I dive into it with endless enthusiasm, whether it be a new item I can sew or a recipe I can replicate from my favorite restaurant. It is these values, that I try to inspire in my children and in anyone else who will listen.
Unfortunately, despite being a part of such a long line of interesting people, I did not have the best childhood. Because of this I try to make my home and adult life the ideal I promised myself I would one day have. Many of my efforts are idealistic to most, but given such unhappiness I have experienced, I look at them more as the fulfillment of a promise. It is for this reason that I make Christmas so spectacular, Easter magical, and why I sprinkle each day in between with a bit of whimsy. It’s why I always have fresh-baked cookies, delicious homemade meals, spontaneous popcorn parties and why I surround myself with loving and positive people.
I became a social worker for CPS to be a champion for children who needed a voice and advocate. I continued in this work in a number of capacities to provide that strength, resources, and legal aid that children are helpless to provide for themselves. I became a foster parent when I realized how my passion for both advocacy and whimsy might allow me to add a special piece of hope and sunshine to children going through much the same unhappiness I once experienced. These efforts were recognized when I was given the award of Foster Parent of the Year in 2007. To my astonishment, my experiences as a foster parent gave me ten-fold what I could ever dream of giving to the children I cared for. I learned countless lessons that made me just an all-around better human being as well as the mother I am today.
All of these experiences worked in conjunction with my Christian faith to give me the love for others that I try to show every day. With every interaction I have with every human being, I try to show them the seeds love and empathy my faith and experience have planted in my heart.
I continue to explore my interests while spending my time cherishing the friends and family I treasure most.