FOSTER CARE COALITION OF GREATER ST LOUIS INC

Rating: 4.91 stars   74 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 1750 S. Brentwood Blvd. Suite 210 Saint Louis MO 63144 USA

Mission: The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is a non-profit agency that strives to create permanency in foster children’s lives by recruiting and retaining foster/adoptive families.
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!
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 43-1570225
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Rating: 5 stars  

Whenever I have items to donate, I prefer to take them to the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. I believe in the services they are providing and I'm grateful to those that are able to help with foster care situations!

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

Nothing that I can think of except to make their presence more known!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an adoptive mom who relies on the Coalition for support and always gets it. Currently, my daughter is working with an amazing art therapist. I have also had the Coalition's educational advocates come to school meetings for my son and daughter. I could not have navigated without them. Additionally, I have had crisis come up and even on the spur of the moment, they are there to help with so much love and a positive attitude. They are an amazing resource to adoptive parents.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The little wishes campaign conducted year round is a chance for people who are not in the market to adopt a child but do want to help a child in need by granting "little wishes" that the child has requested.
This program serves the St. Louis Metro area and it wonderful to be able to help children who cannot help themselves.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Foster Care Coalition of Greater STL does a great service to the STL community by providing much needed counseling to both the children and to the prospective foster parents. FCC also found a way of fullfilling the needs and hopes of the children in the form of "Little Gifts". My wife and I fully support the FCC of Greater STL and we know that our donations get used for the greater good of the children who are in the greatest need.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have made the Foster Care Coalition of Greater St. Louis my charity of choice. They run a great operation, provide a very necessary service to the St. Louis Community and they go out of their way to find new and different ways to fund their operation. Whenever I give a gift of charity, I make sure that the Foster Care Colition gets not only my dollar but also my friends. They are very responsive to my questions, concerns and give me almost instant recognition for my gifts.
Thanks you for providing me this forum to voice my views.
Chuck Gilbert

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

Donations

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

Not change a thing

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Thank You for starting ReFresh!!! I'm a foster care case manager and teenagers at my agency only have $200. per year to spend on clothes. I have one 16 year old in particular that just loves fashion, but feels like she's not able to have fun and be creative with her clothes. She feels like other kids can tell she's in foster care because of the way she dressed. Her 200 dollars a year barely covers her winter coat, shoes and undergarments. Since foster youth get 90% off at ReFresh, she was able to spend $50 and get twice as much as she could usually afford! I can tell she feels more confident and is having fun with her wardrobe. She's even talking about going through the job program at ReFresh now!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The FACC is an amazing organization with a number of great opportunities to volunteer.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on the the FACC Jr. Board for 1.5 years. I am the 2011 Jr. Board President. I can personally attest for the good this organization does for the St. Louis community by helping those children who are unlikely to be adopted through the traditional channels. The FACC has been acknolwedged in the NY Times and most recently Time Magazine for its groundbreaking method of finding homes for foster children. The campaign is called extreme recruitment. It has been widely successful and is only in its infancy. The employees and volunteers for The Coalition are beyond impressive in how much dedication they show towards the children and foster parents in St. Louis. I am very proud to be so involved with the FACC.

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

multiple fundraisers and training events for foster parents. We have taken on such projects as building a wheelchair ramp so a disabled foster child could stay in his foster home. The long days work ended with a blind daughter seeing "did you ever know you're my hero". It made me speechless.

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

At this time I do not have specific changes to recommend.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Even though I now live far away from St. Louis, I continue to support the Coalition and its mission, to find forever homes for children drifting in the foster care "system. Moving to a more accessible location and opening a resale store were both wonderful strategies to raise awareness and also money! Moving the annual Old Bags event to a new venue last year proved to be a great decision, and this spring's event is highly anticipated. Despite the terrible economy, this agency has positioned itself to move forward with hard work and wise innovations.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Extreme Recruitment SHOULD revolutionize the lives of children in foster care, agencies that oversee foster homes, and families who adopt children languishing in the system. I have been a volunteer for four years, and the impact that this organization has had on children is life-altering for them and breathtaking for those who work on the sidelines. Finding homes for living, breathing people, who, through no fault of their own, are drifting, abused, and unloved, is the greatest mission that exists, and FACC exemplifies fulfilling that mission

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

Volunteering during training days with kids--foster kids, the kids of professionals who were in the sessions, and siblings. I never knew who belonged to which group. They were delightful, polite, and above all, FUN! I also spent a lot of time with the staff of the Coalition planning major fundraising events and they are literally awe-inspiring.

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

Give them more money for Extreme Recruitment.

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Rating: 2 stars  

This is in regards to the little wishes for Christmas from the channel 5 "a place to call home" program. I intended to give little wishes to a couple of children in the name of people I know. I went through the process for one child age 17 because I know these kids are aged out and thought giving to older children would make them know someone cared.

I then picked another child wanting the same thing, went through the process and was told there were no more of this item available. When I tried to review my donation I found the first child had been deleted and this would go to the second child.

Not only did this mess up my Christmas giving (I didn't know who and if they would get an acknowledgement ) but my heart broke knowing these and probably others would think no one cared enough to pick and get them a gift and not understand it was a lack of resources.

I'm sure a lot goes in to arranging this program, but wanted to let you know so perhaps this disappointment. Thanks, Kathy Burns

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

not aplicable

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

Try to make enough gifts available to cover all children's wishes. If not available perhaps have a second choice

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Kathy, Thank you for your donation. I'm so sorry you had a negative experience when granting a Little Wish! I hope I can explain what may have happened so that you aren't discouraged from donating in the future. I assure you that every child that requested a little wish received at least one gift. When the site said, "there are no more of this item available," what likely happened was that that particular child's wish had just been granted by someone else. When it appeared that the first child had been "deleted" this just meant that someone else had granted their wish and so they no longer showed up in the system (so that they did not receive a duplicate wish). I hope this cleared some things up? We truly appreciate your donation and I know you made the holidays much brighter for children in foster care. If you have any further questions or would like to chat more about this, please give us a call at 314.367.8373. Thank you again, Kathy!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition is a great organization to be a part of. I've volunteered through their Foster Friends group, and I look forward to continuing to support them. Their mission is truly worthy, and they are doing great things for these kids!

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

seeing how much fun the foster kids during the events we've hosted.

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

encourage more people to be a part of it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Foster Care Coalition's mission makes St. Louis a better place for everyone with a hardworking, dedicated staff who continually strives to improve their organization.

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

working with Melanie Sheetz, Rossi Summers and all the staff.

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

I would hire more people like Melanie and Rossi.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Foster Care Coalition of St Louis is an excellent organization. They were instrumental in helping my family reunited with our two adopted sons who by birth are my husband nephews. Their monthly newsletter give us information regarding training and additional resources offered to foster-adoptive parents. Their training clasess are informational and excellent for parents as well as the children. Our adoptive sons attended their youth job training last year and both are working now due to the training they received.

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

I have received resource informaton to assist my family with the adoption of our sons.

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

I would not make any changes at this time.

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