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BOD Meeting Notes for 2023

Journey to Success – NFPA/CoSA Fall Meeting

Our Fall meeting was held October 26-28, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency, Reston, Virginia This very successful meeting provided an opportunity for 20 of NFPA’s Council of State Affiliates (CoSA) members to meet with 12 Congressional leaders and staffers and participate in...

NFPATI

NFPAti - FREE, online courses, for child and youth caregivers, provided by Centene Corporation. Available 24/7. Training certificate provided upon completion of each course. Click here to check it out!

Voice for Adoption

Voice for Adoption advocates for the 117,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. NFPA Executive Director, Arnie Eby has joined their Board as a Lived Experience Voice of Foster Parents.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov 11 – 18, 2023

Volunteer. Donate. Educate. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational,...

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question: How long will children need to take medication? I hate the thought of my children being on medication until they are well into their adult years, but if they are taking it due to a chemical imbalance then won't they always have a chemical imbalance? ...

Vote on proposed resolution

All NFPA members will soon be receiving an electronic ballot asking for an affirmative vote on a new resolution presented to the NFPA Board of Directors on Aug. 3. This resolution regarding allowing access to original birth certificates and information to adult...

Shop with Amazon Smile to support NFPA

With back-to-school shopping this month, giving back to NFPA is easier than ever! Just select us as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile and shop away!  The foster families and foster children we serve across America thank you!!!

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question: I'm confused as to why my kid was put on a "stimulant" for being hyper. That makes no sense to me. Answer: Thanks for asking this question – people often wonder about this. The current understanding of ADHD is that the primary difficulties have to do with...

Join NFPA Today!

As the National Professional Trade Organization of Foster Families, the National Foster Parent Association is focused on advocating and serving front line foster parents across the United States who provide homes for abused and neglected children. Many of you are...

The New & Improved NFPA Informer

The biweekly electronic newsletter of the National Foster Parent Association, The NFPA Informer, has taken on a new look and feel as of September 2015.  NFPA has partnered with paper.li to create our new interactive and very informative web-based newsletter, focused...

Foster Talk with Dr. John DeGarmo

Join renowned foster parenting expert, Dr. John DeGarmo, every week as he discusses foster care and foster parenting issues with guest speakers and families across the country.  This 30-minute program will be sure to leave you feeling more educated, valued, and...

CedarWorks’ Winners Announcement 9/14/15

The final days of waiting are upon us!  CedarWorks "Play It Forward" annual campaign will be announcing it's 2015 winners on September 14, 2015.  This NFPA members only contest awards a free customized CedarWorks play set to several lucky families!  Winners are chosen...

Adoption Resolution Approved by NFPA Members

National Foster Parent Association members have agreed with our board's proposal and have voted YES to allowing access to original birth certificates and information to adult adoptees. For those members who took the time to vote on this important resolution, we...

Scholarship Committee Members Needed!

  It's that time of year again and we need you for the Scholarship Committee.  Every year this committee is responsible for determining the National Foster Parent Association scholarship recipients.  Scholarships are awarded to chosen high school senior foster,...

Actress Mary Beth Evans Partners with NFPA

Many of you don't know that Mary Beth Evans, better known to many of you as Kayla Brady on the daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives, is a CASA volunteer.  This wife, mother, actress, and child advocate is partnering with The National Foster Parent Association to...

Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the workplace giving program of the federal government of the United States.  According to its website, the mission of the CFC "is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient,...

Items for Congressional Action

According to the Child Welfare League of America, once Congress gets beyond appropriations this month they have a number of other areas that either must be addressed or could receive action.  The following areas impact the child welfare and foster care field...

Foster Care Legislation To Be Reviewed

With Congress likely to be discussing appropriations into December there is time for a number of issues and in some cases Congress will have to act. One possibility that was mentioned in early August by Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is a mark-up of...

Lost Childhoods Exhibition in San Fran

Foster Youth Museum Presents Lost Childhoods Exhibition at Grace Cathedral October 15 – November 1, 2015  Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco Open Daily, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Foster Youth Museum presents its groundbreaking exhibit about youth...

CedarWorks Update!

The winners of the 2015 CedarWorks' Play It Forward contest have been chosen!  Five lucky foster families are in the process of being contacted this week with this wonderfully generous news.  Keep following us for the latest on who has won!!!

Committee Members Needed!

Each committee within the National Foster Parent Association needs more volunteer committee members.  There is a place within NFPA for everyone willing to serve.  No matter your skill level, no matter your education or experience, there is a committee where you will...

NFPA Supports Children’s Bill of Rights Resolution

Currently, the United States does not have a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of the child. As a result, the essential needs of thousands of children are not met, and standards relating to the health, safety, and well-being of children are applied...

National Adoption Month

Approximately 30 percent of the United States foster care population comprises youth ages 13 to 18 years old and, last year, 23,000 youth aged out of care without any legal tie to a family. Through adoption, youth experience a sense of stability, as well as receive...

How Much Information Should you Share?

The following article is writing by "Confessions of an Adoptive Parent:" Whether you’re an adoptive, foster, or special needs family, there’s a tricky balance between inviting people into your story and keeping private information, private. The best place to begin?...

Giving Tuesday

We need your support! Support children in foster care and adoption by supporting the families that provide safe, nurturing care for them when they can no longer live safely with their parents.  These selfless families make a real difference in the lives of over...

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question How do you determine whether the risks outweigh the benefits when putting a child on meds? The thought of intentionally causing my child to experience something unpleasant really makes me angry just so they can be "controlled" at school. Answer The decision...

Free Webinar

As part of the 2015 initiative, the Children's Bureau, in collaboration with Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids, hosted a free, interactive webinar that focused on older youth adoption. This webinar highlights the adoption story of Mary Lee Esq., who...

Connection BEFORE Correction

From Bluewater Family Support Services, support for foster families: Bluewater is back with a friendly tip we think will make your role as a parent easier and less distressing: connect with you child before attempting to correct your child. Children need to know...

Holiday Shopping with Amazon Smile

As you begin your holiday shopping, please don't forget that Amazon.com has partnered with the National Foster Parent Association to give back a portion of sells purchased on Amazon Smile when the charity choice is NFPA.  This is a simple, easy, and fast way to give...

Hotels Cheap Scholarship Award

  The National Foster Parent Association is please to announce this fantastic news for your high school senior. The Hotelscheap.org Spring 2016 General Scholarship Award opportunity is now available and accepting student application through April 15, 2016 with a...

Casey Family Webinar Series

Five-part webinar series: Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act For more than a decade, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative has been partnering with communities across the nation to help improve outcomes for young people transitioning from foster care to...

CedarWorks Announces Winners!!!

The 2015 CedarWorks Play It Forward contest winners have been announced!  A total of five families were selected by CedarWorks to win a customized CedarWorks play set for their homes!  The following winners are: 1. Karen and Sean Mowad Bristol, CT 2. Janell McNally...

Consider NFPA for your end of year giving

Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders.  Children and youth who cannot live with their birth parents deserve well trained, safe, nurturing, loving, understanding and supported families that can welcome them to join their family for as long as they need care.  Foster,...

Ask Dr. Holmes : Why are my kids taking medications?

Question The doctor we use doesn't explain anything to us when we go to our medication appointments.  I don't fully understand why my kids are taking the medications they take and how long they need to take them for. Answer This is a very important issue. As the...

Mid Year Meetings in November

The National Foster Parent Association Board of Director and Council of State Affiliates will be meeting November 9-11, 2015 at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  These meetings are open to all members of NFPA.  Please plan to join us and hear all...

2016 Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipients Anounced

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Horatio Alger National Scholarship recipients have been selected!  Please click the following link for the list of scholarship recipients: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/2016-scholarship-recipients/ What it...

Foster Parent Training Videos

Video premiere at the NFPA/NKC 2016 National convention! “Get Results With Better Conversations” video series from Successful Survivors Foundation, Inc. tackles the difficult conversations needed to establish meaningful connections with kids in foster care –...

Foster Talk with Dr. John – Mondays at 7 EST

Don't forget to join Dr. John DeGarmo and the National Foster Parent Association, every Monday evening at 7:00 pm EST, for Foster Talk with Dr. John.  Dr. John DeGarmo, renowned expert in foster care, shares his expertise and insight with families across the United...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Communicating with your Doctor

Question What can I do to improve communication with my medication provider? Answer There are several strategies that foster parents can utilize to help improve communication: 1. Make sure your provider understands your needs and requirements concerning the need to...

Policy Change that Benefits Foster Parents

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has announced a new policy regarding the ability of foster parents to access the social security numbers of children placed in their homes for tax purposes. This policy resolves a long-standing problem...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Strattera

Question Is there any new information on Strattera? Is it a good medicine to use for ADHD? Answer There is no recent news related to the use of Strattera, which has been on the market for several years as an alternative treatment for ADHD. It is potentially a helpful...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Obamacare’s Impact on Your Foster Child

Question Is Obamacare going to impact the insurance for my foster children?  Answer The short answer is “No,” not at this time, and likely not in the future. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” was put in place to provide insurance coverage for...

Horatio Alger Scholarships Open In ID, LA, MO

The scholarship application is now open for students in Idaho, Louisiana, and Montana until April 15, 2016. Please encourage high school seniors graduating in the spring 2016 to apply for this scholarship opportunity at application.horatioalger.org Award Amounts:...

Article: “I Have a Brand New Six Year Old” 

  Every year, on their birthdays, I send an email to the person in the placement who called me for my kiddos.  Today is Warren's birthday. Here is the letter I sent to Steve. Dear Steve, I woke up this morning to a brand new six year old! Can you believe it’s...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Can ADHD Meds Cause Weak Bones?

Question: I have heard something about medications for ADHD causing weak bones. Should we be concerned about this information?  Answer: The stimulant medicines, which are the medicines most commonly used to treat ADHD, have been studied for a long time due to concerns...

Ask Dr. Holmes: What is Prazosin?

Question: What is Prazosin and why would my child take it?  Answer: Prazosin is a medicine that was originally developed to be used for high blood pressure (hypertension), and it has been on the market for many years. In terms of its action, Prazosin is similar to the...

