The National Voice of Foster Parents



Tammy Wells, Chair

  • Establishes a Compliance Officer
  • Compliance Officer receives and investigates any Whistle Blower complaints and reports to Directors
  • Monitors compliance of bylaws, policies and procedures, etc., to include required signed and filed policies for All Board Directors
  • Assist accountant in selecting auditor for annual audit
  • Ensures proper and timely submission of Form 990
  • Talks with auditor to get audit report and management letter, discusses the audit findings and management letter findings with the Directors
  • Audits expenditures for appropriateness and compliance with budget, makes recommendations to Finance committee when warranted
  • Ensures NFPA follows all required financial/audit policies required by federal and state guidelines


Thomas Rector, Chair

  • Preparation of annual budget
  • Resource development
  • Caregiver notes/logbook, other items for generating revenue
  • Ensuring funds are used wisely by Board and contractors
  • Monitoring budget
  • Recommending budget adjustments to Directors when appropriate


Mary Beth Dondiego, Chair

  • Bylaws/Articles of Incorporation
  • Reviews and updates to Board policies and procedures, forms, etc.
  • Board composition, Director recruitment, orientation for New Directors
  • Provisions of Conflict of Interest, Code of Ethics, and Whistle Blower policies to Directors annually
  • Director self-assessments
  • Director training/continuing education
  • Strategic planning and plan reviews
  • Revise, then distribute and collect NFPA Director/Committee Chair Quarterly Reports


Shawn Johnson, Chair

  • Communications/Social Media
  • Conference planning and implementation
  • Helen Stone Scholarship
  • Cedar Works
  • Youth Scholarships
  • Friends of NFPA
  • Overseeing membership list with Administrator
  • Setting dues and dues categories with approval of the Board of Directors
  • Responding to selected emails/calls from foster parents with assistance of State FPAs


Vacant, Chair

  • Public policy/Position Statements
  • Walk Me Home
  • Siblings ad-hoc work
  • Diversity in general with Native American, LGBTQ, Military carve outs
  • Kinship Care
  • Work with Membership Committee to identify new programs/make recommendations for long range planning to Board of Directors and work with Governance Committee to see how the new program(s) fall within the Strategic Plan
  • Assess current programs and make recommendations to Board of Directors when needed

Sub Committees



Bob Ruble, Chair

Foster Family Bio Kids


LGBTQ Families and Youth

Lori Duke Ross, Co-Chair

Shawn Johnson, Co-Chair

Public Policy

Walk Me Home

Youth Scholarship

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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