Welcome

Our Team

BECCA HEATON-ROCKWELL

Founder

Becca grew up primarily in Massachusetts and is no stranger to academic challenges herself. In the first grade Becca was diagnosed with dyslexia. Despite her diagnosis in the mid-1970's, Becca went on to graduate from private boarding school and then went on to college.  When she was offered a position in a private residance in 1994, Becca moved to Michigan to persue her interest in childcare and personal private assisting. In 2002 Becca went on to work as a personal private and executive administrative assistant in the corporate world until the birth of her twins in 2006. Becca is now a full-time single mother to her twins, and her daughter nineteen months their senior.

 

In 2013, Becca’s son was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Becca was shocked and baffled to discover how little networking and supports there were for parents of children with special needs. Becca’s journey through her son’s diagnosis and treatments became the inspiration for Family Connections.

 

Becca brings with her 10 years of administrative management experience, years of childcare experience and a extensive array of networking to Family Connections.

LAINIE PAULL WELHAM  
LMSW, LCSW

Executive Director, Co-Founder

Lainie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1991 and went on to achieve a Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Cincinnati in 1996.  She also had the privilege to further study and train in London, England as a Doctoral candidate at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and is currently a student at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, studying psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Lainie holds clinical licenses in Michigan and Illinois. 

 

Lainie has extensive experience in Child Welfare, working in foster care and adoption since 1991.  She is also a parent who "gets it."  She is married and has 2 children.  One of her children has asthma; the other survived kidney complications resulting from a rare autoimmune condition. Both children have also live with Tourette Syndrome.  

Lainie is a strong and dedicated advocate for children and families and loves that Family Connections helps families build on their own natural strengths. Lainie is grateful for the people she's met through Family Connections and feels honored to have been invited to be a part of their lives.

Our Vision

We are parents helping parents parent. We will help create stronger families.

Our Mission

It is our mission to support and strengthen parents and families of children with special needs through connections and shared experiences.