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FPA-Foundation-Fostering Progressive Advocacy Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The mission of the FPA-Foundation is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to have a significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives.

Target demographics: Communities of color

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300

Geographic areas served: Citywide

Programs: We advocate educate and empower

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The FPA Foundation is what most people would describe as godsend. This organization was created to help families and most of all our children. In New York City and across our country many families are being ripped apart. There is a high rate of minority cities and neighborhoods where the rate of children being separated from the home and their families. And believe it or not this is the case for some parents that are actually real parents. But because they don’t have much resources or income, they find themselves in situations or make decisions to the best of their capabilities and time to time find themselves still coming up short. Well here is where the FPA Foundation comes in. This organization provides resources, activities, events and much more to help. If you ever find yourself in a situation with ACS, find yourself defending your rights for you child(ren), or just need some support. This organization will be your voice, you hope, and your strength. If you or someone you know is dealing with or find yourself in a situation whether with the law, ACS or bad times please feel free to contact this organization for much willing help.

Sharon G.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

from Sharon Garrett
FPA is the only community advocate for keeping families together.
FPA empowers parents to voice their experience with the child welfare system and fight for their rights as parents to parent their children.
not only does FPA walk the streets in our community but the organization provides facts, laws and policy to make parents more knowledgeable of their rights to fight against injustices.

as a board member, i am proud to be a part of FPA.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

WORKING FOR NON-PROFIT IS SOMETHING I KNOW ABOUT FIRST HAND BECAUSE I PRESENTLY WORK WITH ONE NOW, THEY ARE JUST ABOUT MONEY NOT HELPING THE PEOPLE THEY SERVICE. FPA IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS CONCERNED IN RESOLVE AND KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER. FPA HITS THE STREETS HANDS ON TO WORK WITH YOUTH , ADULTS AND FAMILIES TO MAKE A VISIBLE DIFFERENCE IN THE QUALITY OF LIFE .

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that does they very best to unite families back together..

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm looking forward to FPA-FOUNDATION to be nominated because of the outstanding work And time their putting in to these families in the community is amazing and very much needed..

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FPA foundation is a good organization. They help families that don't know their right fight against ACS. I recommend this organization becsuse they are helping black and brown families that are being torn a part by ACS who acts like they are helping our communities- join the movement to support this organization

Kay M.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I came into contact with FPA almost 2 years ago. I have seen the work being done to educate the public on child services and the adverse impact they have on Families. I applaud the work they do in helping Families and bringing awareness. I support FPA and their mission. -Kay Mac

Dorin C M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is the only organization telling the truth about the impact of black and brown communities impacted by ACS without sugarcoatingbthe issues. Damage has been caused by ACS and no one wants to held accountable for their action. Black and brown families torn apart for fininicial incentives is a shame. The ASFA law needs repeal and it discriminates against parents. Community get involved and fight back because people are silent about this genocide by the government. FPA continue to fight and expose CPS for its injustices.

Diana Z.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that helps families. This organization not only has the backs of its members but also they are educating the public to understand their rights and be able to make changes in their cases and communities.

Charity Lee Lee L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization. And very pleased with the work they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's a Great organization that help family get their kids back

Felix Leo C.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The job they do in educating the public of the pitfalls of dealing with family court & its third-party organizations is pioneering and a bold advocacy act of defending families from institutional & government abuses.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am Chaplain Akil Rose and a community activist in the Village of Harlem. Harlem Transformation Project and the NAACP-NYCHA branch is who I represent.
FPA and Sista Dorine Matthew's has been a Heaven sent to those women and men who have imediate problems with foster care and ACS issues. She has marched, gives clothes and toys every year to the community including some of our own organization's youth. And she had extended collaboration with other grass roots organizations in Harlem such as mine. She shows no fear when speaking truth ro power. She's the real deal.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We need more agencies like the FPA Foundation that are assisting and empowering people in the community. Keep up the good work FPA Foundation.

