FOSTER CARE COALITION OF GREATER ST LOUIS INC
Rating: 4.91 stars 74 74 reviews 1,543
Issues: Children & Youth, Education
Location: 1750 S. Brentwood Blvd. Suite 210 Saint Louis MO 63144 USA
Results: Learn about our groundbreaking work: http://www.foster-adopt.org/about-us/reports-financials/ Awards & Recognition: http://www.foster-adopt.org/about-us/awards-recognition/
Target demographics: create permanency in every foster child’s life by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive children and families
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,801 children and families in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, and touched the lives of 12,347 foster and adoptive families
Geographic areas served: the St. Louis Metropolitan community
Programs: Recruitment Programs like 30 Days to Family™, A Place To Call Home, Extreme Recruitment®, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, Child In Need; and support services like educational advocacy, 24/7 crisis Intervention, support groups, trainings, resources for clothing for foster and adoptive youth ([RE]FRESH and the KidStore), newsletters, financial education for youth, and more!
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I started as a donor through the Little Wishes program and became a volunteer because I whole-heartedly believe in the work and mission of the Coalition. The staff works tirelessly to find children their forever families through innovative programs such as Extreme Recruitment and 30 Days to Family. The Coalition also provides a wonderful variety of services and supports such as Parents Day Out, Training Extravaganzas, and support groups for parents and children. As a member agency of the United Way , the Coalition measures and evaluates their programs to ensure time and resources are used effectively. Donors can be sure every dollar they give gets put to good use.
I am proud to support this organization as it celebrates 25 Years and find Families for 2,500 Children!
I'm the parent of a volunteer and have heard wonderful stories of her experiences and the great work the organization does. Our local newspaper has also covered the organization and its intense efforts to find a forever home for each child. Furthermore, as a teacher, I recognize the importance to a child of a stable home environment.
As a professional clinical counselor, i am aware of the long-term adverse impact of a lack of stability in a child's life. The dedication of the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition to find Forever Homes that will provide this needed stability for children is inspiring beyond words! I have seen first hand how the expertly trained professional staff works tirelessly to protect and advocate for children. FACC is a Gift - to the children, their new families and the community as a whole.
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I am a volunteer and donor of the Coalition and quite simply it is an inspiring organization. To me, they achieve two objectives - finding permanent homes for children and providing support to both the foster children and foster families. I can see how an organization might focus on one or the other yet the Coalition does both exceedingly well. From the Extreme Recruitment program to Parents Day Out, the Coalition has an amazing variety of programs yet at the same time they don't duplicate work other organizations are doing for these kids. The Coalition is not just about passion and enthusiasm however, although that is overflowing & downright contagious, the Coalition also measures and evaluates their programs to ensure limited time and resources are used wisely. (Example: I was part of the college mentor program which had exciting potential, however when the program didn't achieve its goals the Coalition ended it, which was the right decision to prevent inefficient use of time and resources.) Because of this good stewardship, donors can be sure every dollar they give gets put to good use. When I became less available to volunteer, I was thankful I could become a donor in a small way and I have never for a second questioned that every dollar I've given directly supports the children the Coalition serves. So.... Efficient. Passionate. Effective. Inspiring. I'm not sure what more anyone could ask from a nonprofit.
This is a terrific organization that takes its mission of finding forever homes for children VERY seriously. The staff and volunteers are organized, compassionate, dedicated and -- above all -- they all love the children. In every activity we do, we keep the best interests of the children as our paramount goal. I have never volunteered for a better non-profit organization and feel it is a privilege to be able to contribute.
The most important gift we can give our Children is a loving, safe environment in which to live and grow.
People who will spend their lives finding homes for Children in need of this loving, safe environment is one of the greatest gifts God has given us.
The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition does this in spades. Creating the "Forever Family"...For Every Child… A Place to Call Home.
God Bless them.
I am a Donor and Enthusiastic Backer (capitalized because this should be a Proper Category) of the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. A mission to help children, most of whom really don't have someone fighting for them, is as high a calling as I can think of. You meet these kids and hear their stories of joy when that adoption comes through, or Extreme Recruitment has discovered a relative, and you just want it to happen again and again and again. You want to be a part of that happening. The Coalition makes that happen. THAT makes for a fabulous organization.
I don't know where my family would be today if it wasn't for the Coalition; they have been with us since the beginning of our adoption journey - navigating the process, answering our questions (when no one else would!). Our adoption was finalized several years ago - I had no idea that our family would have such a long lasting and supportive relationship with this agency. As our kids became older, we struggled with several issues - managing our daughter's behavior took a tremendous toll on my husband and I - we didn't know what to do - we were physically and mentally exhausted. Thankfully, we reengaged with the Coalition, started attending parent support groups, and, utilized the services of an educational advocate. Our life has changed - our kids are having success in school, and, we have a supportive network of adoptive parents and professionals at the Coalition!
I am so impressed by the ongoing measurements used by the Foster Care Coalition. This is what evidenced based practice at its best looks like! I also appreciate how they fill the gaps left by other children and family service organizations rather than duplicating services. I'm most familiar with the KidStore where I get to see the difference low cost clothing and baby supplies make for foster and adoptive families. Their appreciation is heart warming, especially because they are the ones doing the truly hard work!
I have been a foster mom and now an adopted mom and I don't know if I would have been either without Foster Care Coalition. I was a volunteer and was strictly looking for adoption when I had a conversation with Nicki, she got me set up with a different organization then what I was with. From there I became a foster mom, I have only had 6 foster kids, and then I was staffed for my daughter and she moved in. As an organization they are there all the way for you. They have their parents day/night out, to give parents a break. They have their meetings with give both adoptive and foster parents a group of supports that have all been there. Not everyone knows what it is like to be a foster or adoptive parent and having others who are going through or been through what you are doing is so great. It takes a little stress off and reminds you why you are doing it and how to overcome some of those hills. They are also there for the IEPs for the kids/parents in helping the parents get the information and help that the kids need. I feel that they are part of your family team and help get the services and support you need to make sure these kids have every opportunity they deserve.
I am writing to give my review on Foster Care Coalition. My journey started with them, so many years ago, I was just a volunteer with the Foster Friends, and was given the opportunity to spend some time with kids in Foster Care while their Foster Parents were given a short respite to do whatever they wanted. I had a blast being with the kids, we did soccor, we did race cars, we did a play and park, each event was such fun for me and I think for the kids as well. Five years ago I became of Foster Parent and still worked with Foster Friends, I then started attending their training groups and one to one groups. I was given such great information and was able to share and get information from others. This year I became an Adoptive Mom of a foster child. I know that Foster Care Coalition will be there for me for the rest of our lives, to give support and answer questions. This is such a great organization that has helped so many in the community and I plan to be a part of it one way or another for the rest of my life. They changed my life for the better.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
encourage more to volunteer their time to helping out with the kids. Give more training opportunities for the parents.
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