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Nominations Open for President, External VP & Treasurer

Posted June 3, 2020 by FloridaFAPA

See the PDF for nomination rules and the responsibilities of each position up for nomination/election.

To submit nomination electronically, read below:

 Responsibilities of all members of the Board of Directors 

 Policy Statement: 

 Attend all meetings, face to face or conference call of the Board unless previously excused by the President. 

 Participate in the planning, facilitation and implementation of all events supported by Florida FAPA. 

 The Board of Directors is empowered to act for the organization as a whole. 

 The Board cannot delegate its decision-making authority to a portion of the membership. 

 Each member of the Executive Board will be delegated specific duties to oversee and support. 

 Interprets and enforces the provisions of the bylaws as well as the Policy and Procedure Manual. 

 Promote by attitude and action, needed to bring about changes and improvements in the child welfare system of care. 

 Provide a vehicle for communication between Florida FAPA members, the Community Based Care agencies, Department of Children and Families and other partners in the system of care in Florida. 

 Act as an information center and research body regarding matters of resources, finances, education and legislation for our members and partners statewide. 

New board members participate in orientation and training, so they can represent and govern the organization. Training sessions shall be held at least annually. 

A Board leadership manual shall be provided to new board members and updated annually for the full board. 

At a minimum, the manual and orientation shall include the following: 

• Articles of Incorporation 

• Bylaws 

• Policy Manual 

• Annual Budget 

• Annual Calendar 

• Organizational Chart 

• Roster of Volunteer Leaders and Staff 

• Recent Minutes 

Positions available for 2020 Elections 

PRESIDENT, EXTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT and TREASURER 

Eligible: 

 Nominations are made to the Nominations Chair prior to the June quarterly general membership meeting of Florida FAPA. At this meeting nominations may also be made from the floor. Once the meeting is adjourned, nominations are closed. 

 For the nominations to be accepted, the nominees must be Partner members of Florida FAPA for one year with a record of at least 50% attendance at Florida FAPA’s quarterly membership meetings, have served on a Florida FAPA committee for one year and/or served on their local association board for a period of one year; and have no member of the same household currently serving on the Board of Directors. 

 Must be a Partner member and dues paid by January 1st in order to be nominated. If the nominee is elected to the office of Florida FAPA President, they may not be president of any other local FAPA at the start of their term. 

 Within 30 days of accepting the nomination the candidate must present to the nomination chair a letter of recommendation from the CBC, copy of current foster care license or final judgment of permanency. 

 In case of a sole nominee, he/she can be elected by acclamation by the Board of Directors. 

Format: 

 Name of nominee contact information 

 Name of person doing the nominating (you may nominate yourself) 

 Reason for nominating this person. 

What to Include: 

 Within 30 days of accepting the nomination the candidate must present a letter from their agency stating they are a licensed foster or adoptive parent in good standing with their agency and are of high moral conduct. This letter will be required each time a candidate in nominated. 

 A personal biography. 

Deadline: 

 Nominations are made to the Nominations Chair prior to the June quarterly general membership virtual meeting of Florida FAPA. At this meeting nominations may also be made from the floor. Once the meeting is adjourned, nominations are closed 

DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT, EXTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT & TREASURER 

Duties of the President: 

 Preside at all regular, special or called meetings of the Board, Executive Committee and the general membership 

 To be responsible for the general management/supervision of the affairs and operation of the Association. 

 To appoint the chairperson of all committees and present them to the Board of Directors for approval by vote and to serve as an ex officio member of those committees. 

 To cast the deciding vote in the event of any tied issues. 

 To officially and publicly represent the Association. 

 To perform such other duties as provided by these Bylaws or as commonly assigned to the office of President. 

 To sign contracts of obligations authorized by the Board of Directors. 

 Along with the Treasurer, and one other Board member, the President will co- sign on checks, drafts, notes, and other payments of monies that are authorized by the Board of Directors. 

 To maintain order and decorum, to respond to parliamentary inquiries, points of order and to maintain impartiality at all meetings. 

 Must not comment on motions during the course of debates unless he/she first vacates the chair of President. He/she may respond to factual questions without vacating the chair. If he/she vacates the chair, he/she should not return to it until membership has disposed of the main motion. 

Duties of the External Vice President: 

 Chair the President’s Council and report to the board. 

 As requested, assist in the development and growth of local associations. 

 Coordinate and oversee the duties of Ambassadors of Legislation, Advocacy, Support, Social Media, and Training. 

 May oversee a CBC, DCF region and local FAPA contact. If assigned, they will establish a relationship with DCF Regional Administration, CBC CEO and FAPA Board at least monthly. 

Duties of the Treasurer: 

 Collect and safeguard all funds of Florida FAPA. 

 Dispense funds as authorized by Executive Board. 

 To be bonded. Florida FAPA and the insurance company will provide the bonding. 

 Keep accurate records of all financial transactions and report to the membership at each quarterly meeting with a print out. 

 Prepare annual report to be audited by the Executive Board prior to the first meeting of the calendar year and to be presented to the membership at the first general membership quarterly meeting of the calendar year. 

