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The Season of Thankfulness is Here

It's the time of year when the days are growing shorter, cold winds are blowing, and there is a brief, quiet lull before the holiday hustle begins. It's a time when people are preparing to give thanks for the things that are important to them in life. As we approach the holidays, we hope you are able to relax, reflect and give thanks surrounded by your loved ones.

In this month of giving thanks, all of us at the National Foster Parent Association would like to take a moment to send our gratitude for everything that you do to make this world better.

We are so grateful to have opportunities to support you with our relevant programs and services, and to learn with you as you accomplish amazing things for so many children and their birth families.

Perhaps this year, more than ever, Thanksgiving gives us a chance to appreciate what we have. Friendships. Relationships. A sense of connection. These gifts are priceless.

The NFPA would like to thank you for choosing us as your trusted national voice of foster, kinship and adoptive families through networking, education, and advocacy.

We recently celebrated our 50-year anniversary. We realize that without you, this amazing work would not happen. Our constituents are the most important part of our non-profit organization. Your membership is vital to our successes.

Check out our website at www.nfpaonline.org and consider supporting our work on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29th).

Our office will be closed Nov. 24th & 25th, 2022.

Everyone on the NFPA Board of Directors and staff wish you and yours a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.




Board Member Applications now Being Accepted!

The National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization established in 1972.  The mission of the NFPA is to be a respected national voice for foster, kinship, and adoptive families through networking, education, and advocacy.

The NFPA is looking for energetic individuals who would enhance the dynamics of the Board of Directors by bringing skill sets in one or more of following categories of Leadership, Governance, Computer & Marketing Skills, Finance, Programs, Events, and any other area that would help the NFPA further their mission.

The NFPA is currently in the first year of a new strategic plan and is making every effort to identify and fill gaps in areas to strengthen our team. We are looking to add two to three new Board Members to assist us in becoming a more diverse and energetic Board.


Click HERE for more information and to apply for a Board position.

You must be a member of the NFPA to be eligible for the Board of Directors. You can join the NFPA HERE.


Notice of a Policy Briefing on Foster Parenting hosted by the CHAMPS Campaign

Join this online briefing to learn about state and federal policy reforms to strengthen family-based foster care. Advocates will highlight policy priorities and share examples of policy wins and lessons learned on efforts to strengthen kin and non-kin foster parenting.

Speakers include:

  • State advocates from West Virginia, Colorado, New York and Vermont and representatives from these national organizations:
  • National Foster Parent Association
  • Generations United
  • Youth Law Center’s Quality Parenting Initiative
  • Children’s Village and
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children

Date: December 15, 2022

Time: 2-3:30 ET

Briefing by Zoom

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpdeGpqzooH9JhiPYnbFkgosk9AJv6ON9o

For policy advocacy tools, see the policy hub on the CHAMPS website

Be sure to check out this brief, Winning Approaches to Strengthening Family-Based Care

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Our Strength Conference sessions are still online and available for learning! 

Topic areas include:

  • Advocacy Between All Partners

  • Keeping Relative and Kinship Connections Strong

  • Mental Health - Service Gaps and Self Care

  • Promoting Parent Partnerships

For more details about the sessions, presenters, and more,  visit https://nfpaeducation.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Grassley, Hassan Propose Improvements to Foster Family Recruitment Efforts to Help Foster Youth

WASHINGTON -- Today, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced bipartisan legislation that seeks to improve recruitment, retention and support for foster parents by fixing the feedback process and bolstering data collection. The proposal comes as most states, including Iowa, face a shortage of qualified foster parents – an issue that is only expected to worsen as child welfare agencies look to rely less on congregate care and more on family settings.

“The child welfare system relies on trained, qualified foster parents stepping up to care for children in need. But too often, the system fails to support these families. Our bipartisan legislation works to ensure foster parents are supported and listened to. Additionally, it requires states to use data to make recruitment efforts more targeted and effective. By making these necessary improvements, we can help more foster youth experience stable, loving placements and eventually have permanency. I appreciate Senator Hassan for joining me on this important effort to support foster youth and parents,” Grassley said.

“Foster parents open their home to children, taking on immense responsibility during what can often be a very difficult time for a child. It is essential that their feedback, and the feedback of individuals who have previously been in the foster care system, is incorporated into foster care programs so that states can build a stronger foster family recruitment system,” Hassan said. “This bipartisan bill will take commonsense steps to strengthen the foster care program, and I am glad to partner with Senator Grassley on this important and urgent issue.”

Grassley and Hassan’s bill, the Data-Driven Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention Act, is supported by 20 state organizations and several national organizations, including the National Foster Parent Association, North American Council on Adoptable Children, Voice for Adoption, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Children’s Home Society of America and The Family Focused Treatment Association.

“Many years of experience tell us that the important work of recruiting foster families requires agencies to utilize effective, data-driven approaches. The Data-Driven Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention Act of 2022 offers much-needed improvements to federal policy by providing clear guidance to help child welfare agencies plan and implement best practices in foster parent recruitment and retention,” the organizations said in a joint support letter to Grassley and Hassan.

The legislation would update the Title IV-B Diligent Recruitment Plan requirements to make them more robust and require states to use a data-driven approach. Additionally, it would call for states to provide more opportunity for input from foster parents through foster parent advisory boards when making these plans.