Virtual Walk Me Home May 21st

Join the National Foster Parent Association in celebration of National Foster Care month by taking part in Walk Me Home ……to the place I belong. There are many walks taking place across the US and we ask that you support the ones in your area. For those not near a...

Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” focuses on Adoption

  CWLA is excited to announce that Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning animated series “Doc McStuffins” will feature an adoption storyline beginning FRIDAY, MARCH 4 (8:00-8:30 a.m. EST) on Disney Channel. The multi-episode story arc will showcase the McStuffins...

Join Us in Las Vegas!!!

This year, the 2016 National Foster Parent Association and National Kinship Alliance for Children Annual Convention will be held in sunny Las Vegas, NV at the Flamingo Hotel, June 22-25, 2016. Attendees will enjoy 19 hours of training and fun, over three days....

Support NFPA and make Dad happy 🙂

Why not make Dad smile with a cool techno-gift and support NFPA without any effort. Use this link to make the National Foster Parent Association your charity of choice for your Amazon purchases.  Then every time you visit Amazon, start at http://smile.amazon.com....

Better Together: Collaboration Success!

Thanks to the hundreds of foster, kinship and adoptive parents, as well as the many child welfare professionals that attended the National Foster Parent Assoc and National Kinship Alliance  2016  Convention in Las Vegas. The workshops were educational and the plenary...

Is your foster care “Village” on the same page as you?

Reprint Article for Fostering Families Today-Advocating for your Child Issue for Oct/Nov 2015 Denise Rice, LCSW, LAC DeniseRice@Hotmail.com Is your foster care “Village” on the same page as you? Part of advocating for all children in foster care is to make sure that...

June Focuses on Reunification

June is National Reunification Month.  One  way to participate in the month is to nominate a Reunification Hero. The American Bar Association  interviews parents and professionals that are nominated, writes up their story and publicizes it through the Parent Attorney...

Supporting NFPA With Mother’s Day Gifts!

As you prepare for Mother's Day on May 8, 2016, remember that you can support the National Foster Parent Association with any Amazon Smile purchase, when you chose NFPA as your donation recipient.  Thank you for your continued support and may each of you have a...

Virtual Walk Me Home – May 21st

Join the National Foster Parent Association in celebration of National Foster Care month by taking part in Walk Me Home…to the place I belong. There are many walks taking place across the US and we ask that you support the ones in your area. For those not near a Walk...

THE JOURNEY…a Guide and Journal for Foster Caregivers

NFPA is proud to present our newest publication to benefit foster caregivers and the children they so diligently serve.  THE JOURNEY is designed to complement the paperwork already required by child protection programs.  We know that a mini-step for one child may be a...

The Beauty and Brokenness of Foster Care – Jason Johnson

It was a Wednesday. We received our first call from our foster care agency at 3:30 in the afternoon - a newborn baby girl had been taken into custody by Child Protective Services at the hospital and was in need of placement. "Are you interested?", they asked. Of...

Congratulations to the Helen Stone Scholarship Recipients

The recipients of the Helen Stone Scholarships are Lauri Desir of North Dakota and Sara Viar of Ohio.  The Helen Stone Scholarship assists foster, adoptive and kinship parents who are members of NFPA attend the annual NFPA conference.  This year's conference will be...

The Amazing You

http://www.amazon.com/The-Amazing-Leyla-Hekmatdoost-Perkins/dp/1320454666 The Amazing You By Leyla Hekmatdoost Perkins Blurb Publishing, 2015, ISBN 978-1320454667, 24 pages, $14.99 Reviewed by- Denise Rice, LCSW, LAC (DeniseRice@Hotmail.com) Leyla Perkins debut book...

A REVIEW OF TECHNIQUES IN MANAGING DEPRESSION

A REVIEW OF TECHNIQUES IN MANAGING DEPRESSION By Stanley Popovich Some people have a difficult time in managing their depression. Sometimes, their depression and fears can get the best of them. As a result, here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to...

Mindfulness for Carers

Mindfulness For Carers How to Manage the Demands of Caregiving while Finding a place for Yourself • AUTHOR: CHERYL REZEK • PUBLISHER: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS • PUBLISHED: MAY 2015 • ISBN-10: 1849056544 • ISBN-13: 9781849056540 • FORMAT: PAPERBACK Ebook 2015, ePUB,...

Support NFPA this holiday season with AmazonSmile

The holidays are approaching and you will be busy shopping for gifts, decorations, and more. NFPA would like to remind you to shop at smile.amazon.com highlighting the National Foster Parent Association, Inc. as your charity of choice so that  we can increase our...

Sexual Behaviors in Children

Sexual behaviors in children range from normal and developmentally appropriate to abusive and violent. While earlier studies 1,2 have suggested a strong correlation between sexual abuse and sexual behavior problems in children, more recent studies 3,4 have broadened...

Heart of a Foster Mother

You might not be able to tell what this is on this cool crisp fall morning at 7:15am. I would like to know how many days and how many of these big yellow buses I have watched come down the road. How many different kiddo's have stood by my side ready for a new day and...

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students   NFPA proudly announces that it will be awarding a scholarship to a student who is continuing their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. The scholarship application period will...

How To Find A Good Mental Health Counselor

How To Find A Good Mental Health Counselor By: Stan Popovich Many people have a difficult time in finding an effective mental health counselor. Just like everything in life, you have your good counselors and you have your not so great counselors. The key is to find...

Managing Your Persistent Fears, Anxieties, and Stress

By: Stanley Popovich Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however, some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and everyday anxieties. When...

When Someone You Know Struggles with Fear, Anxiety and Stress

By: Stanley Popovich What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and...

NFPA Youth Scholarships for Students

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students   NFPA proudly announces that it will be awarding a scholarship to a student who is continuing their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. In addition to providing scholarships for...

We Achieved the Silver Seal at Guide Star!

The National Foster Parent Association was recently recognized for our transparency with a Silver Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile! GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a...

2018 Annual Education Conference

The National Foster Parent Association and Florida State Foster Adoptive Parent Association are proud to announce that they will be combining forces in Orlando in 2018! The conference for foster parents will be at the Caribe Royal Orlando, June 28 - July 1, 2018. Stay...

BOD Meeting Notes for 2022

Click the date to see the file for that month’s meeting.

Journey to Success – NFPA/CoSA Fall Meeting

Our Fall meeting was held October 26-28, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency, Reston, Virginia This very successful meeting provided an opportunity for 20 of NFPA’s Council of State Affiliates (CoSA) members to meet with 12 Congressional leaders and staffers and participate in...

NFPATI

NFPAti - FREE, online courses, for child and youth caregivers, provided by Centene Corporation. Available 24/7. Training certificate provided upon completion of each course. Click here to check it out!

Voice for Adoption

Voice for Adoption advocates for the 117,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. NFPA Executive Director, Arnie Eby has joined their Board as a Lived Experience Voice of Foster Parents.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov 11 – 18, 2023

Volunteer. Donate. Educate. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational,...

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question: How long will children need to take medication? I hate the thought of my children being on medication until they are well into their adult years, but if they are taking it due to a chemical imbalance then won't they always have a chemical imbalance? ...

Vote on proposed resolution

All NFPA members will soon be receiving an electronic ballot asking for an affirmative vote on a new resolution presented to the NFPA Board of Directors on Aug. 3. This resolution regarding allowing access to original birth certificates and information to adult...

Shop with Amazon Smile to support NFPA

With back-to-school shopping this month, giving back to NFPA is easier than ever! Just select us as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile and shop away!  The foster families and foster children we serve across America thank you!!!

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question: I'm confused as to why my kid was put on a "stimulant" for being hyper. That makes no sense to me. Answer: Thanks for asking this question – people often wonder about this. The current understanding of ADHD is that the primary difficulties have to do with...

Join NFPA Today!

As the National Professional Trade Organization of Foster Families, the National Foster Parent Association is focused on advocating and serving front line foster parents across the United States who provide homes for abused and neglected children. Many of you are...

The New & Improved NFPA Informer

The biweekly electronic newsletter of the National Foster Parent Association, The NFPA Informer, has taken on a new look and feel as of September 2015.  NFPA has partnered with paper.li to create our new interactive and very informative web-based newsletter, focused...

Foster Talk with Dr. John DeGarmo

Join renowned foster parenting expert, Dr. John DeGarmo, every week as he discusses foster care and foster parenting issues with guest speakers and families across the country.  This 30-minute program will be sure to leave you feeling more educated, valued, and...

CedarWorks’ Winners Announcement 9/14/15

The final days of waiting are upon us!  CedarWorks "Play It Forward" annual campaign will be announcing it's 2015 winners on September 14, 2015.  This NFPA members only contest awards a free customized CedarWorks play set to several lucky families!  Winners are chosen...

Adoption Resolution Approved by NFPA Members

National Foster Parent Association members have agreed with our board's proposal and have voted YES to allowing access to original birth certificates and information to adult adoptees. For those members who took the time to vote on this important resolution, we...

Scholarship Committee Members Needed!

  It's that time of year again and we need you for the Scholarship Committee.  Every year this committee is responsible for determining the National Foster Parent Association scholarship recipients.  Scholarships are awarded to chosen high school senior foster,...

Actress Mary Beth Evans Partners with NFPA

Many of you don't know that Mary Beth Evans, better known to many of you as Kayla Brady on the daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives, is a CASA volunteer.  This wife, mother, actress, and child advocate is partnering with The National Foster Parent Association to...

Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the workplace giving program of the federal government of the United States.  According to its website, the mission of the CFC "is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient,...

Items for Congressional Action

According to the Child Welfare League of America, once Congress gets beyond appropriations this month they have a number of other areas that either must be addressed or could receive action.  The following areas impact the child welfare and foster care field...

Foster Care Legislation To Be Reviewed

With Congress likely to be discussing appropriations into December there is time for a number of issues and in some cases Congress will have to act. One possibility that was mentioned in early August by Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is a mark-up of...

Lost Childhoods Exhibition in San Fran

Foster Youth Museum Presents Lost Childhoods Exhibition at Grace Cathedral October 15 – November 1, 2015  Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco Open Daily, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Foster Youth Museum presents its groundbreaking exhibit about youth...

CedarWorks Update!

