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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I worked with the extraordinary Melanie Scheetz and her staff to get Little Wishes Off the Ground. These people can move mountains. Just a couple weeks ago I had a friend in CN who having some issues with the foster program in CN -- I emailed Melanie within an hour a member of her staff sent me a page full of resources We're lucky to have this organization in our community.
The FACC is an amazing organization with a number of great opportunities to volunteer.
I have been on the the FACC Jr. Board for 1.5 years. I am the 2011 Jr. Board President. I can personally attest for the good this organization does for the St. Louis community by helping those children who are unlikely to be adopted through the traditional channels. The FACC has been acknolwedged in the NY Times and most recently Time Magazine for its groundbreaking method of finding homes for foster children. The campaign is called extreme recruitment. It has been widely successful and is only in its infancy. The employees and volunteers for The Coalition are beyond impressive in how much dedication they show towards the children and foster parents in St. Louis. I am very proud to be so involved with the FACC.
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Even though I now live far away from St. Louis, I continue to support the Coalition and its mission, to find forever homes for children drifting in the foster care "system. Moving to a more accessible location and opening a resale store were both wonderful strategies to raise awareness and also money! Moving the annual Old Bags event to a new venue last year proved to be a great decision, and this spring's event is highly anticipated. Despite the terrible economy, this agency has positioned itself to move forward with hard work and wise innovations.
Extreme Recruitment SHOULD revolutionize the lives of children in foster care, agencies that oversee foster homes, and families who adopt children languishing in the system. I have been a volunteer for four years, and the impact that this organization has had on children is life-altering for them and breathtaking for those who work on the sidelines. Finding homes for living, breathing people, who, through no fault of their own, are drifting, abused, and unloved, is the greatest mission that exists, and FACC exemplifies fulfilling that mission
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Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition is a great organization to be a part of. I've volunteered through their Foster Friends group, and I look forward to continuing to support them. Their mission is truly worthy, and they are doing great things for these kids!
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I am a Jr. Board member and a volunteer. I fell in love with this organization over 4 years ago when I volunteered for their annual Old Bags(TM) fundraiser, and I haven't had my heart broken yet.
The staff is so dedicated and motivating. They actual work with children - which is so important and the foundation of their cause, and they never complain about lack of resources. Their positive attitudes make us want to work and do more for them. The Coalition is hands down the BEST charity in St. Louis.
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