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February 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 20, 2011

One of the best investments in time and money can be made with this Coalition. The information provided is excellent and the support given is outstanding. From the educational classes to individual one/one support, they provide an interesting and helpful array of support for foster and adoptive families that crosses a wide variety of subjects and expertise. Leslie has made a lifetime of difference for my family through advocating and teaching me how to advocate for my son, Taylor, in the St. Louis School District. The people in this organization truly make a difference to the lives they touch. I thank God for them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working thru IEP issues that relate to my adopted special needs son.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with additional resources and money so that they could expand and amplify what they do today.

February 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 19, 2011

I am a Jr. Board member and a volunteer. I fell in love with this organization over 4 years ago when I volunteered for their annual Old Bags(TM) fundraiser, and I haven't had my heart broken yet.

The staff is so dedicated and motivating. They actual work with children - which is so
important and the foundation of their cause, and they never complain about lack of resources. Their positive attitudes make us want to work and do more for them. The Coalition is hands down the BEST charity in St. Louis.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A variety of ways - I help plan their Old Bags fundraiser and that money has directly funded their Extreme Recruitment(TM) program to help find foster children family members in a matter of months - this program has redefined the adoption process.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more staff - they don't have enough people for all the work they do.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I have been and continue to be a supporter of and cheerleader for the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition. The 1/10/11 article in Time Magazine lauds the organization's creative and effective approach, referred to as "Extreme Recruitment, to placing hard-to-place kids with adoptive families. The goal is to give them "A place to call home." Every child deserves one.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Supporter

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make none.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

From the moment you step into the Coalition you are surrounded by the sights and sounds of people who truly believe in and love what they do. The energy is infectious and you can't help but be moved to give more than you ever thought that you could. The smiles of the kids they help beam from pictures on the wall and each one of the Coalition members operates every day with the clear understanding that what they do every day is nothing short of saving these kids lives. The greatest thing we all strive for every day is to be loved by someone and the Coalition and its staff and volunteers exude love from floor boards to rafters. Love for their purpose, love for each other, love for their volunteers, love for the community and above all, love for the kids.

As a volunteer I have never felt more like a part of a family then I have during my projects done with the Coalition. Every effort no matter how tiny is fully appreciated by everyone. One of the most impressive things about the Coalition is that they never set out to do anything good enough, they ALWAYS shoot for the best and in the lives of these kids that makes all the difference. As someone who is lucky enough to have a home to go to every night, the Coalition has made me a better person by helping me realize the many blessings we all have that we might take for granted. Many of these kids only wish is to have a home and for many of them the Coalition's support helps them come closer to that dream every day. They certainly all have a home in the hearts of the Coalition members and volunteers and we love to work hard to help find these kids permanent homes.

I am honored to be a volunteer and am so excited to tell other people about the Coalition. You will never meet a more committed, caring, loving, honest and service oriented group of people. I am humbled to be among them and I am truly lucky to be able to support their mission.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing over 3000 wishes be granted every year through their little wishes program. See the delight on the kids faces during events when they get to come and play in the community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more revenue streams to expand their team.

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

This is an amazing organization with a staff that is deeply committed to the children in foster care. I first became aware of the organization when I saw "A Place to Call Home" on KSDK. I was so moved by the young man being interviewed that I immediately called FACC and asked how I could help. Their response was amazing in that they didn't ask for money but they told me of the many, many ways that I could be involved in helping the children (though $$ is always welcomed!). When I met with a group of the staff members it was obvious that they love what they do and they love who they do it for, the children. As I've become more familiar with the staff and board members I can honestly say that I've never been associated with a more dedicated group and I am very proud to be a small part of it, very proud to know that I've played a small role in helping the children that do not have the security of a family.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing children adopted through the Extreme Recruitment program!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

This is an amazing organization with a staff that is deeply committed to the children in foster care. I first became aware of the organization when I saw "A Place to Call Home" on KSDK. I was so moved by the young man being interviewed that I immediately called FACC and asked how I could help. Their response was amazing in that they didn't ask for money but they told me of the many, many ways that I could be involved in helping the children (though $$ is always welcomed!). When I met with a group of the staff members it was obvious that they love what they do and they love who they do it for, the children. As I've become more familiar with the staff and board members I can honestly say that I've never been associated with a more dedicated group and I am very proud to be a small part of it, very proud to know that I've played a small role in helping the children that do not have the security of a family.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing children adopted through the Extreme Recruitment program!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I first volunteered with FACC to assist in their Little Wishes fundraiser where they obtain Christmas gifts for the local foster children through donations. I can't imagine what it would be like as a foster child not to get any Christmas gifts. With Little Wishes each foster child who participated would get 1-2 gifts. The big goal is to find forever families for these kids. FACC and their Extreme Recruitment team have done a wonderful job and I am very proud to known them. The more money they receive the more permanent homes can be found for the foster kids. Every kid wants a family and a home.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I saw the results with gifts being purchased for the kids and also through the Extreme Recruitment stories.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money. The staff there is wonderful.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I have been associated with the Foster Care Coalition of Greater St. Louis for over 10 years. As a professional with over 30 years experience working in related helping professions, I feel confident in my ability to evaluate an outstanding agency when I encounter one. FACC is such an agency. Staff members are not just highly skilled but demonstrate compassion & caring when others might have given up. They are tireless in finding creative ways to reach their goal of finding a forever home for each child. (Could there be anything more creative than Extreme Recruitment?). As a volunteer & a donor I could not be more proud of FACC.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've watched the reaction of the families as ongoing support is offered them. The look on their faces & their personal stories tell it all.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to take Extreme Recruitment nationally - so that children everywhere would have a better opportunity to have a permanent home.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Personally saw the wonderful work being done with children & wanted to help these actions continue in the future.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Have been donating regularly for several years.

What would you tell others about this organization?

It's an outstanding agency - that truly takes its mission seriously.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

Great organization! I've helped out at TE's over the years. They are so great with the kids and give valuable resources to the parents!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helped many kids and families

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make none!

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

Their newsletter has been an invaluable resource. It has informed me about educational happenings for me and fun activities for my kids. I have been able to take advantage of the offerings on a regular basis which has helped me to be a better mom-and hopefully a more insightful, learned, and happier adoptive mom.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

taking advantage of the classes and the trainings they offer.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't hink of any changes

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