1 David G.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always family first the love is real we need more people like them the world

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi there my name is Nicole Delia and I just started about 6 weeks ago with fpa foundation and MS Dorin Matthews she has helped me so much in a short period of time more so then anyone else on my case has done in close to five years. I'm fighting for my four children and fpa foundation has giving me the strength that acs and catholic guardians service had taken away from me she understood everything most of all she listen and belived me and my story I wish I would of found fpa foundation years ago but I'm so happy I found them when I did I'm on a roll with MS Matthews and we're not going to stop this is my passion now to help other family's in need like myself cause there is so many family's that are suffering alone in silence just like I once was yes I speak up for my children but they just didn't care to listen to me or to my children that's still going on but MS Matthews helped me write my letter to everyone from the CEO of Catholic Guardian services to the governor of NY and the mayor of NYC and other congressional people in my district. This is a fight for my children for my rights not to be taken due to there issues and mistakes. Yes I'm not perfect no body is but I'm a loving mom who wants to be with her children I've giving so much to my children and there treated me like this cause I'm not rich I live in nycha so does a lot of other people in staid of helping me with housing and other things they just decided let's take them again put them back into foster care and let's pay the foster parents 1000 of dollars a month that's much better then to help me or other family's in need. It's unfortunate that it's a business it all comes down to money and un like the rest of this broken down system from Acs to there contracts that they have with the foster care angecys something has to be done and I'm so glad that I'm a member for life of fpa foundation this is my life and this is what I want to do and I would advise anyone who is dealing with acs and the foster care system to reach out to fpa look online at there website and pick up that phone and make that call to Ms Matthews yes she's a very busy woman doing it all but she will always make time for you. I can't wait to actually go out there with her to protest and to visit other family's in need I can go on and on about fpa foundation and MS Dorin Matthews she's doing this from the heart not for a profit so yes if anyone could donate anything from even 5.00 dollars would go a long way every dollar is used for fpa foundation and every penny is worth giving thank you for everything.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found myself in the middle of a nightmare with my foster son taken, unnecessarily. Then my name was put in an abuse registry. I had no clue what to do until I met with FPA Foundation. They advised me to write a letter to rebut the false claim. IT WORKED!!!! My name has been cleared. Now I'll fight to get my foster son back.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FPA FOUNDATION is an outstanding organization. They educate, inform, and teach about your rights in regards to Family Court, ACS, Foster Care Agency, and The Legal Aid Society. The organization will go with you to court, meet with your attorney, and contact the civil rights advocate on your behalf. I am grateful to know about the organization and appreciative for all the amazing work they have done. They truly want to help parents and make sure families are together to form a union. FPA FOUNDATION is one of a kind! I wish I knew about them 7 years ago. However, with their help and support I will continue to fight to get my autistic son back.

Robert225

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Robert Jackson and I help them donate 300coats in Harlem last winter. They are a great set of people, they show compassion and intergrity. My Wife volunteer as well.
They are very hands on.

Marci11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son was taken from school by an uneducated ACS worker who took him directly to foster care without contacting any family ...I was devastated,lost,confused and scared but mostly angry because how dare you take my child who is mine and you have no rights to.. Well I quickly learned the hard way and I knew I had to fight But they took my rights and lied to me I wanted so bad to just go get him the only problem was 1. I had 5 other children at home who needed me 2. They hid his whereabouts for weeks,so I went home got on Google and researched ACS i came across FPA foundation i watched videos,read everything from stories to why and how it started ..I talked to dorin over the phone and she gave me hope, so I fought harder,terrified that I might never see my son again ... I had a lawyer who meant nothing and I had to tell her what to say but I got my son back and it took me 7 months ..This is just a little of the story... Without FPA foundation families will be lost or easily defeated!! We need these ladies! We need more people who can educate families on these corrupt ACS services all over the US. I hope the voices at FPA are heard all over because they might be the only ones fighting for our rights!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart ladies ... Love always Marci Castellano

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a foster parent trying to navigate the Child Welfare System, their knowledge and experience has been invaluable. This is very important work that will benefit families for many years. I will continue to work with this organization to help fight the injustices taking place with or children.