12 Days of Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

Every holiday season there are young people in foster care who experience the mixed feelings that are brought on by the complexity of enjoying the holidays while feeling unsettled in their lives, families, and communities. Needless to say, these experiences are very different from what many experience as The 12 Days of Christmas and play a large role in how alumni of foster care approach life during the holidays. To better help you understand the experiences some alumni of foster…

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Foster Alumnus Stafford MacArthur James Purvis Speaks Out About His Experiences in Care – Foster Parents Article

10 Dec Foster Alumnus Stafford MacArthur James Purvis Speaks Out About His Experiences in Care Even after being placed with a family — or even when chosen — it is a struggle becoming comfortable with where you are. Without proper guidance or help, becoming a productive member of society can be one of the hardest things a foster care youth can accomplish. From someone who has been in the system, as well as been homeless, I can wholehearterdly sympathize with…

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September is Kinship Care Month! – Foster Parents Article

Cover for September-October FFT Magazine. “Simply put, I was terrified. Aside from the usual frazzled excitement that comes with being a new parent, I was afraid to fail because of my own prior system involvement as a youth. Wanting to be something for a child that I had never experienced was scary, but I knew that we could do it with the right support. As soon as I shared the news about the opportunity to provide kinship care within my…

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Foster Care Alumni of America Remembers George Sheldon – Foster Parents Article

04 Sep FCAA Remembers George Sheldon   Mr. George Sheldon, President/CEO at Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe, Inc. Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA), is the national voice for over 400,000 children living in foster care and nearly 12 million alumni, including 19 state chapters.  We honor and mourn the loss of George Sheldon, who passed suddenly on August 23, 2018. George Sheldon was a leader in creating child welfare programs and systems that were sensitive to the needs…

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FCAA Board of Director Policy Statement: Adherholt Amendment – Foster Parents Article

16 Jul FCAA: Policy Statement on Aderholt Amendment Background:  The FCAA National Board of Directors is composed of a diverse group of professionals who have a wide variety of previous exposure to, and life experiences within, the child welfare system, including foster care. Based on our professional and personal experiences, we are in opposition to the  “license to discriminate” against children, youth, and families according to moral and religious reasons outlined in the Aderholt Amendment. We are also in opposition…

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FCAA Member Builds Foster Awareness Through Pageant Platform – Foster Parents Article

14 Jul FCAA Member Builds Foster Awareness Through Pageant Platform On July 29th, Jamerika will compete for the National Ms. USA Ambassador title in Tampa, FL. I first learned about pageants from watching Miss America. I admired the sparkly gowns, polished on-stage answers and bright stage lights. I too felt like I could be the next Miss America. However once the telecast was over, so was my daydream of being in a pageant. I was five-years-old when I went into foster…

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FCAA Policy Statement Regarding Immigration Families – Foster Parents Article

28 Jun FCAA Policy Statement on Immigration Families   Background:  The FCAA National Board of Directors is composed of a diverse group of professionals who have a wide variety of previous exposure to and life experiences within the child welfare system including foster care. Based on our professional and personal experiences we take a stand on the forced separation of children from families at the southern US border.   We’ve recently witnessed thousands of babies, children and teens separated from…

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