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Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition

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Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Education, Foster Care

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 Resource), newsletters, financial education for youth, and more!

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I took foster adopt training classes there last year. They were well done. The social worker and foster/adopt volunteer were kind, passionate, and well informed perspective to the classes. The classes helped prepare us for the foster adopt process. We look forward to taking other classes there too.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I have not fostered or adopted, I support this agency because I know they really do what they say. They have been recognized nationally for their work, and it seems to me; what could be more important than finding a home for a child? That's what they do, among a lot of other things. Friendly staff, just a great charity to donate to.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Foster and Adoptive Care is one of the best run groups that I have been involved in. The staff does an exceptional job laying out plans and then executing. They have measurables for all of the programs that they run and exceed the expectations on every one. They hold their staff accountable for results and disciplined in not taking on new programs that will stretch the group too thin or are not in keeping with the mission statement. Melanie Scheetz the Executive director brings tremendous energy to the group and the board is engaged, diverse and dynamic. I feel honored to be a part of the board and contribute to their continued success.

Chris133

Client Served

Rating: 5

After our adoption was final I had no idea that we would need continued help. At age 5 our son was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome and autism. We have turned to the Foster Care Coalition many times and they have alway been able to serve us. From something as simple as how to sign up for services from the department of mental health to being assigned a educational advocate for my son at his school. They are the first I call when I need any type of help for my son. I'm very grateful for Foster Care Coalition.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved in many non profit organizations for years, donated time and money. However, this organization has made a special place in my heart. 8 years ago I was introduced to them by a friend who asked me if I liked handbags...what girl doesn't? With that I was quickly put on a committee for a fundraiser called "old bags"! At first it was all about the handbags but then something happened, I started meeting amazing women who had more in common with me then their love of handbags! The handbags party was just the beginning then I became a foster friend and went on to serve as a board member. My parents have always been such an important part of my life, always there when I needed them for anything, to me every child deserves someone they can trust and who will be there for them! FACC helps children find this special bond better than anybody!! Another bonus is I have met some of the best people I know and have made friends for my lifetime that I also know will always be there for me!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an adoptive parent that has been using The Foster and Adoptive Coalition for about 6 years now. It has been an incredible resource for us. I have also volunteered for the little wishes program which has made so many children happy during the holidays. They offer great services to the children and their families. What an AWESOME organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition is one of the most amazing non-profits I work with. I started working with them in 2002. We partnered on an adoption project called A Place to Call Home. Our goal was to find forever families for children living in foster care. We have almost a 60% success rate... which is unmatched to any other program in the country. We feature hard to place children due to their age or that they are part of a sibling group. Their stories air 4 times a week on the NBC station in St. Louis.

When I started working with the Coalition, they had 2 full time and 3 part time employees. Now, they have more than 24 full time employees and 5 part time. And why have they grown? Because they are filling gaps in services for children in foster care. They don't duplicate efforts. They find needs and fill them.

But the most important thing about the Coalition, they never take their eyes off the mission: to find children forever families and to keep and retain foster parents. If a project doesn't fit one or the other, they don't do it.

Children in foster care are forgotten children. Just because they have food, shelter and clothes doesn't mean they are "taken care of." The Coalition makes it their mission to find these kids loving, permanent families and a chance at a future. Without them, I know of more than 200 kids that would still be sitting in foster care. You see A Place to Call Home has found forever families for all of those kids. Cycles are broken and lives are put back together.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From Cheryl _STL: There are so many positive things that I can say about this organization Foster Care Coalition, this could go on for hours. ... however, since my Introduction to the various services offered by the Foster Care Coalition of St. Louis in 2011, I have held on tight and have not let go as the benefits of their various services can and have been life changing particularly for me and my family. Our first introduction was for a crisis in my home with two of my Foster children. The crisis worker came right in and worked with us to resolve. This was a good learning process for all of us and extremely insightful, we all felt so very empowered by the process. Through this service we were introduced to Education Advocacy services which we have been utilizing since 2012 and I just can't say enough about my advocate she is amazing, absolutely amazing, she listens to my concerns and she hears me and she has compassionately guided me through the process of getting services in place for my child who has special needs. My advocate was extremely helpful recently in getting my son out of an unaccredited school district where he struggled and into an accredited school district and a better suited school environment. She guided us to a school district that could meet his needs allowing him an opportunity to excel educationally. In essence all of my encounters with this agency have greatly improved our lives in such a positive way, we could not be happier. As a result I am more engaged with this organization and have referred so many people to them for assistance as I am certain that this group will meet any challenge that comes their way in a positive and a proactive manner. I cannot stop singing your praises as long as i have a voice. FOSTER Care Coalition I could not imagine life as an adoptive parent without, thanks so very much for the support

Aj__

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with the coalition is multi-faceted. I am not only a volunteer, I am a client and a partner. From my first experience with the coalition as a volunteer I was astounded by the deep and personal caring that each of the members of their team has for every child. They are dedicated, caring, considerate and always striving to be better for the kids.

After becoming a foster parent I have turned to many of their programs to help find clothing, resources and much needed guidance to better the lives of my kiddos! I have been able to experience from another side just how needed the programs they provide are and just how much of an impact they make.

As a community employer I have been able to partner and work with the Coalition to provide opportunity to kids aging out of the system and looking to establish themselves. This program has shown me just how committed the Coalition is to full service, broad spectrum programs that leave no child or group of children without valuable programs.

One of the most impressive things about them is there dedication to pushing for the very best for every single kid and they never sit back and think they have done good enough. They always rise to the challenge of saying that they can do better for the sake of each of these kids. It is truly a pleasure to work with them.

1 Vicky Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Foster/Adopt single parent. The Foster Care Coalition has provided unmeasurable training thru extravaganzas and support groups. Our family is currenly being assisted within our home environment. I, and my children view the coalition as an extension of our family-they are always there to help!

Thank you for the services you provide our community!!!