 To maintain funds in a bank account that operates state wide. 

 Sign/co-sign checks, drafts notes and orders for payments which have been authorized by the President and Internal VP. 

 May oversee a CBC, DCF region and local FAPA contact. If assigned they will establish a relationship with DCF regional Administration, CBC CEO and FAPA board at least monthly 

 To perform other duties as provided by these Bylaws or as are commonly assigned to the office of Treasurer. 

 To sign and execute contracts in the name of the Association, authorized by the Board of Directors. 

 To prepare a report and mail to the State of Florida as required for contract monies on or before the 15th day of each month. If the 15th should fall on a Saturday or Sunday the report must be prepared and mailed before that date. The DCF financial report is due quarterly on the 15th of the month after the end of the quarter.


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CANCELLED: 2020 FloridaFAPA Conference

Posted April 22, 2020 by FloridaFAPA

A NOTE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

After much discussion and careful consideration we have decided to cancel the 2020 Florida FAPA conference as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.  We are working on holding a virtual conference around the same time and we will keep you informed of the progress we make.

We are sad that we won’t be able to see everyone this June in Orlando but know that we have dates secured for June 11 – 13 2021 and June 10 – 12 2022 at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek will automatically cancel all reservations made under the conference room block and you should receive confirmation from them.  Please remember to cancel any other travel or lodging reservations.

As always Florida FAPA will continue to provide support during this difficult time.  Always feel free to reach out to us directly at amanda@floridafapa.org or info@floridafapa.org and we look forward to seeing you at the annual conference next year.

Amanda Cruce, LCSW
President, Florida FAPA


Governor Ron DeSantis Declares November 2019 National Adoption Month

Posted November 5, 2019 by FloridaFAPA
November 23 is National Adoption Day
At a recent meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor DeSantis presented a resolution declaring November 2019 as National Adoption Month in Florida.
Throughout the month, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) will participate in the “30 Days of Amazing Children” online campaign, sharing stories from some of the 800+ Florida children who are currently waiting to be adopted.
Then, on November 23, National Adoption Day, families throughout Florida and across the nation will come together and celebrate the joy of adoption.
“I know that Florida is filled with good, selfless people who are capable of bringing deserving children into their homes. In fact, this past year, more than 4,500 children were adopted across the state,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.
“I’m proud to support National Adoption Month and continue to bring awareness to this important cause that is improving and enriching so many lives.”“As a mother, it breaks my heart to think of all the children who don’t have the love and support that parents should provide,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis.
“During National Adoption Month, I’m lending my voice to promote adoption and advocate for all of Florida’s children, ensuring they have a nurturing presence in their lives that will allow them to reach their full potential.”
“Governor DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis have been tireless advocates for the work we do at DCF. I’m thankful that they are recognizing National Adoption Month and supporting our statewide effort to connect children with their forever families,” said DCF Secretary Chad Poppell.

“All children deserve a safe, loving home, where they are free from abuse and neglect, and right now, many don’t have that. I encourage all Floridians who are able and willing to adopt to please consider making that life-changing decision.”
The online campaign, “30 Days of Amazing Children” will feature pictures of and stories of children available for adoption and information about the kind of family they hope to join one day. Many of them are teens, sibling groups and children with special needs who have been in the child welfare system for an extended period of time.To learn more about Florida Adoption Month and to view children available for adoption, please visit adoptflorida.org
http://www.flgov.com/child_advocacy

Election Results: New Secretary

Posted November 3, 2019 by FloridaFAPA

Christina Morris won the FloridaFAPA election for Secretary, beating incumbent Curtis Byrd. Her term will begin Jan. 1. (Election was held at the November Quarterly Meeting/Mini Conference, with mail-in ballots and in-person ballots collected.)


Nominations for FloridaFAPA Board now being accepted (CLOSED)

Posted May 6, 2019 by FloridaFAPA

*** NOMINATIONS HAVE CLOSED ***

Nominations Received:
Secretary: Curtis Byrd & Christine Morris
Internal VP: Orlando Avila

*** NOMINATIONS HAVE CLOSED ***

The positions of Secretary and Internal Vice President are up for election this year. The position requirements and descriptions are below (and on the downloadable nomination form.)

Nomination Process 2019

Responsibilities of all members of the Board of Directors

Policy Statement:

• Attend all meetings, face to face or conference call of the Board unless previously excused by the President.
• Participate in the planning, facilitation and implementation of all events supported by FloridaFAPA.
• The Board of Directors is empowered to act for the organization as a whole.
• The Board cannot delegate its decision-making authority to a portion of the membership.
• Each member of the Executive Board will be delegated specific duties to oversee and support
• Interprets and enforces the provisions of the bylaws as well as the Policy and Procedure Manual.
• Promote by attitude and action, needed to bring about changes and improvements in the child welfare system of care.
• Provide a vehicle for communication between Florida FAPA members, the Community Based Care agencies, Department of Children and Families and other partners in the system of care in Florida.
• Act as an information center and research body regarding matters of resources, finances, education and legislation for our members and partners statewide.

New board members participate in orientation and training, so they can represent and govern the organization. Training sessions shall be held at least annually.

