National Foster Parents Association? Until last year I don't think I had ever even heard of them. But since then I have been doing some research and I think they are an amazing group of committed, dedicated people and as an organization, more of us should be supporting them and their work.
Often as foster parents we feel that we have no voice. NFPA can be that voice. Most of the other agencies and departments that work with children in care are focused, quite rightly, on the children. But those of us who have chosen to care for and raise other people's children need a voice too. We need a champion, moral support, and more. I was shocked to learn how few foster parents in my state are members of the NFPA. It's certainly not a matter of cost... a year's membership for a family is only $35. They have wonderful resources available for raising awareness of foster parenting issues and concerns. They have a quarterly online magazine: The Advocate. [Click here to see the December 2010 issue.]
nfpaonline.org when you have some time to browse. They also have great stuff for promoting National Foster Care Month this May.... It's never to early to start planning!
I am running a write in campaign hoping to represent Region 1 [Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts] a position that is currently vacant. Wish me luck.
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