The latest news about Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association:

Board Members Wanted!

Posted January 4, 2023 by FloridaFAPA

Happy 2023! Florida FAPA is looking to fill vacancies on its board. Board members serve a 2-year term, with a total of 6 years in a position. Board members play to their strengths, participate in monthly board calls, submit state-wide paperwork and attend Florida FAPA conferences virtually and in person.

Florida FAPA is seeking some of the following skills:

Pro Bono Atty (Family Law)

Grant Writer


Support Funding (i.e. in-kind companies, donating services, food, etc)

Licensed mental health worker

Graphic Designer/social media

Areas that we would like to see (but not required):

Panhandle, Tallahassee, Tampa area, Rural, southern east coast

Call for workshop proposals for FloridaFAPA Annual Education Conference

Posted January 4, 2023 by FloridaFAPA

Florida FAPA is pleased to announce the 2023 FloridaFAPA Annual Education Conference call for Workshop Proposals.  The Annual conference will host hundreds of foster, adoptive, kinship caregivers and child welfare professionals.  

Selection Criteria:

We are seeking proposals on topics such as: advocacy, trauma informed care, various behavior issues, domestic violence or substance abuse, the adoption process, human trafficking, understanding the court system, importance of GAL, early childhood courts, lgbtq+, empowering youth, working with teenagers, kinship/relative caregivers, post adoption support, changes in the dependency process, birth parent/family connections,  and self-care. 


*All handouts are the responsibility of the presenter. 

*Presenters are responsible for providing their own laptop at the conference.

*The following will be set in each classroom, LCD projector, projection screen. (If you have a quality projector that you are comfortable with, feel free to bring it, as provided projectors are basic models.)


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Thank you, Amanda!

Posted January 3, 2023 by FloridaFAPA

Amanda, Thank you for the past 4 years of service as President of FloridaFAPA.  We have seen growth in all aspects of the association.  You have been integral to the important advances we have made, and for that, we Thank You for your service.  Even though you will not be our President, you will still be here working with us to build a better Association for the betterment of the families we serve.

Editor’s Note: Amanda’s terms as President of FloridaFAPA ended on on Dec. 31.

2022 Election Update

Posted June 25, 2022 by FloridaFAPA

We are excited to announce the following nominations have been received, vetted and accepted for the Election Process of the Florida FAPA:

President – Lynda Thompson

External Vice President – Melanie Stimmell

Treasurer – Paul Vernon

No Ballot will be needed as per the Bylaws, in case of a sole nominee, he/she can be elected by acclamation by the Board of Directors.

**Michele Connizzo declined nomination for President; Gerald Waters did not meet the election requirements specified in the bylaws, so his nomination was disqualified.


We are excited to announce the following nominations have been received for the Election Process of the Florida FAPA :


  • Michele Connizzo
  • Lynda Thompson
  • Gerald Waters

External Vice President

  • Melanie Stimmell


  • Paul Vernon

We will be vetting each nominee to see if they meet the criteria and will post the update next week.


Due to a faux pas at our membership meeting, we are opening elections until June 29 at midnight. Elections that are open are for executive board positions: President, External Vice President, Treasurer

Please see attached responsibilities and submit applicants on the link below or to the chair Christina Morris (


This year the following positions are up for election:




For information (including nominations) see the attached file

Conference Has Kicked Off!

Posted June 10, 2022 by FloridaFAPA

Follow the FloridaFAPA 26th Annual Education Conference on our Facebook and Twitter feeds!

We’ll post throughout the weekend!

Governor DeSantis, DCF and Child Welfare Advocates Celebrate Florida Foster Family Appreciation Week

Posted February 12, 2021 by FloridaFAPA

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Ron DeSantis has proclaimed this week, February 8-12, 2020, as Florida Foster Family Appreciation Week to acknowledge the thousands of foster parents in the state who provide love, care, and support to foster children every day.

“Many people talk of wanting to make the world a better place – these families are doing it,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The impact that a foster family can make in a child’s life can truly change their entire future. I’m thankful for these families who have selflessly opened their hearts and homes to care for vulnerable children.”

“These families make an incredible difference for children across our state and we celebrate their lasting impact on these young lives,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis.

“Florida is blessed to have so many outstanding foster parents who help to nurture them and create stability in their day-to-day lives”

“Foster parents aren’t just caregivers, they’re bedtime story readers, lunchbox packers, and family game night referees – they’re truly the ‘love’ in our system, and we’d be lost without them,” said Department of Children and Families Secretary Chad Poppell.

“Right now, there are just over 8,000 licensed foster families, including relative and non-relative caregivers, giving their time, energy, homes, and hearts to ensure every child has a safe, happy place to lay their head at night. We are incredibly grateful for them.”

Florida has approximately 10,500 children residing with foster families while they await reunification with their biological family or to be adopted. DCF contracts with community-based care agencies throughout the state to conduct training, background screening, and licensing before pairing children with foster families.

“Foster families are true champions in communities across Florida, providing safe, stable, supportive homes for abused and neglected children,” said Kurt Kelly, CEO and President of the Florida Coalition for Children. “Our foster families commit each day to the crucial job of teaching children and birth families how to heal, thrive, and create a successful future for themselves.”

“Florida’s an amazing place to be a foster parent. We are surrounded by agency, staff, and community that all come together to help foster families. Foster parents are often the backbone of a case, helping children heal, families learn, and, ultimately, helping put family and community back together again. We’re honored that that is recognized regularly in Florida,” said Amanda Cruce, President of the Florida Foster/Adoptive Parent Association.

In 2020, the Governor, First Lady, and Secretary Poppell announced new initiatives to support and grow the foster community. The first, MyFloridaMyFamily, is a multi-purpose online portal that allows faith and community organizations to lend help to foster families and biological families facing hardships. The other, Florida’s Foster Information Center (1-83-FOSTERFL), brings together current and former foster parents to man a phone line for prospective foster parents that provides answers, guidance, and support.

If you or your organization want to become involved in supporting vulnerable children and families through fostering, service, or donations, please visit to learn more.

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