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.
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!!
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.
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.
Review from Guidestar
This is an amazing organization with a staff that is deeply committed to the children in foster care. I first became aware of the organization when I saw "A Place to Call Home" on KSDK. I was so moved by the young man being interviewed that I immediately called FACC and asked how I could help. Their response was amazing in that they didn't ask for money but they told me of the many, many ways that I could be involved in helping the children (though $$ is always welcomed!). When I met with a group of the staff members it was obvious that they love what they do and they love who they do it for, the children. As I've become more familiar with the staff and board members I can honestly say that I've never been associated with a more dedicated group and I am very proud to be a small part of it, very proud to know that I've played a small role in helping the children that do not have the security of a family.
Review from Guidestar