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February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

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!

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

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

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

encourage more people to be a part of it.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

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.

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

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

I would hire more people like Melanie and Rossi.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

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.

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

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

I would not make any changes at this time.

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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

Seeing children adopted through the Extreme Recruitment program!

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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.

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

Give them more money. The staff there is wonderful.

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