The winners of the 2015 CedarWorks' Play It Forward contest have been chosen!  Five lucky foster families are in the process of being contacted this week with this wonderfully generous news.  Keep following us for the latest on who has won!!!

Committee Members Needed!

Each committee within the National Foster Parent Association needs more volunteer committee members.  There is a place within NFPA for everyone willing to serve.  No matter your skill level, no matter your education or experience, there is a committee where you will...

NFPA Supports Children’s Bill of Rights Resolution

Currently, the United States does not have a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of the child. As a result, the essential needs of thousands of children are not met, and standards relating to the health, safety, and well-being of children are applied...

National Adoption Month

Approximately 30 percent of the United States foster care population comprises youth ages 13 to 18 years old and, last year, 23,000 youth aged out of care without any legal tie to a family. Through adoption, youth experience a sense of stability, as well as receive...

How Much Information Should you Share?

The following article is writing by "Confessions of an Adoptive Parent:" Whether you’re an adoptive, foster, or special needs family, there’s a tricky balance between inviting people into your story and keeping private information, private. The best place to begin?...

Giving Tuesday

We need your support! Support children in foster care and adoption by supporting the families that provide safe, nurturing care for them when they can no longer live safely with their parents.  These selfless families make a real difference in the lives of over...

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question How do you determine whether the risks outweigh the benefits when putting a child on meds? The thought of intentionally causing my child to experience something unpleasant really makes me angry just so they can be "controlled" at school. Answer The decision...

Free Webinar

As part of the 2015 initiative, the Children's Bureau, in collaboration with Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids, hosted a free, interactive webinar that focused on older youth adoption. This webinar highlights the adoption story of Mary Lee Esq., who...

Connection BEFORE Correction

From Bluewater Family Support Services, support for foster families: Bluewater is back with a friendly tip we think will make your role as a parent easier and less distressing: connect with you child before attempting to correct your child. Children need to know...

Holiday Shopping with Amazon Smile

As you begin your holiday shopping, please don't forget that Amazon.com has partnered with the National Foster Parent Association to give back a portion of sells purchased on Amazon Smile when the charity choice is NFPA.  This is a simple, easy, and fast way to give...

Hotels Cheap Scholarship Award

  The National Foster Parent Association is please to announce this fantastic news for your high school senior. The Hotelscheap.org Spring 2016 General Scholarship Award opportunity is now available and accepting student application through April 15, 2016 with a...

Casey Family Webinar Series

Five-part webinar series: Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act For more than a decade, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative has been partnering with communities across the nation to help improve outcomes for young people transitioning from foster care to...

CedarWorks Announces Winners!!!

The 2015 CedarWorks Play It Forward contest winners have been announced!  A total of five families were selected by CedarWorks to win a customized CedarWorks play set for their homes!  The following winners are: 1. Karen and Sean Mowad Bristol, CT 2. Janell McNally...

Consider NFPA for your end of year giving

Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders.  Children and youth who cannot live with their birth parents deserve well trained, safe, nurturing, loving, understanding and supported families that can welcome them to join their family for as long as they need care.  Foster,...

Ask Dr. Holmes : Why are my kids taking medications?

Question The doctor we use doesn't explain anything to us when we go to our medication appointments.  I don't fully understand why my kids are taking the medications they take and how long they need to take them for. Answer This is a very important issue. As the...

Mid Year Meetings in November

The National Foster Parent Association Board of Director and Council of State Affiliates will be meeting November 9-11, 2015 at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  These meetings are open to all members of NFPA.  Please plan to join us and hear all...

2016 Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipients Anounced

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Horatio Alger National Scholarship recipients have been selected!  Please click the following link for the list of scholarship recipients: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/2016-scholarship-recipients/ What it...

Foster Parent Training Videos

Video premiere at the NFPA/NKC 2016 National convention! “Get Results With Better Conversations” video series from Successful Survivors Foundation, Inc. tackles the difficult conversations needed to establish meaningful connections with kids in foster care –...

Foster Talk with Dr. John – Mondays at 7 EST

Don't forget to join Dr. John DeGarmo and the National Foster Parent Association, every Monday evening at 7:00 pm EST, for Foster Talk with Dr. John.  Dr. John DeGarmo, renowned expert in foster care, shares his expertise and insight with families across the United...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Communicating with your Doctor

Question What can I do to improve communication with my medication provider? Answer There are several strategies that foster parents can utilize to help improve communication: 1. Make sure your provider understands your needs and requirements concerning the need to...

Policy Change that Benefits Foster Parents

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has announced a new policy regarding the ability of foster parents to access the social security numbers of children placed in their homes for tax purposes. This policy resolves a long-standing problem...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Strattera

Question Is there any new information on Strattera? Is it a good medicine to use for ADHD? Answer There is no recent news related to the use of Strattera, which has been on the market for several years as an alternative treatment for ADHD. It is potentially a helpful...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Obamacare’s Impact on Your Foster Child

Question Is Obamacare going to impact the insurance for my foster children?  Answer The short answer is “No,” not at this time, and likely not in the future. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” was put in place to provide insurance coverage for...

Horatio Alger Scholarships Open In ID, LA, MO

The scholarship application is now open for students in Idaho, Louisiana, and Montana until April 15, 2016. Please encourage high school seniors graduating in the spring 2016 to apply for this scholarship opportunity at application.horatioalger.org Award Amounts:...

Article: “I Have a Brand New Six Year Old” 

  Every year, on their birthdays, I send an email to the person in the placement who called me for my kiddos.  Today is Warren's birthday. Here is the letter I sent to Steve. Dear Steve, I woke up this morning to a brand new six year old! Can you believe it’s...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Can ADHD Meds Cause Weak Bones?

Question: I have heard something about medications for ADHD causing weak bones. Should we be concerned about this information?  Answer: The stimulant medicines, which are the medicines most commonly used to treat ADHD, have been studied for a long time due to concerns...

Ask Dr. Holmes: What is Prazosin?

Question: What is Prazosin and why would my child take it?  Answer: Prazosin is a medicine that was originally developed to be used for high blood pressure (hypertension), and it has been on the market for many years. In terms of its action, Prazosin is similar to the...

Virtual Walk Me Home May 21st

Join the National Foster Parent Association in celebration of National Foster Care month by taking part in Walk Me Home ……to the place I belong. There are many walks taking place across the US and we ask that you support the ones in your area. For those not near a...

Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” focuses on Adoption

  CWLA is excited to announce that Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning animated series “Doc McStuffins” will feature an adoption storyline beginning FRIDAY, MARCH 4 (8:00-8:30 a.m. EST) on Disney Channel. The multi-episode story arc will showcase the McStuffins...

Join Us in Las Vegas!!!

This year, the 2016 National Foster Parent Association and National Kinship Alliance for Children Annual Convention will be held in sunny Las Vegas, NV at the Flamingo Hotel, June 22-25, 2016. Attendees will enjoy 19 hours of training and fun, over three days....

Support NFPA and make Dad happy 🙂

Why not make Dad smile with a cool techno-gift and support NFPA without any effort. Use this link to make the National Foster Parent Association your charity of choice for your Amazon purchases.  Then every time you visit Amazon, start at http://smile.amazon.com....

Better Together: Collaboration Success!

Thanks to the hundreds of foster, kinship and adoptive parents, as well as the many child welfare professionals that attended the National Foster Parent Assoc and National Kinship Alliance  2016  Convention in Las Vegas. The workshops were educational and the plenary...

Is your foster care “Village” on the same page as you?

Reprint Article for Fostering Families Today-Advocating for your Child Issue for Oct/Nov 2015 Denise Rice, LCSW, LAC DeniseRice@Hotmail.com Is your foster care “Village” on the same page as you? Part of advocating for all children in foster care is to make sure that...

June Focuses on Reunification

June is National Reunification Month.  One  way to participate in the month is to nominate a Reunification Hero. The American Bar Association  interviews parents and professionals that are nominated, writes up their story and publicizes it through the Parent Attorney...

Supporting NFPA With Mother’s Day Gifts!

As you prepare for Mother's Day on May 8, 2016, remember that you can support the National Foster Parent Association with any Amazon Smile purchase, when you chose NFPA as your donation recipient.  Thank you for your continued support and may each of you have a...

Virtual Walk Me Home – May 21st

Join the National Foster Parent Association in celebration of National Foster Care month by taking part in Walk Me Home…to the place I belong. There are many walks taking place across the US and we ask that you support the ones in your area. For those not near a Walk...

THE JOURNEY…a Guide and Journal for Foster Caregivers

NFPA is proud to present our newest publication to benefit foster caregivers and the children they so diligently serve.  THE JOURNEY is designed to complement the paperwork already required by child protection programs.  We know that a mini-step for one child may be a...

The Beauty and Brokenness of Foster Care – Jason Johnson

It was a Wednesday. We received our first call from our foster care agency at 3:30 in the afternoon - a newborn baby girl had been taken into custody by Child Protective Services at the hospital and was in need of placement. "Are you interested?", they asked. Of...

Congratulations to the Helen Stone Scholarship Recipients

The recipients of the Helen Stone Scholarships are Lauri Desir of North Dakota and Sara Viar of Ohio.  The Helen Stone Scholarship assists foster, adoptive and kinship parents who are members of NFPA attend the annual NFPA conference.  This year's conference will be...

The Amazing You

http://www.amazon.com/The-Amazing-Leyla-Hekmatdoost-Perkins/dp/1320454666 The Amazing You By Leyla Hekmatdoost Perkins Blurb Publishing, 2015, ISBN 978-1320454667, 24 pages, $14.99 Reviewed by- Denise Rice, LCSW, LAC (DeniseRice@Hotmail.com) Leyla Perkins debut book...

A REVIEW OF TECHNIQUES IN MANAGING DEPRESSION

A REVIEW OF TECHNIQUES IN MANAGING DEPRESSION By Stanley Popovich Some people have a difficult time in managing their depression. Sometimes, their depression and fears can get the best of them. As a result, here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to...

Mindfulness for Carers

Mindfulness For Carers How to Manage the Demands of Caregiving while Finding a place for Yourself • AUTHOR: CHERYL REZEK • PUBLISHER: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS • PUBLISHED: MAY 2015 • ISBN-10: 1849056544 • ISBN-13: 9781849056540 • FORMAT: PAPERBACK Ebook 2015, ePUB,...

