The National Voice of Foster Parents

Please contact us with questions you want to be answered and topics you would like to discuss.  Then tune in on Facebook each week, you will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee, or other favorite beverage, with Irene as we talk. Submit your questions and topics below, and we will see you on Facebook soon!

Episode Seven

About this episode

Today we answer the questions surrounding how it is possible to keep recruiting foster, adoptive, and kinship families during this tough time. Special guests Margaret Doherty of the Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families and DeAnna Alonso of the Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association discuss how their organizations are stepping up to support, train, and recruit families.

  • Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families: CAFAF’s vision is that the citizens of Connecticut recognize that family life is a necessity for all children. The family creates the optimum environment for appropriate responses to a child’s developmental and specialized needs. We also envision that foster, adoptive, and kinship care families are of an adequate number, skill, and cultural diversity to assure high-quality care for all children. This knowledge, skill, and attitude will be transmitted through peer to peer empowerment. Learn more at
  • Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association: The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association is a not for profit agency that educates, supports, and advocates for foster and adoptive children, youth and families in central Missouri by offering services and partnering with community and governmental agencies to develop healthy and self-sufficient individuals and families. Learn more at

Episode Six

About this Episode

In this episode of Coffee with Caregivers, we have the host of our Family to Family series on the NFPA Training Institute, Cate Hawks. We discuss the importance of the team working in tandem to support the entire family unit.

  • Family to Family Bundle Training: Focusing on foster care as a support to families, not a substitute for parents. The NFPA Training Institute is excited to announce the highly popular Family to Family series presented by Cate Hawks, M.A. is now available at the NFPA Training Institute.

episode five

About this episode

Today we speak with a fantastic foster care advocate, Hope Cooper, with Foster CHAMPS. We are going to discuss a new letter to congress sharing the unique point of view of foster care and kinship parents about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of children and youth in foster care and their families. 

CHAMPS is a national campaign to ensure bright futures for kids in foster care by promoting the highest quality parenting.  CHAMPS builds on research that shows that loving, supportive families – whether birth, kin, foster, or adoptive – are critical to the healthy development of all children. To learn more about CHAMPS, visit 

episode four

About this episode

Here we are again, Coffee with Caregivers has a fantastic guest today.  Please help us welcome Arnie Eby, a foster parent, and the Executive Director at the Maryland Resource Parent Association.  On today's episode, we will discuss National Foster Care month, dealing with children's behaviors when you work from home, and tips for helping little ones with transitions during these times of a lack of schedule consistency.  Find out why Arnie says, "It's okay not to know."

Episode Three

About this Episode

Welcome to episode three of Coffee with Caregivers. Today we are talking with Rhonda Sciortino about seven things you can do to survive tough times.

"Love isn't just a feeling. Feelings come and go, but the love within each of us that makes us our best selves is measured by the way we treat others. It's the actions you do for one another in your everyday life." - Rhonda Sciortino

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Episode Two

About this Episode

Welcome caregivers, here we are again; we are ready for episode two of Coffee with Caregivers. Today we are chatting about the passion behind being a caregiver, my story and journey through adoption, foster care, and life of advocacy and what we can do to celebrate National Foster Care Month this May.

Given the pandemic, what is happening within the foster care system to utilize electronic means of communication, supervision, family time, training and support, court hearings, meetings, etc?

Lisa from Ashburn, Virginia:  What can we do virtually to celebrate National Foster Month in May?

Episode One

About this Episode

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the first episode of Coffee with Caregivers. Stop by for a conversation with Irene Clements, the Executive Director of the National Foster Parent Association. Get to know our host and start more significant conversations about good screen time and social media assistance, self-care without all the guilt, touch on the differences of foster care across state borders, and the uncertainty of it all.

Gayle from Santa Rosa, California: Are there any healthy or creative videos or screen ideas to work with teens while being sequestered?  

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Pam from Morgantown, West Virginia: Self-care without so much guilt?

Jessica from Thomas, Oklahoma: How do foster care systems differ across the states?  

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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