We were foster parents for over 10 years and have had over 35 children pass thru our doors. The information we have been able to get thru FAFS has been price less. It has touched the lives of all the children that have been in our lives. Thru give a wish, holiday parties, summer camp, school tuition or local foster parent outreach and training. Thank you for you continuing touch on the lives of ALL Our Children.
Became involved with FAFS when my niece and nephew were put in DYFS in 2007. FAFS helped me find all the appropiate services they needed. My niece and nephew were able to get counseling and other support services. When I did not call in a while my FAFS rep would reach out to me to make sure the kids were doing well. They send out material to assist you in choosing classes that would be helpful in obtaining necessary information and the training credits you need. They have really been a great asset. The adoption was final in 2011 and they still assist me with any services I need. This organization does an excellent job!
My family has fostered children for over 20 years. Throughout that time, the Middlesex County support network of FAFS has been there for us - providing training, support, and opportunities to meet with other families working with the child welfare system.
Our children have grown up attending FAFS events with us. My youngest, adopted at age 6 and now 20 years old, has made some of her closest friends at FAFS meetings. It has always been important to her to connect with other children and youth who understand what it is like to have been in foster care and who understand adoption.
At the state level, FAFS has offered assistance in interpreting DCP&P policies and practice as well as excellant training in many of the issues faced by children in out-of-home placement. I don't think we could have continued to foster for as long as we have without the support of this organization.
I became involved in FAFS five and a half years ago when i found out my goddaughter and her brother were in DYFS custody in Passaic County. We became a license foster family and got custody of the two little ones and FAFS was there to help answer all our questions, even after we adopted the two little ones the have been there to help us with getting help with programs available to us for counseling for our little ones, our oldest is now 8 and though she still has alot of trauma issues we know that there are people out there to help us through. Other Foster parents who have adopted little ones who suffer the same things, sometimes i feel so stressed out for all the pain my two are still going through four years later, but i know with FAFS i have a support system to reach out to.
FAFS is a great organization. As a foster parent they are my first stop and best resource for training, support and advocacy. I had a very stressful placement and zero traction in dealing with my agency. The FAFS family advocate was there with help and advice. Our local chapter coordinator was a lifeline, ready and willing to provide help and suggestions for everything from the mundane to the extremely challenging. She is extremely knowledgeable, not only about fostering in general and who to contact for what at our local agency, but also about resources in the community.
FAFS is a great organization and provides wonderful support for foster children and foster families. I have felt very supported by FAFS during the 3 years I have been a foster parent. I think their programs are really great, especially their "Fostering WIshes" for foster children, summer camp and college scholarship programs.
This organization is one of the best run out there. They not only support us as foster parents but strive to make the life of a child in foster care better with the support they deserve at this trying time. The staff are the best around! I have always recieved a return call, a warm hello and they are willing to assist with whatever we may need. If I had a choice of where I wanted to work and with whom, this would be the place! We cannot thank them enough for all they do for our children. We are in Salem County and the amount of resource homes does not equal the larger counties, but we still receive the support as if we were as large as they are! Kathy Rutter
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.