Emily Klinefelter is wife to Derek Klinefelter, mother of two fabulous boys, a foster mom, the President and Co-Founder of Hill & Highwater, Inc. DBA Foster Pantry and Co-Leader of Fostering Faith: a Foster Moms support group.
Emily, her husband, and their two sons first became a licensed foster family in 2016. Since then, they have welcomed 20 children into their home (ages ranging from newborn to 14 years old).
In addition to Foster Pantry, Emily is a creative-minded marketing and sales professional who grew into her skills by working in book publishing and event producing with mentor Jodi Wille, an American filmmaker, book publisher, and curator. Emily currently works full time assisting two wonderful real estate agents at Brunswick Forest Realty LLC achieve and surpass their goals by maintaining client relations, anticipating future needs, creating marketing materials and managing their databases and calendars. As well as parttime assisting Jamie Penn of Penn+ Creative.
On the personal front, she enjoys helping others succeed in their goals, being surrounded by people and their passions, binging on bad tv shows, driving long distances while listening to Audible and being in the ocean. Her goals include being the best wife and mother she can be, empowering families to become foster families, bringing a healthy community to those who don’t have a community, breaking the stigma toward foster parents, strengthening shared parenting between foster and birth families and stopping the demonizing of addiction.
Favorite quote: “Every kid is one caring adult away from a success story”- Josh Shipp
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“Imagine taking in a child in a moment’s notice who is scared, possibly angry and confused after being displaced from their family,” Klinefelter says. Now, when a new foster family welcomes a child into their home, we can have them fully equipped within hours.” Interview with North Brunswick Magazine
“It’s loving somebody with your whole heart, for a short period of time, and creating a safe haven when there isn’t one,” said Klinefelter.- WECT Interview
“We wanted to create something that allowed foster parents to give their immediate attention to the emotional well-being of the children rather than having to run around trying to find basic supplies,” Emily Klinefelter said.- StarNews Coverage on our Ban The Bags Event
“We have had 20 kids in our home and majority of them have been placed in our home because parents are fighting substance use disorder,” foster parent Emily Klinefelter said.- WWAY Interview
“It creates a communal support, so that no foster family says ‘no’ due to lack of tangible materials,” Emily Klinefelter, Foster Pantry organizer, said.– WWAY Interview