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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

49 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.

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.

Melinda31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a previous intern and volunteer, I was blessed with the opportunity to witness first hand what FPA stands for and how much they impact our society. FPA continues to be a strong advocate amoungst the social injustices that are occuring in our system. As a clinician, providing therapy to specifically youth in the foster care system, I have seen first hand how detrimental a child's removal can be. Foster parents, foster youth, and birth parents continue to need support and a place [like FPA] to assist our families to be heard. Thanks for all that you do on a daily basis!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Fpa is an amazing non profit organization that helps foster, adoptive, and biological parents. These families have been broken by a system that says they work for the families but instead tears them apart. Fpa has helped 100s of families with advocacy, services, and on going support that families need to be successful. As a prior intern and volunteer for the organization, I was able to witness so many families being informed of their rights and feeling grateful to get the help that they deserve. Fpa continues to be an important organization in the community and I hope it continues to grow in several states that need child welfare reform.

Angie81

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dorin Matthew's & Sylvia Hooper of the FPA-Foundation are absolutely the best advocate you would want on your team. These Ladies work hard to educate and bring awareness to families who are fighting the government system. They also teach classes on how to prepare you for your court case. Their work have a great impact on our society at large, which gives us compelling truth in how our system is being governing. We as a people must stand for something with equal and solid ground or we will be sacrifice to fall for anything. These ladies give us a sense of purpose and direction. I support the FPA-FOUNDATION 100%

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FPA -Foundation is an excellent organization. They work with families to get their kids back in the home. The workers of FPA work hard with helping families to understand their rights when it comes to the Foster care system and dealing with ACS. I support this Foundation 100%
A.S.H

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to have known Dorin Matthews for over 10 years, and had the honor to have worked with her as she advocates for foster parents and children. Both ladies work tireless everyday, from physically to emotionally supporting the many individuals who have called on them. I Hope they continue to do such great work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a former foster child of NYC I am gratrful to have agencies like FPA. FPA has wonderful programs that not only promotes community awareness and responsibility, but advocacy for the voiceless.
Agencies like FPA are rare. If we had more agencies in the community that fostered unity and uplifting each other, the world would be in better shape. They keep the community engaged and informed on the current events and government policies that affect us most.

rolandobrown

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's been great to be in learning communities with Dorin Matthews and team. Their commitment to education, empowerment, family and community is inspiring. Vital work being done here.

Tonia E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am reaching out to help FPA-Foundation get nominated.The work the foundation is doing in the community is valued, necessary and should continue with assistance and recognition. I have seen my own family members effected by a small but life changing duration in the foster care system. I am touched by dedication to human rights and activism this grass root organization for people in communities of color has exhibited . The FPA Foundation organizes within communities to take action on social justice issue. I have personally seen The team on the front line in court at The state building fighting for parents who havw children in the foster care system in an attempt to keep many families together. I have watched excitedly as they were featured on channel 7 here and now show. When asked to write a review to assist in a nomination is a pleasure. I hope they are able to push their agenda. Why would we not continue the fight to stop child welfare human rights violations to help children & families? I ask you to aid in assistance while providing the foundation a platform to be seen and heard.
T.Eagleton
Bridgeport CT


Cynthia113

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for giving parents dealing with ACS, foster care agencies, and family courts, our voice! We have rights and ACS is forever trying to abuse their authority. I want to join your organization and I would love to help make this movement national.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful non profit - you won't find better advocacy around the issues of foster care then FPA

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This foundation like many are needed to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves!...I support this group as they stand for the difference needed to these children lives...Continue to rise as in today's society needs this!

Yvonne25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are doing a great work for children and families in the community.

Krystal8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The founder gave me information I've never heard of. Never knew it existed. She cared from her hearty v and soul and even followed up to see how it was going and I don't even live in her state. She genuinely cares and you can feel it immediately once you meet her!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Name is Lorraine It has been a few years now, I wasin the finial stage of adopting my six grandchildren. They took them from me justifying no allegations found against me.n The ONE charge they separated my six grandchildren for was not founded. Now they are all separated in no-english speaking really being abuse. I know this to be fact because the children reach to me on a regular basis. As a result of the battle with the system me a healthy women went into cardiac arrest the resulted in three heart attacks two strokes and me coding on the table for thirty minutes please fill free to contact me at anytime for moe information. Sincerely destroyed family, broken hearted grangmother

Nicole153

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a former foster child, I admire their commitment to children and families and how they bridge that gap within the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had the pleasure of getting to know the executive director of FPA on a Human Rights Retreat. The FPA organization is at the forefront of the battle for protecting the most vulnerable members of every community; the children. Children of color are especially at risk of being abused and taken advantage of by the system. This organization is working day in and day out to help the children that are in the foster care system, keeping families together and helping those in need. FPA is a progressive and passionate organization working to make a difference!