Support NFPA this holiday season with AmazonSmile

The holidays are approaching and you will be busy shopping for gifts, decorations, and more. NFPA would like to remind you to shop at smile.amazon.com highlighting the National Foster Parent Association, Inc. as your charity of choice so that  we can increase our...

Sexual Behaviors in Children

Sexual behaviors in children range from normal and developmentally appropriate to abusive and violent. While earlier studies 1,2 have suggested a strong correlation between sexual abuse and sexual behavior problems in children, more recent studies 3,4 have broadened...

Heart of a Foster Mother

You might not be able to tell what this is on this cool crisp fall morning at 7:15am. I would like to know how many days and how many of these big yellow buses I have watched come down the road. How many different kiddo's have stood by my side ready for a new day and...

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students   NFPA proudly announces that it will be awarding a scholarship to a student who is continuing their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. The scholarship application period will...

How To Find A Good Mental Health Counselor

How To Find A Good Mental Health Counselor By: Stan Popovich Many people have a difficult time in finding an effective mental health counselor. Just like everything in life, you have your good counselors and you have your not so great counselors. The key is to find...

Managing Your Persistent Fears, Anxieties, and Stress

By: Stanley Popovich Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however, some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and everyday anxieties. When...

When Someone You Know Struggles with Fear, Anxiety and Stress

By: Stanley Popovich What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and...

NFPA Youth Scholarships for Students

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students   NFPA proudly announces that it will be awarding a scholarship to a student who is continuing their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. In addition to providing scholarships for...

We Achieved the Silver Seal at Guide Star!

The National Foster Parent Association was recently recognized for our transparency with a Silver Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile! GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a...

2018 Annual Education Conference

The National Foster Parent Association and Florida State Foster Adoptive Parent Association are proud to announce that they will be combining forces in Orlando in 2018! The conference for foster parents will be at the Caribe Royal Orlando, June 28 - July 1, 2018. Stay...

BOD Meeting Notes for 2021

Click the date to see the file for that month’s meeting.

Journey to Success – NFPA/CoSA Fall Meeting

Our Fall meeting was held October 26-28, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency, Reston, Virginia This very successful meeting provided an opportunity for 20 of NFPA’s Council of State Affiliates (CoSA) members to meet with 12 Congressional leaders and staffers and participate in...

NFPATI

NFPAti - FREE, online courses, for child and youth caregivers, provided by Centene Corporation. Available 24/7. Training certificate provided upon completion of each course. Click here to check it out!

Voice for Adoption

Voice for Adoption advocates for the 117,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. NFPA Executive Director, Arnie Eby has joined their Board as a Lived Experience Voice of Foster Parents.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov 11 – 18, 2023

Volunteer. Donate. Educate. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational,...

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question: How long will children need to take medication? I hate the thought of my children being on medication until they are well into their adult years, but if they are taking it due to a chemical imbalance then won't they always have a chemical imbalance? ...

Vote on proposed resolution

All NFPA members will soon be receiving an electronic ballot asking for an affirmative vote on a new resolution presented to the NFPA Board of Directors on Aug. 3. This resolution regarding allowing access to original birth certificates and information to adult...

Shop with Amazon Smile to support NFPA

With back-to-school shopping this month, giving back to NFPA is easier than ever! Just select us as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile and shop away!  The foster families and foster children we serve across America thank you!!!

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question: I'm confused as to why my kid was put on a "stimulant" for being hyper. That makes no sense to me. Answer: Thanks for asking this question – people often wonder about this. The current understanding of ADHD is that the primary difficulties have to do with...

Join NFPA Today!

As the National Professional Trade Organization of Foster Families, the National Foster Parent Association is focused on advocating and serving front line foster parents across the United States who provide homes for abused and neglected children. Many of you are...

The New & Improved NFPA Informer

The biweekly electronic newsletter of the National Foster Parent Association, The NFPA Informer, has taken on a new look and feel as of September 2015.  NFPA has partnered with paper.li to create our new interactive and very informative web-based newsletter, focused...

Foster Talk with Dr. John DeGarmo

Join renowned foster parenting expert, Dr. John DeGarmo, every week as he discusses foster care and foster parenting issues with guest speakers and families across the country.  This 30-minute program will be sure to leave you feeling more educated, valued, and...

CedarWorks’ Winners Announcement 9/14/15

The final days of waiting are upon us!  CedarWorks "Play It Forward" annual campaign will be announcing it's 2015 winners on September 14, 2015.  This NFPA members only contest awards a free customized CedarWorks play set to several lucky families!  Winners are chosen...

Adoption Resolution Approved by NFPA Members

National Foster Parent Association members have agreed with our board's proposal and have voted YES to allowing access to original birth certificates and information to adult adoptees. For those members who took the time to vote on this important resolution, we...

Scholarship Committee Members Needed!

  It's that time of year again and we need you for the Scholarship Committee.  Every year this committee is responsible for determining the National Foster Parent Association scholarship recipients.  Scholarships are awarded to chosen high school senior foster,...

Actress Mary Beth Evans Partners with NFPA

Many of you don't know that Mary Beth Evans, better known to many of you as Kayla Brady on the daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives, is a CASA volunteer.  This wife, mother, actress, and child advocate is partnering with The National Foster Parent Association to...

Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the workplace giving program of the federal government of the United States.  According to its website, the mission of the CFC "is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient,...

Items for Congressional Action

According to the Child Welfare League of America, once Congress gets beyond appropriations this month they have a number of other areas that either must be addressed or could receive action.  The following areas impact the child welfare and foster care field...

Foster Care Legislation To Be Reviewed

With Congress likely to be discussing appropriations into December there is time for a number of issues and in some cases Congress will have to act. One possibility that was mentioned in early August by Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is a mark-up of...

Lost Childhoods Exhibition in San Fran

Foster Youth Museum Presents Lost Childhoods Exhibition at Grace Cathedral October 15 – November 1, 2015  Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco Open Daily, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Foster Youth Museum presents its groundbreaking exhibit about youth...

CedarWorks Update!

The winners of the 2015 CedarWorks' Play It Forward contest have been chosen!  Five lucky foster families are in the process of being contacted this week with this wonderfully generous news.  Keep following us for the latest on who has won!!!

Committee Members Needed!

Each committee within the National Foster Parent Association needs more volunteer committee members.  There is a place within NFPA for everyone willing to serve.  No matter your skill level, no matter your education or experience, there is a committee where you will...

NFPA Supports Children’s Bill of Rights Resolution

Currently, the United States does not have a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of the child. As a result, the essential needs of thousands of children are not met, and standards relating to the health, safety, and well-being of children are applied...

National Adoption Month

Approximately 30 percent of the United States foster care population comprises youth ages 13 to 18 years old and, last year, 23,000 youth aged out of care without any legal tie to a family. Through adoption, youth experience a sense of stability, as well as receive...

How Much Information Should you Share?

The following article is writing by "Confessions of an Adoptive Parent:" Whether you’re an adoptive, foster, or special needs family, there’s a tricky balance between inviting people into your story and keeping private information, private. The best place to begin?...

Giving Tuesday

We need your support! Support children in foster care and adoption by supporting the families that provide safe, nurturing care for them when they can no longer live safely with their parents.  These selfless families make a real difference in the lives of over...

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question How do you determine whether the risks outweigh the benefits when putting a child on meds? The thought of intentionally causing my child to experience something unpleasant really makes me angry just so they can be "controlled" at school. Answer The decision...

Free Webinar

As part of the 2015 initiative, the Children's Bureau, in collaboration with Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids, hosted a free, interactive webinar that focused on older youth adoption. This webinar highlights the adoption story of Mary Lee Esq., who...

Connection BEFORE Correction

From Bluewater Family Support Services, support for foster families: Bluewater is back with a friendly tip we think will make your role as a parent easier and less distressing: connect with you child before attempting to correct your child. Children need to know...

Holiday Shopping with Amazon Smile

As you begin your holiday shopping, please don't forget that Amazon.com has partnered with the National Foster Parent Association to give back a portion of sells purchased on Amazon Smile when the charity choice is NFPA.  This is a simple, easy, and fast way to give...

Hotels Cheap Scholarship Award

  The National Foster Parent Association is please to announce this fantastic news for your high school senior. The Hotelscheap.org Spring 2016 General Scholarship Award opportunity is now available and accepting student application through April 15, 2016 with a...

Casey Family Webinar Series

Five-part webinar series: Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act For more than a decade, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative has been partnering with communities across the nation to help improve outcomes for young people transitioning from foster care to...

CedarWorks Announces Winners!!!

The 2015 CedarWorks Play It Forward contest winners have been announced!  A total of five families were selected by CedarWorks to win a customized CedarWorks play set for their homes!  The following winners are: 1. Karen and Sean Mowad Bristol, CT 2. Janell McNally...

Consider NFPA for your end of year giving

Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders.  Children and youth who cannot live with their birth parents deserve well trained, safe, nurturing, loving, understanding and supported families that can welcome them to join their family for as long as they need care.  Foster,...

Ask Dr. Holmes : Why are my kids taking medications?

Question The doctor we use doesn't explain anything to us when we go to our medication appointments.  I don't fully understand why my kids are taking the medications they take and how long they need to take them for. Answer This is a very important issue. As the...

Mid Year Meetings in November

The National Foster Parent Association Board of Director and Council of State Affiliates will be meeting November 9-11, 2015 at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  These meetings are open to all members of NFPA.  Please plan to join us and hear all...

2016 Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipients Anounced

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Horatio Alger National Scholarship recipients have been selected!  Please click the following link for the list of scholarship recipients: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/2016-scholarship-recipients/ What it...

Foster Parent Training Videos

Video premiere at the NFPA/NKC 2016 National convention! “Get Results With Better Conversations” video series from Successful Survivors Foundation, Inc. tackles the difficult conversations needed to establish meaningful connections with kids in foster care –...

