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  • 21 Nov 2014 10:21 AM | Rachel Mertz (Administrator)

    The National Foster Parent Association is assisting Cenpatico (Behavioral Health) in the development of a book for you!  This book will discuss trauma, attachment and brain development for children in foster care.  We know you have sat through trainings on a variety of these topics and we want to bring these topics to "life".  We want to highlight what they really mean to you every day in caring for children in your care; and what you wish you knew more of, or what seems unimportant.  Please complete this Survey by November 30.  Thank you in advance for your participation.

  • 29 Oct 2014 2:25 PM | Rachel Mertz (Administrator)

    The well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and their families is directly connected to the relationship they have with their culture, extended families, and tribal communities. Federal and state child welfare policies and practices have sometimes not well understood or supported these relationships by not recognizing the unique qualities of AI/AN culture and the benefits of nurturing these relationships. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was a response to the destructive practices in public and private child welfare systems that broke apart these bonds in many tribal families’ lives.

    This brief provides background on the basic requirements of ICWA,  an overview of tribal child welfare and court systems, discusses disproportionality and its relationship to trends in ICWA compliance, highlights promising practices in state policy and practice that support ICWA, and underscores the necessity of working with tribal advocates on state child welfare policy change.

  • 29 Oct 2014 1:52 PM | Rachel Mertz (Administrator)

    The American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Generations United and the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) are thrilled to announce the release of Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards.

  • 23 Oct 2014 6:00 PM | Rachel Mertz (Administrator)

    The Child Welfare League of America,  in partnership with Boots on Ground Consulting, Inc., is pleased to offer the Military Family Specialist in working with military members and their families. This distinctive certificate program will prepare social workers and other professionals to understand the unique features of military life and to respond to the needs of this population with culturally competent and effective services. The Military Family Specialist certificate program offers both on-line courses and in-person seminars. Program details are available at Military Family Specialist.

    The initial offering in this program is an in-person seminar titled, Boot Camp: An Introduction to Military History, Culture, and Customs, to be held October 23-25, 2014 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Participants will interact with current and former service members and experience military life by staying on an active military post. The registration fee is $550 and attendees will receive 15 CEUs for successful completion. Additional information and registration are available at Boot Camp.

  • 21 Oct 2014 12:00 PM | Rachel Mertz (Administrator)

     Generations United, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, invites you and other policymakers and advocates from your region to join us for a webinar to explore educational and health care consent laws for "grandfamilies" (families in which children are raised by grandparents, other extended family members or close family friends). During this webinar, you will get the concrete tools to enact your own educational and health care consent laws or to perhaps amend your existing laws to make them more responsive.

    The webinars are divided into four regions. If, however, you would be interested in attending more than one webinar or are unable to attend your region's time, feel free to register for another.

    Register here: 

    The regions are as follows:

    Region: Northeast (includes Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, & Vermont)

    Time: Tuesday, October 21 from 12 PM to 1:15 PM (EDT)

    Region: West (includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, & Wyoming)

    Time: Tuesday, October 21 from 4 PM to 5:15 PM (EDT)/ 2 PM to 3:15 PM (MDT)/ 1 PM to 2:15 PM (PDT/MST)

    Region: Southeast (includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas,Virginia, & West Virginia)

    Time: Wednesday, October 22 from 12 PM to 1:15 PM (EDT)/ 11 AM to 12:15 PM (CDT)

    Region: Midwest (includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, & Wisconsin)

    Time: Wednesday, October 22 from 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM (EDT)/ 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM (CDT)/ 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM (MDT)

  • 16 Oct 2014 1:00 PM | Rachel Mertz (Administrator)

    October 2014 "Strengthening Your Family" Webinar

    Rebecca Jones-Gaston, LCSW-C, is a biracial adoptee who grew up in a loving Caucasian family in Iowa. In this webinar, Ms. Jones-Gaston will help participants increase their understanding of racial and ethnic identity in transracially adopted children and their families from a developmental perspective. Assisted by an adoptive parent and transracially adopted teen, Ms. Jones-Gaston will share how parents can best support their children to handle common challenges they may face throughout childhood and adolescence.    

    (LIVE) Thurs, October 16th, 2014 

    1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time 

    Extended Access: October 17-22, 2014

  • 18 Aug 2014 2:36 PM | Rachel Mertz (Administrator)

    It is time for NFPA to release our RFP for administrative and accounting services for year beginning January 1, 2015. Please see our RFP web page for more information.

  • 10 Aug 2014 8:08 PM | Dennis Seger (Administrator)
    Please consider completing an online research study that looks at foster parent experiences of scheduled and unscheduled removal of foster children from the foster home.  

    In this online study, foster parents will spend about 20-30 minutes completing a short 9-question survey and then responding to three open-ended questions. Two of the open-ended questions are about the expected and then the expected removal of a foster child from the foster parent’s home. The third and final question focuses on the training foster parents have received from their foster agency on a number of topics, including the removal of foster children from the foster home.

    This study can be accessed by going to

    The survey is sponsored by Jennifer Newquist, Ph.D., LPC-S as a continuation of her dissertation from Texas Woman's University. 

  • 20 Jun 2014 3:10 PM | Rachel Mertz (Administrator)

    Advocates For Families First is a collaboration of the North American Council on Adoptable Children, Generations United, and the National Foster Parent Association.
    They recently had their First Legislative Policy Briefing in D.C. and released their policy agenda. The policy agenda can be found on their website at:

  • 17 Jun 2014 10:26 AM | Rachel Mertz (Administrator)
    Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth invites you to attend a Legislative Policy Briefing: A National Agenda to Ensure Every Child Has a Family. Click here to read more and to RSVP.

    Advocates for Families First Congressional Briefing Invite.pdf

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