Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
We need your help!
If you are a federal employee or an active military member, please donate to the National Foster Parent Association through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which is conducted as a payroll deduction program for charitable giving. You may also make a one-time or recurring payment via Give Direct, which charges your credit card once or on a recurring monthly basis as you choose.
Please help the National Foster Parent Association to continue to support foster, adoptive and kinship families nationally through education and advocacy programs!
Our CFC number is: CFC #11817.
Thank you for your support!
Friday, November 1, 2013
by Irene Clements
Raising public awareness of the over 100,000 children living in foster care who are waiting for their very own permanent family is top priority during National Adoption Month. Of course, time is also taken to celebrate and honor those families who adopt children from the foster care system. Special thanks from the National Foster Parent Association to all the foster parents who also choose to adopt the children in their homes or other children from the foster care system.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Dear NFPA Board and Council of State Affiliates members and NFPA members,
NFPA (and our State Affiliates) have been asked by the staff of the Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee in Washington, DC, to provide information on two very important topics: sex trafficking of youth in foster care and re-homing. The Committees is and will continue to address each of the following topics and wants input from foster parents and child advocates on both. Please send your comments to me at iclements@NFPAonline.org as I have agreed to gather the comments and provide them to the Committee staff.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
NFPA's president Irene Clements has the honor of being the first guest on the new Foster Talk with Dr. John, America's only radio program dedicated to foster care.
"NFPA is happy to support John in his efforts to bring awareness to foster care issues," said Irene. "He was at a Texas conference this past weekend and did a wonderful job for our attendees, and I look forward to spending some time with him Monday on the show."
Listen in on Monday, October 21 at 8 p.m. EST as Irene and Dr. John DeGarmo discuss NFPA and the latest issues in foster care.
You can also call in to speak with Dr. John during the show at 347.996.3187.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Good news from our mailbag:
On behalf of my adopted daughter, I wanted to send our sincere thanks for the $500 scholarship from the National Foster Parent Association. I don't know if [she] has thanked you properly, so I wanted to make sure I sent this (belated) thank you. I apologize if she has never sent you a thank-you note. [She] is putting her $500 scholarship toward college expenses; she is now a full-time college student at Humboldt State University.
Again, please accept our sincere gratitude for [her] scholarship. Thank you so much. Take care.
It's always great to hear from our scholarship recipients (and their parents)!
Monday, September 16, 2013
By John Ross
Reprinted with permission
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, John relayed how triggers develop. Now he gives us suggestions on how we can be more understanding as foster parents.
"Knowing what is played back in their head for each trigger, helps a great deal..."
This happens to some kids when they go home for supervised or unsupervised visits. That’s where the abuse took place for some of them. So, it stands to reason their behavior would be poorly when they return to our homes. Why would anyone expect every child to come back acting wonderfully pleasant? Bio doesn’t have to always do something to upset the child. The place for some is a trigger in of itself. I hear foster parents complain a lot about how horrible the kids behave after they return from visits with bio. For some kids, I expect it.