My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Foster and Adoptive Family Services Inc, Monmouth Junction, NJ, USA
My husband and I have adopted 2 sets of 2 sister siblings from the child welfare system in New Jersey. We did not know about FAFS (Foster and Adoptive Family Services) when the first set was placed in our home. While the experience was very rewarding, it seemed that no one we knew really understood what challenges we faced. The second time we become a licensed foster home, we were introduced to FAFS. WOW!!!! What a difference. Since then I have been very involved in FAFS because my family has benefited from all it has to offer. The montly meetings have become a family event. My husband and I attend the training sessions that teach us to more effectively help our children heal and that connect us with other foste/adoptive parents who face the same challenges. While we are in the training session our children get to hang out with other kids who have their same experience as children from the child welfare system. Everybody feels supported and conntected.
The FAFS Holiday Party is the highlight of the year for many of these children. One of my daughters has a cognitive disability. Last time we visited her doctor, she was asked about her favorite holiday. She said Christmas. He asked her why and her answer was the FAFS Holiday Party. She has a fun time and gets to see her birth brother who is adopted into a different family from her. This appointment was in September so her memories were still fresh from last December. The doctor replied "Wow, that must be some party!" And explained that other patients have also raved about the FAFS Holiday Party.
Also when our foster son was to leave our home to be placed with an aunt that lived several states away, I knew who to call. And it wasn't ghostbusters! It was FAFS. I called an experienced foster parent who had helped to move children from her family into relatives homes who lived states away and whom the child didn't know. As a result I was able to support the aunt and make the move the least disruptive for our foster son. He is thriving and we get to see him from time to time! Without the help of an experienced foster parent who I met through FAFS, I was able to help a very difficult move become easier for an 18 month old little boy.
By supporting FAFS, you support foster, adoptive and kinship parents/caregivers who support children who have been neglected or abuse and are, therefore, very fragile and need a lot of tender loving care. By supporting FAFS you give children a party that is the highlight of their entire year. By supporting FAFS, you help the children heal and make transitions from one home to another much easier. We need you. Without you, we can't do what we do nearly as well. The children need you. Your support lessens the long-term impact of their distress. They can thrive and feel loved and whole again.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my life as an invaluable support system and as an invaluable support system for my children and grandchildren.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
have more informal time for foster/adoptive/kinship parents/caregivers to chat and share experiences.
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How did you find this group?
Warm and inviting
What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?
It has encouraged me to become more involved in the organization. It has encouraged me to continue to be very active in my adult child's life and to be supportive of her continued healinlg process.
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