A state where children thrive and caregivers are fully empowered and recognized as expert partners in fostering healthy families.
Florida State Foster/Adoptive Association aims to:
- Foster a spirit of cooperation and teamwork among all entities involved with child welfare.
- Promote quality education and training for families with the system’s children, both prior to placement and as continuing education.
- Advocate improved funding of human services for the benefit of all of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens.
- Advocate for legislative changes for protection and welfare of Florida’s children at the local, state and national levels.
- Educate our parents regarding the needs of children by making them more effective advocates at all levels.
- Increase community awareness, support, and participation in foster parenting and adoption.
- Provide a forum for dialogue and communication among our parents, the department, agencies, and other interested persons via our newsletter, meetings and website.
- Educate foster parents regarding the risks of foster parenting and the steps they can take to reduce those risks.
- Educate adoptive parents about issues affecting children, promote realistic expectations of the needs and behaviors of children being adopted, advocate support services for adoptive families to reduce stress, strengthen the family unit and reduce or eliminate adoption disruption.
- We provide training hours during FSFAPA’s quarterly meetings
- We promote the development of support groups for all providers
- We coordinate a F.A.S.T. program to help foster/adoptive/kinship caregivers with allegations
- We host an annual conference for parents and teens
- We provide a quarterly newsletter to keep parents informed
- We advocate for improvement in funding and services that benefit children in placement
- We participate in events such as Advocacy Day, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Foster Parent Month and National Adoption Month
- We have a hotline (866.913.0977) to answer questions, offer support and refer callers to appropriate agencies
- We encourage the recruitment and retention process for professional foster parents