Foster Talk with Dr. John – Mondays at 7 EST

Don't forget to join Dr. John DeGarmo and the National Foster Parent Association, every Monday evening at 7:00 pm EST, for Foster Talk with Dr. John.  Dr. John DeGarmo, renowned expert in foster care, shares his expertise and insight with families across the United...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Communicating with your Doctor

Question What can I do to improve communication with my medication provider? Answer There are several strategies that foster parents can utilize to help improve communication: 1. Make sure your provider understands your needs and requirements concerning the need to...

Policy Change that Benefits Foster Parents

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has announced a new policy regarding the ability of foster parents to access the social security numbers of children placed in their homes for tax purposes. This policy resolves a long-standing problem...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Strattera

Question Is there any new information on Strattera? Is it a good medicine to use for ADHD? Answer There is no recent news related to the use of Strattera, which has been on the market for several years as an alternative treatment for ADHD. It is potentially a helpful...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Obamacare’s Impact on Your Foster Child

Question Is Obamacare going to impact the insurance for my foster children?  Answer The short answer is “No,” not at this time, and likely not in the future. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” was put in place to provide insurance coverage for...

Horatio Alger Scholarships Open In ID, LA, MO

The scholarship application is now open for students in Idaho, Louisiana, and Montana until April 15, 2016. Please encourage high school seniors graduating in the spring 2016 to apply for this scholarship opportunity at application.horatioalger.org Award Amounts:...

Article: “I Have a Brand New Six Year Old” 

  Every year, on their birthdays, I send an email to the person in the placement who called me for my kiddos.  Today is Warren's birthday. Here is the letter I sent to Steve. Dear Steve, I woke up this morning to a brand new six year old! Can you believe it’s...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Can ADHD Meds Cause Weak Bones?

Question: I have heard something about medications for ADHD causing weak bones. Should we be concerned about this information?  Answer: The stimulant medicines, which are the medicines most commonly used to treat ADHD, have been studied for a long time due to concerns...

Ask Dr. Holmes: What is Prazosin?

Question: What is Prazosin and why would my child take it?  Answer: Prazosin is a medicine that was originally developed to be used for high blood pressure (hypertension), and it has been on the market for many years. In terms of its action, Prazosin is similar to the...

Virtual Walk Me Home May 21st

Join the National Foster Parent Association in celebration of National Foster Care month by taking part in Walk Me Home ……to the place I belong. There are many walks taking place across the US and we ask that you support the ones in your area. For those not near a...

Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” focuses on Adoption

  CWLA is excited to announce that Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning animated series “Doc McStuffins” will feature an adoption storyline beginning FRIDAY, MARCH 4 (8:00-8:30 a.m. EST) on Disney Channel. The multi-episode story arc will showcase the McStuffins...

Join Us in Las Vegas!!!

This year, the 2016 National Foster Parent Association and National Kinship Alliance for Children Annual Convention will be held in sunny Las Vegas, NV at the Flamingo Hotel, June 22-25, 2016. Attendees will enjoy 19 hours of training and fun, over three days....

Support NFPA and make Dad happy 🙂

Why not make Dad smile with a cool techno-gift and support NFPA without any effort. Use this link to make the National Foster Parent Association your charity of choice for your Amazon purchases.  Then every time you visit Amazon, start at http://smile.amazon.com....

Better Together: Collaboration Success!

Thanks to the hundreds of foster, kinship and adoptive parents, as well as the many child welfare professionals that attended the National Foster Parent Assoc and National Kinship Alliance  2016  Convention in Las Vegas. The workshops were educational and the plenary...

Is your foster care “Village” on the same page as you?

Reprint Article for Fostering Families Today-Advocating for your Child Issue for Oct/Nov 2015 Denise Rice, LCSW, LAC DeniseRice@Hotmail.com Is your foster care “Village” on the same page as you? Part of advocating for all children in foster care is to make sure that...

June Focuses on Reunification

June is National Reunification Month.  One  way to participate in the month is to nominate a Reunification Hero. The American Bar Association  interviews parents and professionals that are nominated, writes up their story and publicizes it through the Parent Attorney...

Supporting NFPA With Mother’s Day Gifts!

As you prepare for Mother's Day on May 8, 2016, remember that you can support the National Foster Parent Association with any Amazon Smile purchase, when you chose NFPA as your donation recipient.  Thank you for your continued support and may each of you have a...

Virtual Walk Me Home – May 21st

Join the National Foster Parent Association in celebration of National Foster Care month by taking part in Walk Me Home…to the place I belong. There are many walks taking place across the US and we ask that you support the ones in your area. For those not near a Walk...

THE JOURNEY…a Guide and Journal for Foster Caregivers

NFPA is proud to present our newest publication to benefit foster caregivers and the children they so diligently serve.  THE JOURNEY is designed to complement the paperwork already required by child protection programs.  We know that a mini-step for one child may be a...

The Beauty and Brokenness of Foster Care – Jason Johnson

It was a Wednesday. We received our first call from our foster care agency at 3:30 in the afternoon - a newborn baby girl had been taken into custody by Child Protective Services at the hospital and was in need of placement. "Are you interested?", they asked. Of...

Congratulations to the Helen Stone Scholarship Recipients

The recipients of the Helen Stone Scholarships are Lauri Desir of North Dakota and Sara Viar of Ohio.  The Helen Stone Scholarship assists foster, adoptive and kinship parents who are members of NFPA attend the annual NFPA conference.  This year's conference will be...

The Amazing You

http://www.amazon.com/The-Amazing-Leyla-Hekmatdoost-Perkins/dp/1320454666 The Amazing You By Leyla Hekmatdoost Perkins Blurb Publishing, 2015, ISBN 978-1320454667, 24 pages, $14.99 Reviewed by- Denise Rice, LCSW, LAC (DeniseRice@Hotmail.com) Leyla Perkins debut book...

A REVIEW OF TECHNIQUES IN MANAGING DEPRESSION

A REVIEW OF TECHNIQUES IN MANAGING DEPRESSION By Stanley Popovich Some people have a difficult time in managing their depression. Sometimes, their depression and fears can get the best of them. As a result, here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to...

Mindfulness for Carers

Mindfulness For Carers How to Manage the Demands of Caregiving while Finding a place for Yourself • AUTHOR: CHERYL REZEK • PUBLISHER: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS • PUBLISHED: MAY 2015 • ISBN-10: 1849056544 • ISBN-13: 9781849056540 • FORMAT: PAPERBACK Ebook 2015, ePUB,...

Support NFPA this holiday season with AmazonSmile

The holidays are approaching and you will be busy shopping for gifts, decorations, and more. NFPA would like to remind you to shop at smile.amazon.com highlighting the National Foster Parent Association, Inc. as your charity of choice so that  we can increase our...

Sexual Behaviors in Children

Sexual behaviors in children range from normal and developmentally appropriate to abusive and violent. While earlier studies 1,2 have suggested a strong correlation between sexual abuse and sexual behavior problems in children, more recent studies 3,4 have broadened...

Heart of a Foster Mother

You might not be able to tell what this is on this cool crisp fall morning at 7:15am. I would like to know how many days and how many of these big yellow buses I have watched come down the road. How many different kiddo's have stood by my side ready for a new day and...

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students   NFPA proudly announces that it will be awarding a scholarship to a student who is continuing their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. The scholarship application period will...

How To Find A Good Mental Health Counselor

How To Find A Good Mental Health Counselor By: Stan Popovich Many people have a difficult time in finding an effective mental health counselor. Just like everything in life, you have your good counselors and you have your not so great counselors. The key is to find...

Managing Your Persistent Fears, Anxieties, and Stress

By: Stanley Popovich Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however, some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and everyday anxieties. When...

When Someone You Know Struggles with Fear, Anxiety and Stress

By: Stanley Popovich What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and...

NFPA Youth Scholarships for Students

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students   NFPA proudly announces that it will be awarding a scholarship to a student who is continuing their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. In addition to providing scholarships for...

We Achieved the Silver Seal at Guide Star!

The National Foster Parent Association was recently recognized for our transparency with a Silver Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile! GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a...

2018 Annual Education Conference

The National Foster Parent Association and Florida State Foster Adoptive Parent Association are proud to announce that they will be combining forces in Orlando in 2018! The conference for foster parents will be at the Caribe Royal Orlando, June 28 - July 1, 2018. Stay...

BOD Meeting Notes for 2020

Click the date to see the file for that month’s meeting.

Journey to Success – NFPA/CoSA Fall Meeting

Our Fall meeting was held October 26-28, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency, Reston, Virginia This very successful meeting provided an opportunity for 20 of NFPA’s Council of State Affiliates (CoSA) members to meet with 12 Congressional leaders and staffers and participate in...

NFPATI

NFPAti - FREE, online courses, for child and youth caregivers, provided by Centene Corporation. Available 24/7. Training certificate provided upon completion of each course. Click here to check it out!

Voice for Adoption

Voice for Adoption advocates for the 117,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. NFPA Executive Director, Arnie Eby has joined their Board as a Lived Experience Voice of Foster Parents.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov 11 – 18, 2023

Volunteer. Donate. Educate. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational,...

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question: How long will children need to take medication? I hate the thought of my children being on medication until they are well into their adult years, but if they are taking it due to a chemical imbalance then won't they always have a chemical imbalance? ...

Vote on proposed resolution

All NFPA members will soon be receiving an electronic ballot asking for an affirmative vote on a new resolution presented to the NFPA Board of Directors on Aug. 3. This resolution regarding allowing access to original birth certificates and information to adult...

Shop with Amazon Smile to support NFPA

With back-to-school shopping this month, giving back to NFPA is easier than ever! Just select us as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile and shop away!  The foster families and foster children we serve across America thank you!!!

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question: I'm confused as to why my kid was put on a "stimulant" for being hyper. That makes no sense to me. Answer: Thanks for asking this question – people often wonder about this. The current understanding of ADHD is that the primary difficulties have to do with...

Join NFPA Today!

As the National Professional Trade Organization of Foster Families, the National Foster Parent Association is focused on advocating and serving front line foster parents across the United States who provide homes for abused and neglected children. Many of you are...

The New & Improved NFPA Informer

The biweekly electronic newsletter of the National Foster Parent Association, The NFPA Informer, has taken on a new look and feel as of September 2015.  NFPA has partnered with paper.li to create our new interactive and very informative web-based newsletter, focused...

