Serving as Former Foster Youth Advisor, we welcome China Hall!
China Hall joined the Florida FAPA Board in July of 2023 as the Former Foster Youth Advisor. She is a native-born Floridian who grew up in Pinellas County. China now resides in Manatee County. Her life experiences brought her into foster care at the age of 12. Education was always important to China. She attended year-round school and graduated high school at the age of 16. She has lived on her own since she was 16 and worked her way through college. She has undergraduate degrees in Graphic Design and Psychology. She has a master’s degree in human resources management.
China has held various volunteer roles since becoming an adult to include working at a couple of domestic violence shelters, a homeless shelter, and as a Big Sister with BBBS of the Suncoast for 10 years. She has been on a lifelong healing journey and strives to use her past traumas and experiences to help others.
China married her husband, John in 2000. They have three biological children and began fostering in 2014. In 2015, they adopted their 4th child. They fostered for five years until 2019. China has worked for the Safe Children Coalition since 2020 licensing foster homes. China’s hobbies include photography, writing and volunteer work. She is passionate about foster care. China wants children to be in safe, loving homes and for families to be healed through foster care.
Serving as Board Members at Large, we welcome Jerrod Pfeffer.
Jerrod is the father of 3 girls 15, 13, and 9. He has been fostering for 4 years now and is in the final stages of also becoming a first-time adoptive parent. This is his most important work! Jerrod is the President of the Columbia County FAPA, as well as the Treasurer of the Alachua County FAPA.
Jerrod is the President of a non-profit called The Nest, whose mission is to serve the Adoptive and Foster families of our area in North Florida. The Nest is a CarePortal.org Implementing Partner Agency, and he also acts as the CarePortal Regional Manager covering the Counties of Baker, Columbia, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Madison, and Suwannee. In this role he connects different agencies, churches, and community donors in supporting the CarePortal ecosystem in his area. He lives in a rural area and has a desire to see our foster and adoptive community more connected utilizing the resources available. Professionally, he works for 1sixty8.com media as the Head of Operations and Design/Production overseeing the social media, Website Creation, and marketing of services and products. He also does much freelance work in graphic design and is a hay farmer. Yeehaw!