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  • 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

  • 01 Apr 2014 11:57 AM | Rachel Mertz (Administrator)

    The Children's Bureau, together with its information service, Child Welfare Information Gateway - and the National Foster Parent Association are  pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 National Foster Care Month website . This year's theme is "Building Blocks Toward Permanent Families," and the website provides resources for supporting permanence through reunification, kinship care, guardianship, and adoption, including resources specifically geared toward foster parents.

    Get ready for National Foster Care Month and spread the word:
    • Share information about National Foster Care Month in your newsletter, social media networks, and/or support groups.
    • View this year's resources about "Building Blocks Toward Permanent Families"
    • Add a link to your email signature or a widget to your website.
    • Share the FAQ handout with colleagues at meetings and conferences.
    • Get inspired by real-life stories from families, youth, foster parents, caseworkers, and others.
    • Check out the outreach tools offered in the Promote section.

    Be sure to check back in May for more updates, including the Presidential Proclamation, real-life stories videos, and much more!

    For more information, contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at: 1.800.394.3366 or email

  • 21 Feb 2014 10:51 AM | Rachel Mertz (Administrator)
    NFPA friends and members,

    Anna Yelick, a second year doctoral student in the College of Social Work at Florida State University, is conducting a brief study in order to examine a new scale: the Motivation for Prescription Medication Use (MPMU) scale. This scale was designed to examine foster parent motivations for giving prescription medications to foster children. While it is likely that they do not have the right to make medical decisions for their foster child (as that right is retained with the biological parent or the agency/ state), as the foster parent, they are likely involved in the discussions regarding the decisions to medicate their foster child.

    In addition, there may be times when the foster parent would prefer not to give prescription medications to the foster child. Therefore, this scale examines when foster parents would be or would not be likely to agree to give prescription medications to their foster child, if given the choice.

    Anna would be very grateful if you could please post (or email) the link to this survey so that foster parents can access it. The survey will take most people approximately 30 minutes or less to complete. Your participation in this survey and study is voluntary and you are able to opt out at any time prior to taking the survey or during the survey. In order to participate in this study the foster parent must be at least 18 years old and are currently or have been a foster parent to at least one child for more than one consecutive month.
    Please click the e-mail link below:

    If you would like more information, Anna is happy to answer any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Please email her at:
  • 20 Feb 2014 1:45 PM | Rachel Mertz (Administrator)

    A Home Within is in the process of developing a new program called Fostering Relationships that will provide training and resources about emotional well-being to everyone involved in the foster care system. We are trying to gain feedback from the community about what types of training and resources they see a need for -- both personally and for others.

    We would appreciate if you would take the brief 11-question survey linked below:

    All information will be kept confidential.

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