Foster Talk with Dr. John DeGarmo

Join renowned foster parenting expert, Dr. John DeGarmo, every week as he discusses foster care and foster parenting issues with guest speakers and families across the country.  This 30-minute program will be sure to leave you feeling more educated, valued, and...

CedarWorks’ Winners Announcement 9/14/15

The final days of waiting are upon us!  CedarWorks "Play It Forward" annual campaign will be announcing it's 2015 winners on September 14, 2015.  This NFPA members only contest awards a free customized CedarWorks play set to several lucky families!  Winners are chosen...

Adoption Resolution Approved by NFPA Members

National Foster Parent Association members have agreed with our board's proposal and have voted YES to allowing access to original birth certificates and information to adult adoptees. For those members who took the time to vote on this important resolution, we...

Scholarship Committee Members Needed!

  It's that time of year again and we need you for the Scholarship Committee.  Every year this committee is responsible for determining the National Foster Parent Association scholarship recipients.  Scholarships are awarded to chosen high school senior foster,...

Actress Mary Beth Evans Partners with NFPA

Many of you don't know that Mary Beth Evans, better known to many of you as Kayla Brady on the daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives, is a CASA volunteer.  This wife, mother, actress, and child advocate is partnering with The National Foster Parent Association to...

Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the workplace giving program of the federal government of the United States.  According to its website, the mission of the CFC "is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient,...

Items for Congressional Action

According to the Child Welfare League of America, once Congress gets beyond appropriations this month they have a number of other areas that either must be addressed or could receive action.  The following areas impact the child welfare and foster care field...

Foster Care Legislation To Be Reviewed

With Congress likely to be discussing appropriations into December there is time for a number of issues and in some cases Congress will have to act. One possibility that was mentioned in early August by Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is a mark-up of...

Lost Childhoods Exhibition in San Fran

Foster Youth Museum Presents Lost Childhoods Exhibition at Grace Cathedral October 15 – November 1, 2015  Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco Open Daily, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Foster Youth Museum presents its groundbreaking exhibit about youth...

CedarWorks Update!

The winners of the 2015 CedarWorks' Play It Forward contest have been chosen!  Five lucky foster families are in the process of being contacted this week with this wonderfully generous news.  Keep following us for the latest on who has won!!!

Committee Members Needed!

Each committee within the National Foster Parent Association needs more volunteer committee members.  There is a place within NFPA for everyone willing to serve.  No matter your skill level, no matter your education or experience, there is a committee where you will...

NFPA Supports Children’s Bill of Rights Resolution

Currently, the United States does not have a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of the child. As a result, the essential needs of thousands of children are not met, and standards relating to the health, safety, and well-being of children are applied...

National Adoption Month

Approximately 30 percent of the United States foster care population comprises youth ages 13 to 18 years old and, last year, 23,000 youth aged out of care without any legal tie to a family. Through adoption, youth experience a sense of stability, as well as receive...

How Much Information Should you Share?

The following article is writing by "Confessions of an Adoptive Parent:" Whether you’re an adoptive, foster, or special needs family, there’s a tricky balance between inviting people into your story and keeping private information, private. The best place to begin?...

Giving Tuesday

We need your support! Support children in foster care and adoption by supporting the families that provide safe, nurturing care for them when they can no longer live safely with their parents.  These selfless families make a real difference in the lives of over...

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question How do you determine whether the risks outweigh the benefits when putting a child on meds? The thought of intentionally causing my child to experience something unpleasant really makes me angry just so they can be "controlled" at school. Answer The decision...

Free Webinar

As part of the 2015 initiative, the Children's Bureau, in collaboration with Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids, hosted a free, interactive webinar that focused on older youth adoption. This webinar highlights the adoption story of Mary Lee Esq., who...

Connection BEFORE Correction

From Bluewater Family Support Services, support for foster families: Bluewater is back with a friendly tip we think will make your role as a parent easier and less distressing: connect with you child before attempting to correct your child. Children need to know...

Holiday Shopping with Amazon Smile

As you begin your holiday shopping, please don't forget that Amazon.com has partnered with the National Foster Parent Association to give back a portion of sells purchased on Amazon Smile when the charity choice is NFPA.  This is a simple, easy, and fast way to give...

Hotels Cheap Scholarship Award

  The National Foster Parent Association is please to announce this fantastic news for your high school senior. The Hotelscheap.org Spring 2016 General Scholarship Award opportunity is now available and accepting student application through April 15, 2016 with a...

Casey Family Webinar Series

Five-part webinar series: Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act For more than a decade, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative has been partnering with communities across the nation to help improve outcomes for young people transitioning from foster care to...

CedarWorks Announces Winners!!!

The 2015 CedarWorks Play It Forward contest winners have been announced!  A total of five families were selected by CedarWorks to win a customized CedarWorks play set for their homes!  The following winners are: 1. Karen and Sean Mowad Bristol, CT 2. Janell McNally...

Consider NFPA for your end of year giving

Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders.  Children and youth who cannot live with their birth parents deserve well trained, safe, nurturing, loving, understanding and supported families that can welcome them to join their family for as long as they need care.  Foster,...

Ask Dr. Holmes : Why are my kids taking medications?

Question The doctor we use doesn't explain anything to us when we go to our medication appointments.  I don't fully understand why my kids are taking the medications they take and how long they need to take them for. Answer This is a very important issue. As the...

Mid Year Meetings in November

The National Foster Parent Association Board of Director and Council of State Affiliates will be meeting November 9-11, 2015 at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  These meetings are open to all members of NFPA.  Please plan to join us and hear all...

2016 Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipients Anounced

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Horatio Alger National Scholarship recipients have been selected!  Please click the following link for the list of scholarship recipients: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/2016-scholarship-recipients/ What it...

Foster Parent Training Videos

Video premiere at the NFPA/NKC 2016 National convention! “Get Results With Better Conversations” video series from Successful Survivors Foundation, Inc. tackles the difficult conversations needed to establish meaningful connections with kids in foster care –...

Foster Talk with Dr. John – Mondays at 7 EST

Don't forget to join Dr. John DeGarmo and the National Foster Parent Association, every Monday evening at 7:00 pm EST, for Foster Talk with Dr. John.  Dr. John DeGarmo, renowned expert in foster care, shares his expertise and insight with families across the United...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Communicating with your Doctor

Question What can I do to improve communication with my medication provider? Answer There are several strategies that foster parents can utilize to help improve communication: 1. Make sure your provider understands your needs and requirements concerning the need to...

Policy Change that Benefits Foster Parents

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has announced a new policy regarding the ability of foster parents to access the social security numbers of children placed in their homes for tax purposes. This policy resolves a long-standing problem...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Strattera

Question Is there any new information on Strattera? Is it a good medicine to use for ADHD? Answer There is no recent news related to the use of Strattera, which has been on the market for several years as an alternative treatment for ADHD. It is potentially a helpful...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Obamacare’s Impact on Your Foster Child

Question Is Obamacare going to impact the insurance for my foster children?  Answer The short answer is “No,” not at this time, and likely not in the future. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” was put in place to provide insurance coverage for...

Horatio Alger Scholarships Open In ID, LA, MO

The scholarship application is now open for students in Idaho, Louisiana, and Montana until April 15, 2016. Please encourage high school seniors graduating in the spring 2016 to apply for this scholarship opportunity at application.horatioalger.org Award Amounts:...

Article: “I Have a Brand New Six Year Old” 

  Every year, on their birthdays, I send an email to the person in the placement who called me for my kiddos.  Today is Warren's birthday. Here is the letter I sent to Steve. Dear Steve, I woke up this morning to a brand new six year old! Can you believe it’s...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Can ADHD Meds Cause Weak Bones?

Question: I have heard something about medications for ADHD causing weak bones. Should we be concerned about this information?  Answer: The stimulant medicines, which are the medicines most commonly used to treat ADHD, have been studied for a long time due to concerns...

Ask Dr. Holmes: What is Prazosin?

Question: What is Prazosin and why would my child take it?  Answer: Prazosin is a medicine that was originally developed to be used for high blood pressure (hypertension), and it has been on the market for many years. In terms of its action, Prazosin is similar to the...

Virtual Walk Me Home May 21st

Join the National Foster Parent Association in celebration of National Foster Care month by taking part in Walk Me Home ……to the place I belong. There are many walks taking place across the US and we ask that you support the ones in your area. For those not near a...

Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” focuses on Adoption

  CWLA is excited to announce that Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning animated series “Doc McStuffins” will feature an adoption storyline beginning FRIDAY, MARCH 4 (8:00-8:30 a.m. EST) on Disney Channel. The multi-episode story arc will showcase the McStuffins...

Join Us in Las Vegas!!!

This year, the 2016 National Foster Parent Association and National Kinship Alliance for Children Annual Convention will be held in sunny Las Vegas, NV at the Flamingo Hotel, June 22-25, 2016. Attendees will enjoy 19 hours of training and fun, over three days....

Support NFPA and make Dad happy 🙂

Why not make Dad smile with a cool techno-gift and support NFPA without any effort. Use this link to make the National Foster Parent Association your charity of choice for your Amazon purchases.  Then every time you visit Amazon, start at http://smile.amazon.com....

Better Together: Collaboration Success!

Thanks to the hundreds of foster, kinship and adoptive parents, as well as the many child welfare professionals that attended the National Foster Parent Assoc and National Kinship Alliance  2016  Convention in Las Vegas. The workshops were educational and the plenary...

Is your foster care “Village” on the same page as you?

Reprint Article for Fostering Families Today-Advocating for your Child Issue for Oct/Nov 2015 Denise Rice, LCSW, LAC DeniseRice@Hotmail.com Is your foster care “Village” on the same page as you? Part of advocating for all children in foster care is to make sure that...

June Focuses on Reunification

June is National Reunification Month.  One  way to participate in the month is to nominate a Reunification Hero. The American Bar Association  interviews parents and professionals that are nominated, writes up their story and publicizes it through the Parent Attorney...

Supporting NFPA With Mother’s Day Gifts!

As you prepare for Mother's Day on May 8, 2016, remember that you can support the National Foster Parent Association with any Amazon Smile purchase, when you chose NFPA as your donation recipient.  Thank you for your continued support and may each of you have a...

