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NFPA Updates


  • 07 Aug 2012 12:19 PM | Sarah Schafer (Administrator)

    Please note that the Horatio Alger Scholarship is now open until October 25, 2012.  The application deadline this year changed and was moved up a few days.  In the past it's always been October 30th. 

    Please log onto www.horatioalger.org for additional information! 

  • 07 Aug 2012 9:02 AM | Sarah Schafer (Administrator)

    When placing an order for your LifeStory Lifebook, please use the code, NFPA. 

    Click on the link below to order you LifeStory Lifebook today, and make memories last a lifetime! 

    http://lifestorylifebooks.com/
  • 01 Aug 2012 10:30 PM | Dennis Seger (Administrator)
    The Treatment Research Institute would like to thank all the foster parents who participated in our survey regarding foster parents’ views on adolescent alcohol and other drug use. Thanks to your help, we collected 746 surveys! A special thanks to the NFPA as well as their state affiliates for collaborating with us and for getting the word out. Please stay tuned for forthcoming results from this study.
  • 11 Jul 2012 9:17 PM | Dennis Seger (Administrator)
    The July 2012 issue of the National Advocate newsletter is now available on the NFPA website.  Click here to view the PDF version, or you will find it under the Resources menu.

    As always, the National Advocate is jam-packed full of useful information for foster families, adoptive families, and child welfare professionals.
    • A Look at Autism
    • The Value of Play When Children are Troubled
    • Bullying Decoded - The economics of abuse
    • 5 Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss
    • Book reviews
  • 11 Jul 2012 8:38 AM | Sarah Schafer (Administrator)

    We’re pleased to share with you the second in a series of SPARC policy briefs. The brief, authored by consultant Shawn Fremstad and entitled “Improving the Economic Security of Children in Foster Care and Young People who are Transitioning from Foster Care,” focuses on ways that advocates can work with government agencies and urge them to streamline enrollment to public benefits and services for eligible foster children and youth who have aged out of care. The brief can be accessed here.

    Children in foster care and youth who transitioned from foster care are often eligible for public benefits and services that can increase their economic security, meet their health care needs, and help them do better in school.                                                                                                                                                                                                             ;         

    But eligible kids and the adults in their lives may not know or have incorrect eligibility information. Complex application processes may also limit access to benefits and services. Even when foster children get the benefits they need, bureaucratic processes can detract from more important activities, including school and employment. Foster children can also lose benefits unnecessarily when, as is common, their placements or other life circumstances change.

    This brief discusses ways that advocates can help foster children and youth who aged out of foster care access critical public benefits including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the School Lunch Program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Though not the only available benefits, improving access to these initiatives offers real potential to improve children’s lives.

    Upcoming Webinar

    To accompany the release of this brief, we will be holding a webinar on Monday, July 16th from 3:00-4:00 EST:

    where author Shawn Fremstad will discuss ways that advocates can work  collaboratively with public agencies to increase access to these critical programs.

    You can register for the webinar here. We will circulate information on how to join the webinar in the coming days.                                                                     

  • 18 May 2012 12:48 PM | Sarah Schafer (Administrator)
    Thank you to all of those that submitted the 2012 NFPA Conference Award Nominations for the following categories:  

    *Foster Family of the Year
    *General Service and Recognition
    *Local Foster Parent Association of the Year
    *State Foster Parent Association of the Year
    *Social Worker of the Year
    *Gordon Evans Merit Award for Service to NFPA
    *NFPA Regional Vice President Award
    *State Membership Award 

    Please click here to view the 2012 NFPA Conference Award Winners 
  • 05 May 2012 8:23 PM | Dennis Seger (Administrator)
    President Obama signed a presidential proclamation reaffirming May 2012 as National Foster Care Month.  It is nice that foster parents are appreciated from the very top of our government.

    Click this link to read the proclamation.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/02/presidential-proclamation-national-foster-care-month
  • 05 Apr 2012 2:14 PM | Sarah Schafer (Administrator)

    The National Foster Parent Association has three opportunties currently available to become involved with the NFPA Board.  Please click here to obtain additional information surrounding these specific opportunties. 

  • 02 Apr 2012 8:33 PM | Dennis Seger (Administrator)
    Current and former foster parents of foreign born foster children and
    youth, please assist a Syracuse University doctoral student and former
    foster mom to better understand your foster parenting experiences!
    Your participation in this brief survey will help the researcher to
    gather important data for improving the lives of foster kids!

    This survey is for research purposes and will take you approximately
    twenty minutes to complete. For further information, please contact
    Brandy Witthoft at bwitthof@maxwell.syr.edu or at (703) 960-1436.
    Please click here to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N22DR3D
  • 07 Mar 2012 8:38 AM | Sarah Schafer (Administrator)
    It is that time of year again!  Open application for the University of Phoenix Scholarship is April 24, 2012.  Click here to view the flyer.  Please follow this link to obtain additional information surrounding this given scholarship opportunity!
 
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