A Board leadership manual shall be provided to new board members and updated annually for the full board.

At a minimum, the manual and orientation shall include the following:

• Articles of Incorporation
• Bylaws
• Policy Manual
• Annual Budget
• Annual Calendar
• Organizational Chart
• Roster of Volunteer Leaders and Staff
• Recent Minutes

Duties of the Secretary

• Record the minutes of all Florida FAPA meetings (i.e. specifically Executive Board Meetings, Board of Director Meetings, Membership and President Council meetings and other meetings as requested)
• Draft meetings within 10 working days of the meetings and send to all board members
• Maintain current and accurate copies of all organizational documents (i.e. minutes, by laws, policies and procedures, treasurer reports, etc.)
• Send a calendar invite of the time and place of each meeting to each member of the board at least thirty days prior to meetings
• Responsible for the publication of newsletters, membership, parliamentarian procedure, bylaws and electronic communication with the assistance of External VP, assigned Ambassadors and entire board
• May oversee a CBC, DCF region and local FAPA contact. If assigned they will establish a relationship with DCF regional Administration, CBC CEO and FAPA board at least monthly.

Duties of the Internal Vice President

• Assume responsibilities of president in the absence of the president
• Upon request help organize events as deemed necessary
• Coordinate and oversee the duties of Ambassadors of Conferences, Board Education, Strategic Planning
• May oversee a CBC, DCF region and local FAPA contact. If assigned they will establish a relationship with DCF regional Administration, CBC CEO and FAPA board at least monthly

Nomination Form Instructions

Eligible:
• Nominations are made to the Nominations Chair prior to the June quarterly general membership meeting of FloridaFAPA. At this meeting nominations may also be made from the floor. Once the meeting is adjourned, nominations are closed.
• For the nominations to be accepted, the nominees must be Partner members of FloridaFAPA for one year with a record of at least 50% attendance at Florida FAPA’s quarterly membership meetings, have served on a Florida FAPA committee for one year and/or the same household currently serving on the Board of Directors.
• Must be a Partner member and dues paid by January 1st in order to be nominated. If the nominee is elected to the office of Florida FAPA President, they may not be president of any other local FAPA at the start of their term.
• Within 30 days of accepting the nomination the candidate must present to the nomination chair a letter of recommendation from the CBC, copy of current foster care license or final judgment of permanency.
• In case of a sole nominee, he/she can be elected by acclamation by the Board of Directors.

Format:
• Name of nominee contact information
• Name of person doing the nominating (you may nominate yourself)
• Reason for nominating this person.

What to Include:
• Within 30 days of accepting the nomination the candidate must present a letter from their agency stating they are a licensed foster or adoptive parent in good standing with their agency and are of high moral conduct. This letter will be required each time a candidate in nominated.
• A personal biography

Deadline:
• Nominations are made to the Nominations Chair prior to the June quarterly general membership meeting of Florida FAPA. At this meeting nominations may also be made from the floor. Once the meeting is adjourned, nominations are closed



CHAMPS Seeks Foster Family Stories

Posted April 10, 2019 by FloridaFAPA

The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) is a partner in CHAMPS (children need amazing parents). CHAMPS is collecting stories for National Foster Parent Appreciation Day and we’re reaching out to ask for your help spreading the word. Please see below for more information and share with foster parents and people in or formerly in care.  Let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your help with this project!  

CHAMPS (children need amazing parents) is celebrating National Foster Parent Appreciation Day (May 31) by sharing stories from foster parents and people who have been in foster care.

Selected stories will be shared on social media, on the CHAMPS website, and with policymakers. NACAC is a partner in CHAMPS, seeking to ensure foster parents’ voices are heard. Stories can be written (a short paragraph with a photo) or a short video (30-60 seconds, can be made with a phone). 

Please submit by April 30. What kind of stories?

Here are some ideas to get you started. If you’re a foster parent:

·  What’s one of the best things about being a foster parent?

·  Describe how you have made a difference in a child’s life.

·  Have you recommended foster parenting to others?  If so, what did you say was a reason to do it?  

If you are or were in foster care:

·  What’s one example of something a foster parent did that helped you heal from prior trauma or hardship?

·  What’s an example of an important lesson or value you got from a foster parent?

·  What is something special about a foster parent you know? Would you like to thank a particular foster parent for something she or he did?

·  Being in foster care has a lot of challenges.  What is one thing a foster parent can do to help make it less difficult for young people in care?  

How to submit a storyPlease submit using this Google form: 
https://forms.gle/npuwZC7FX6NqahzP6 

What is CHAMPS? CHAMPS is a national campaign to ensure bright futures for kids in foster care by promoting the highest quality parenting. CHAMPS builds on research that shows loving, supportive families – whether birth, kin, foster or adoptive – are critical to the healthy development of all children. Leveraging this research, CHAMPS aims to spur policy reforms in 20 to 25 states over five years to ensure that foster parents are equipped with the training and support they need to be the best they can. 

CHAMPS also aims to help improve the public’s understanding of foster parenting and create a more positive perception of foster parents. More information is available at:  www.fosteringchamps.org