Virtual Walk Me Home – May 21st

Join the National Foster Parent Association in celebration of National Foster Care month by taking part in Walk Me Home…to the place I belong. There are many walks taking place across the US and we ask that you support the ones in your area. For those not near a Walk...

THE JOURNEY…a Guide and Journal for Foster Caregivers

NFPA is proud to present our newest publication to benefit foster caregivers and the children they so diligently serve.  THE JOURNEY is designed to complement the paperwork already required by child protection programs.  We know that a mini-step for one child may be a...

The Beauty and Brokenness of Foster Care – Jason Johnson

It was a Wednesday. We received our first call from our foster care agency at 3:30 in the afternoon - a newborn baby girl had been taken into custody by Child Protective Services at the hospital and was in need of placement. "Are you interested?", they asked. Of...

Congratulations to the Helen Stone Scholarship Recipients

The recipients of the Helen Stone Scholarships are Lauri Desir of North Dakota and Sara Viar of Ohio.  The Helen Stone Scholarship assists foster, adoptive and kinship parents who are members of NFPA attend the annual NFPA conference.  This year's conference will be...

The Amazing You

http://www.amazon.com/The-Amazing-Leyla-Hekmatdoost-Perkins/dp/1320454666 The Amazing You By Leyla Hekmatdoost Perkins Blurb Publishing, 2015, ISBN 978-1320454667, 24 pages, $14.99 Reviewed by- Denise Rice, LCSW, LAC (DeniseRice@Hotmail.com) Leyla Perkins debut book...

A REVIEW OF TECHNIQUES IN MANAGING DEPRESSION

A REVIEW OF TECHNIQUES IN MANAGING DEPRESSION By Stanley Popovich Some people have a difficult time in managing their depression. Sometimes, their depression and fears can get the best of them. As a result, here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to...

Mindfulness for Carers

Mindfulness For Carers How to Manage the Demands of Caregiving while Finding a place for Yourself • AUTHOR: CHERYL REZEK • PUBLISHER: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS • PUBLISHED: MAY 2015 • ISBN-10: 1849056544 • ISBN-13: 9781849056540 • FORMAT: PAPERBACK Ebook 2015, ePUB,...

Support NFPA this holiday season with AmazonSmile

The holidays are approaching and you will be busy shopping for gifts, decorations, and more. NFPA would like to remind you to shop at smile.amazon.com highlighting the National Foster Parent Association, Inc. as your charity of choice so that  we can increase our...

Sexual Behaviors in Children

Sexual behaviors in children range from normal and developmentally appropriate to abusive and violent. While earlier studies 1,2 have suggested a strong correlation between sexual abuse and sexual behavior problems in children, more recent studies 3,4 have broadened...

Heart of a Foster Mother

You might not be able to tell what this is on this cool crisp fall morning at 7:15am. I would like to know how many days and how many of these big yellow buses I have watched come down the road. How many different kiddo's have stood by my side ready for a new day and...

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students   NFPA proudly announces that it will be awarding a scholarship to a student who is continuing their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. The scholarship application period will...

How To Find A Good Mental Health Counselor

How To Find A Good Mental Health Counselor By: Stan Popovich Many people have a difficult time in finding an effective mental health counselor. Just like everything in life, you have your good counselors and you have your not so great counselors. The key is to find...

Managing Your Persistent Fears, Anxieties, and Stress

By: Stanley Popovich Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however, some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and everyday anxieties. When...

When Someone You Know Struggles with Fear, Anxiety and Stress

By: Stanley Popovich What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and...

NFPA Youth Scholarships for Students

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students   NFPA proudly announces that it will be awarding a scholarship to a student who is continuing their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. In addition to providing scholarships for...

We Achieved the Silver Seal at Guide Star!

The National Foster Parent Association was recently recognized for our transparency with a Silver Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile! GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a...

2018 Annual Education Conference

The National Foster Parent Association and Florida State Foster Adoptive Parent Association are proud to announce that they will be combining forces in Orlando in 2018! The conference for foster parents will be at the Caribe Royal Orlando, June 28 - July 1, 2018. Stay...

BOD Meeting Notes for 2019

Click the date to see the file for that month’s meeting.

Journey to Success – NFPA/CoSA Fall Meeting

Our Fall meeting was held October 26-28, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency, Reston, Virginia This very successful meeting provided an opportunity for 20 of NFPA’s Council of State Affiliates (CoSA) members to meet with 12 Congressional leaders and staffers and participate in...

NFPATI

NFPAti - FREE, online courses, for child and youth caregivers, provided by Centene Corporation. Available 24/7. Training certificate provided upon completion of each course. Click here to check it out!

Voice for Adoption

Voice for Adoption advocates for the 117,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. NFPA Executive Director, Arnie Eby has joined their Board as a Lived Experience Voice of Foster Parents.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov 11 – 18, 2023

Volunteer. Donate. Educate. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational,...

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question: How long will children need to take medication? I hate the thought of my children being on medication until they are well into their adult years, but if they are taking it due to a chemical imbalance then won't they always have a chemical imbalance? ...

Vote on proposed resolution

All NFPA members will soon be receiving an electronic ballot asking for an affirmative vote on a new resolution presented to the NFPA Board of Directors on Aug. 3. This resolution regarding allowing access to original birth certificates and information to adult...

Shop with Amazon Smile to support NFPA

With back-to-school shopping this month, giving back to NFPA is easier than ever! Just select us as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile and shop away!  The foster families and foster children we serve across America thank you!!!

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question: I'm confused as to why my kid was put on a "stimulant" for being hyper. That makes no sense to me. Answer: Thanks for asking this question – people often wonder about this. The current understanding of ADHD is that the primary difficulties have to do with...

Join NFPA Today!

As the National Professional Trade Organization of Foster Families, the National Foster Parent Association is focused on advocating and serving front line foster parents across the United States who provide homes for abused and neglected children. Many of you are...

The New & Improved NFPA Informer

The biweekly electronic newsletter of the National Foster Parent Association, The NFPA Informer, has taken on a new look and feel as of September 2015.  NFPA has partnered with paper.li to create our new interactive and very informative web-based newsletter, focused...

Foster Talk with Dr. John DeGarmo

Join renowned foster parenting expert, Dr. John DeGarmo, every week as he discusses foster care and foster parenting issues with guest speakers and families across the country.  This 30-minute program will be sure to leave you feeling more educated, valued, and...

CedarWorks’ Winners Announcement 9/14/15

The final days of waiting are upon us!  CedarWorks "Play It Forward" annual campaign will be announcing it's 2015 winners on September 14, 2015.  This NFPA members only contest awards a free customized CedarWorks play set to several lucky families!  Winners are chosen...

Adoption Resolution Approved by NFPA Members

National Foster Parent Association members have agreed with our board's proposal and have voted YES to allowing access to original birth certificates and information to adult adoptees. For those members who took the time to vote on this important resolution, we...

Scholarship Committee Members Needed!

  It's that time of year again and we need you for the Scholarship Committee.  Every year this committee is responsible for determining the National Foster Parent Association scholarship recipients.  Scholarships are awarded to chosen high school senior foster,...

Actress Mary Beth Evans Partners with NFPA

Many of you don't know that Mary Beth Evans, better known to many of you as Kayla Brady on the daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives, is a CASA volunteer.  This wife, mother, actress, and child advocate is partnering with The National Foster Parent Association to...

Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the workplace giving program of the federal government of the United States.  According to its website, the mission of the CFC "is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient,...

Items for Congressional Action

According to the Child Welfare League of America, once Congress gets beyond appropriations this month they have a number of other areas that either must be addressed or could receive action.  The following areas impact the child welfare and foster care field...

Foster Care Legislation To Be Reviewed

With Congress likely to be discussing appropriations into December there is time for a number of issues and in some cases Congress will have to act. One possibility that was mentioned in early August by Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is a mark-up of...

Lost Childhoods Exhibition in San Fran

Foster Youth Museum Presents Lost Childhoods Exhibition at Grace Cathedral October 15 – November 1, 2015  Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco Open Daily, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Foster Youth Museum presents its groundbreaking exhibit about youth...

CedarWorks Update!

The winners of the 2015 CedarWorks' Play It Forward contest have been chosen!  Five lucky foster families are in the process of being contacted this week with this wonderfully generous news.  Keep following us for the latest on who has won!!!

Committee Members Needed!

Each committee within the National Foster Parent Association needs more volunteer committee members.  There is a place within NFPA for everyone willing to serve.  No matter your skill level, no matter your education or experience, there is a committee where you will...

NFPA Supports Children’s Bill of Rights Resolution

Currently, the United States does not have a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of the child. As a result, the essential needs of thousands of children are not met, and standards relating to the health, safety, and well-being of children are applied...

National Adoption Month

Approximately 30 percent of the United States foster care population comprises youth ages 13 to 18 years old and, last year, 23,000 youth aged out of care without any legal tie to a family. Through adoption, youth experience a sense of stability, as well as receive...

How Much Information Should you Share?

The following article is writing by "Confessions of an Adoptive Parent:" Whether you’re an adoptive, foster, or special needs family, there’s a tricky balance between inviting people into your story and keeping private information, private. The best place to begin?...

Giving Tuesday

We need your support! Support children in foster care and adoption by supporting the families that provide safe, nurturing care for them when they can no longer live safely with their parents.  These selfless families make a real difference in the lives of over...

Ask Dr. Holmes

Question How do you determine whether the risks outweigh the benefits when putting a child on meds? The thought of intentionally causing my child to experience something unpleasant really makes me angry just so they can be "controlled" at school. Answer The decision...

Free Webinar

As part of the 2015 initiative, the Children's Bureau, in collaboration with Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids, hosted a free, interactive webinar that focused on older youth adoption. This webinar highlights the adoption story of Mary Lee Esq., who...

Connection BEFORE Correction

From Bluewater Family Support Services, support for foster families: Bluewater is back with a friendly tip we think will make your role as a parent easier and less distressing: connect with you child before attempting to correct your child. Children need to know...

Holiday Shopping with Amazon Smile

As you begin your holiday shopping, please don't forget that Amazon.com has partnered with the National Foster Parent Association to give back a portion of sells purchased on Amazon Smile when the charity choice is NFPA.  This is a simple, easy, and fast way to give...