Specifically, the Data-Driven Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention Act would:

  • Create a new “family partnership plan” requirement that describes how states will be identifying, recruiting, screening, supporting and retaining foster families by:
    • Requiring consultation with foster parents and kinship parents, as well as youth and service providers;
    • Requiring states to describe plans to use data to establish goals, assess needs and measure progress; and
    • Describing how the state plans to stand up and support ongoing family advisory boards to improve retention of foster and adoptive families.
  • Require states to collect and report on the foster family capacity and congregate care utilization, as well as the demographics and characteristics of foster families. This data collection would also include a summary of feedback from foster parents on licensing, support, training and reasons why they have stopped taking placements if applicable.
  • Require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to produce an annual report of states’ data in order to identify national trends, similar to the data collection and annual report on children in foster care.

Full text of the bill is available HERE.

If you are a representative of an organization that wishes to add its signature to the letter to lend your support for the bill, click HERE.




Click HERE to visit our Conference website and to register! 

Here you'll find:

  • Registration for the event that starts June 23rd;
  • Links to purchase Agency Bundles;
  • And more!

Learn more >>

A special thank you goes to our Conference Friends!







May of '22 was National Foster Care Month. Visit our web page HERE to discover downloadable resources that are of value all year 'round!


Executive Director Arnie Eby met up with our esteemed former Executive Director Irene Clements and current President Karen Poteet at this year's CWLA Conference!  They are celebrating Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents, and spreading the word about the NFPA mission and our upcoming Strength Conference.


Irene, Arnie and Karen at the CWLA Convention, 4/29/22


Executive Director Arnie Eby


 Irene Clements being honored at a CWLA Conference event for her years of service and significant contributions to Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents.


Irene Clements with April Michelle Rivera-Curtis


Current President Karen Poteet with Former Executive Director Irene Clements


Arnold Eby Named New NFPA Executive Director


The Board of Directors of the National Foster Parent Association is pleased to announce the selection of Arnold Eby as our new Executive Director effective January 1, 2022.

Eby has already begun working with NFPA and our current Executive Director, Irene Clements, to affect a seamless administrative transition.

Eby is known as 'Mr. Arnold' to over 130 children in foster care that joined the Eby family over the years; ‘The Monster' in roughly one million (and counting) games of monster tag; and as just 'Arnie' to his friends. He has been married to his wife Donna for 30 years, and together they have been foster parents for over 20 years, including three foster children (ages 5, 7 & 9) through the COVID-19 pandemic. They are the parents to three daughters and three sons, four of which are adopted from the foster care system.

Arnie most recently served as the Executive Director of the Maryland Resource Parent Association (MRPA) and has been involved with MRPA in various capacities since its inception 17 years ago. He is also the past Chair of the Maryland Children’s Justice Act Committee, and serves on multiple other national, state, and local government committees, including as the current Public Policy Chair for the National Foster Parent Association. The NFPA is excited to bring Arnie's leadership and expertise onboard.

Please join us in welcoming Arnold “Arnie” Eby to the National Foster Parent Association!  


Paycom Software Donates $25,000 to the NFPA!



OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 1, 2021) – Paycom Software, Inc., (NYSE:PAYC), a leading provider of comprehensive, cloud-based human capital management software, donated $25,000 to The National Foster Parent Association to help provide foster families opportunities for advocacy, networking and education.

Read the full press release HERE.




Are you looking for quality training opportunities for Foster, Kinship and Adoptive parents that are ONLINE, FREE and targeted to your specific needs?

Then be sure to have a look at NFPAti! There are dozens of valuable training sessions that you can take - on your schedule, when it's convenient. 

You will receive a Training Certificate when each course is completed.

Visit the Training Institute now to enroll in the session - or sessions - that are of most value to YOU!


GET INVOLVED

NFPA has an important mission to support the care givers of our nation's most vulnerable children and youth.  What can you do?

    • Volunteer - As a volunteer based organization, NFPA relies on people like you.  Join one of our committees, volunteer to support our events, or even help provide content for our website
    • Join the Friends of NFPA - make a monthly donation pledge and be recognized for your on-going support.
    • Donate - Make a one-time donation by check or credit card. 
    • Become a Member - membership is open to any individual concerned with the welfare of children in the foster care system.

WALK ME HOME

Walk Me Home.... to the place I belong is the signature fund-raising and awareness event for foster care in America. We know not everyone can be a foster parent, but Walk Me Home is a great way to support the over 437,000 children in foster care. 

This year thousands and thousands of walkers will participate in Walk Me Home events across the country, raising funds to support the life changing programs and activities of foster care associations throughout the United States.  

Learn more about how to get involved here

ABOUT NFPA

The National Foster Parent Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization established in 1972 as a result of the concerns of several independent groups that felt the country needed a national organization to meet the needs of foster families in the United States.

Today, NFPA has grown from an original group of 926 foster parents, 210 social workers and 59 other professionals to an organization that represents thousands of foster families nationwide through foster parent affiliates.

This mission of the NFPA is to be a respected national voice for foster, kinship, and adoptive families through networking, education, and advocacy.


The National Foster Parent Association is a champion for the thousands of families that open their hearts and their homes to the over 400,000 children in out-of-home placement in the US. The NFPA believes in the importance of family-based care for foster children and that every child deserves support and a permanent family.

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