Hotels Cheap Scholarship Award

  The National Foster Parent Association is please to announce this fantastic news for your high school senior. The Hotelscheap.org Spring 2016 General Scholarship Award opportunity is now available and accepting student application through April 15, 2016 with a...

Casey Family Webinar Series

Five-part webinar series: Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act For more than a decade, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative has been partnering with communities across the nation to help improve outcomes for young people transitioning from foster care to...

CedarWorks Announces Winners!!!

The 2015 CedarWorks Play It Forward contest winners have been announced!  A total of five families were selected by CedarWorks to win a customized CedarWorks play set for their homes!  The following winners are: 1. Karen and Sean Mowad Bristol, CT 2. Janell McNally...

Consider NFPA for your end of year giving

Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders.  Children and youth who cannot live with their birth parents deserve well trained, safe, nurturing, loving, understanding and supported families that can welcome them to join their family for as long as they need care.  Foster,...

Ask Dr. Holmes : Why are my kids taking medications?

Question The doctor we use doesn't explain anything to us when we go to our medication appointments.  I don't fully understand why my kids are taking the medications they take and how long they need to take them for. Answer This is a very important issue. As the...

Mid Year Meetings in November

The National Foster Parent Association Board of Director and Council of State Affiliates will be meeting November 9-11, 2015 at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  These meetings are open to all members of NFPA.  Please plan to join us and hear all...

2016 Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipients Anounced

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Horatio Alger National Scholarship recipients have been selected!  Please click the following link for the list of scholarship recipients: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/2016-scholarship-recipients/ What it...

Foster Parent Training Videos

Video premiere at the NFPA/NKC 2016 National convention! “Get Results With Better Conversations” video series from Successful Survivors Foundation, Inc. tackles the difficult conversations needed to establish meaningful connections with kids in foster care –...

Foster Talk with Dr. John – Mondays at 7 EST

Don't forget to join Dr. John DeGarmo and the National Foster Parent Association, every Monday evening at 7:00 pm EST, for Foster Talk with Dr. John.  Dr. John DeGarmo, renowned expert in foster care, shares his expertise and insight with families across the United...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Communicating with your Doctor

Question What can I do to improve communication with my medication provider? Answer There are several strategies that foster parents can utilize to help improve communication: 1. Make sure your provider understands your needs and requirements concerning the need to...

Policy Change that Benefits Foster Parents

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has announced a new policy regarding the ability of foster parents to access the social security numbers of children placed in their homes for tax purposes. This policy resolves a long-standing problem...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Strattera

Question Is there any new information on Strattera? Is it a good medicine to use for ADHD? Answer There is no recent news related to the use of Strattera, which has been on the market for several years as an alternative treatment for ADHD. It is potentially a helpful...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Obamacare’s Impact on Your Foster Child

Question Is Obamacare going to impact the insurance for my foster children?  Answer The short answer is “No,” not at this time, and likely not in the future. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” was put in place to provide insurance coverage for...

Horatio Alger Scholarships Open In ID, LA, MO

The scholarship application is now open for students in Idaho, Louisiana, and Montana until April 15, 2016. Please encourage high school seniors graduating in the spring 2016 to apply for this scholarship opportunity at application.horatioalger.org Award Amounts:...

Article: “I Have a Brand New Six Year Old” 

  Every year, on their birthdays, I send an email to the person in the placement who called me for my kiddos.  Today is Warren's birthday. Here is the letter I sent to Steve. Dear Steve, I woke up this morning to a brand new six year old! Can you believe it’s...

Ask Dr. Holmes: Can ADHD Meds Cause Weak Bones?

Question: I have heard something about medications for ADHD causing weak bones. Should we be concerned about this information?  Answer: The stimulant medicines, which are the medicines most commonly used to treat ADHD, have been studied for a long time due to concerns...

Ask Dr. Holmes: What is Prazosin?

Question: What is Prazosin and why would my child take it?  Answer: Prazosin is a medicine that was originally developed to be used for high blood pressure (hypertension), and it has been on the market for many years. In terms of its action, Prazosin is similar to the...

Virtual Walk Me Home May 21st

Join the National Foster Parent Association in celebration of National Foster Care month by taking part in Walk Me Home ……to the place I belong. There are many walks taking place across the US and we ask that you support the ones in your area. For those not near a...

Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” focuses on Adoption

  CWLA is excited to announce that Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning animated series “Doc McStuffins” will feature an adoption storyline beginning FRIDAY, MARCH 4 (8:00-8:30 a.m. EST) on Disney Channel. The multi-episode story arc will showcase the McStuffins...

Join Us in Las Vegas!!!

This year, the 2016 National Foster Parent Association and National Kinship Alliance for Children Annual Convention will be held in sunny Las Vegas, NV at the Flamingo Hotel, June 22-25, 2016. Attendees will enjoy 19 hours of training and fun, over three days....

Support NFPA and make Dad happy 🙂

Why not make Dad smile with a cool techno-gift and support NFPA without any effort. Use this link to make the National Foster Parent Association your charity of choice for your Amazon purchases.  Then every time you visit Amazon, start at http://smile.amazon.com....

Better Together: Collaboration Success!

Thanks to the hundreds of foster, kinship and adoptive parents, as well as the many child welfare professionals that attended the National Foster Parent Assoc and National Kinship Alliance  2016  Convention in Las Vegas. The workshops were educational and the plenary...

Is your foster care “Village” on the same page as you?

Reprint Article for Fostering Families Today-Advocating for your Child Issue for Oct/Nov 2015 Denise Rice, LCSW, LAC DeniseRice@Hotmail.com Is your foster care “Village” on the same page as you? Part of advocating for all children in foster care is to make sure that...

June Focuses on Reunification

June is National Reunification Month.  One  way to participate in the month is to nominate a Reunification Hero. The American Bar Association  interviews parents and professionals that are nominated, writes up their story and publicizes it through the Parent Attorney...

Supporting NFPA With Mother’s Day Gifts!

As you prepare for Mother's Day on May 8, 2016, remember that you can support the National Foster Parent Association with any Amazon Smile purchase, when you chose NFPA as your donation recipient.  Thank you for your continued support and may each of you have a...

Virtual Walk Me Home – May 21st

Join the National Foster Parent Association in celebration of National Foster Care month by taking part in Walk Me Home…to the place I belong. There are many walks taking place across the US and we ask that you support the ones in your area. For those not near a Walk...

THE JOURNEY…a Guide and Journal for Foster Caregivers

NFPA is proud to present our newest publication to benefit foster caregivers and the children they so diligently serve.  THE JOURNEY is designed to complement the paperwork already required by child protection programs.  We know that a mini-step for one child may be a...

The Beauty and Brokenness of Foster Care – Jason Johnson

It was a Wednesday. We received our first call from our foster care agency at 3:30 in the afternoon - a newborn baby girl had been taken into custody by Child Protective Services at the hospital and was in need of placement. "Are you interested?", they asked. Of...

Congratulations to the Helen Stone Scholarship Recipients

The recipients of the Helen Stone Scholarships are Lauri Desir of North Dakota and Sara Viar of Ohio.  The Helen Stone Scholarship assists foster, adoptive and kinship parents who are members of NFPA attend the annual NFPA conference.  This year's conference will be...

The Amazing You

http://www.amazon.com/The-Amazing-Leyla-Hekmatdoost-Perkins/dp/1320454666 The Amazing You By Leyla Hekmatdoost Perkins Blurb Publishing, 2015, ISBN 978-1320454667, 24 pages, $14.99 Reviewed by- Denise Rice, LCSW, LAC (DeniseRice@Hotmail.com) Leyla Perkins debut book...

A REVIEW OF TECHNIQUES IN MANAGING DEPRESSION

A REVIEW OF TECHNIQUES IN MANAGING DEPRESSION By Stanley Popovich Some people have a difficult time in managing their depression. Sometimes, their depression and fears can get the best of them. As a result, here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to...

Mindfulness for Carers

Mindfulness For Carers How to Manage the Demands of Caregiving while Finding a place for Yourself • AUTHOR: CHERYL REZEK • PUBLISHER: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS • PUBLISHED: MAY 2015 • ISBN-10: 1849056544 • ISBN-13: 9781849056540 • FORMAT: PAPERBACK Ebook 2015, ePUB,...

Support NFPA this holiday season with AmazonSmile

The holidays are approaching and you will be busy shopping for gifts, decorations, and more. NFPA would like to remind you to shop at smile.amazon.com highlighting the National Foster Parent Association, Inc. as your charity of choice so that  we can increase our...

Sexual Behaviors in Children

Sexual behaviors in children range from normal and developmentally appropriate to abusive and violent. While earlier studies 1,2 have suggested a strong correlation between sexual abuse and sexual behavior problems in children, more recent studies 3,4 have broadened...

Heart of a Foster Mother

You might not be able to tell what this is on this cool crisp fall morning at 7:15am. I would like to know how many days and how many of these big yellow buses I have watched come down the road. How many different kiddo's have stood by my side ready for a new day and...

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students   NFPA proudly announces that it will be awarding a scholarship to a student who is continuing their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. The scholarship application period will...

How To Find A Good Mental Health Counselor

How To Find A Good Mental Health Counselor By: Stan Popovich Many people have a difficult time in finding an effective mental health counselor. Just like everything in life, you have your good counselors and you have your not so great counselors. The key is to find...

Managing Your Persistent Fears, Anxieties, and Stress

By: Stanley Popovich Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however, some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and everyday anxieties. When...

When Someone You Know Struggles with Fear, Anxiety and Stress

By: Stanley Popovich What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and...

NFPA Youth Scholarships for Students

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students   NFPA proudly announces that it will be awarding a scholarship to a student who is continuing their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. In addition to providing scholarships for...

We Achieved the Silver Seal at Guide Star!

The National Foster Parent Association was recently recognized for our transparency with a Silver Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile! GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a...

2018 Annual Education Conference

The National Foster Parent Association and Florida State Foster Adoptive Parent Association are proud to announce that they will be combining forces in Orlando in 2018! The conference for foster parents will be at the Caribe Royal Orlando, June 28 - July 1, 2018. Stay...

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