The Foster & Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center (FAPAC) gives critical support to the foster, kinship, and adoptive families who care for children in the District of Columbia's child welfare system.
FAPAC's mission is to significantly improve the lives of children in the District of Columbia child welfare system by empowering their foster, kinship, and adoptive parents to advocate for their children's needs and ensuring the inclusion of those perspectives at every relevant table.
FAPAC works to heal children by empowering families. To accomplish this goal, we
- Offer intensive trainings to enable foster parents to build their capacity to parent children who have experienced neglect and abuse.
- Provide comprehensive support to assist families who are struggling to navigate the system to get services for children in their homes.
- Develop advocacy skills of families so that they can better advocate for the needs of the children in their homes, and can help other families to do the same.
- Coordinate and organize the foster, kinship, and adoptive parent community to participate in policy review, meetings, and projects alongside of the professionals who serve our children so that they can participate at tables of systemic reform.
- Build partnership and collaboration between foster parents and social workers, and foster parents and birth parents, and among agencies, so that children are better served.
|"FAPAC has provided a safe haven for me as a foster parent to go for support and good advice on many areas that come up while taking the city's children into my home. Just knowing that they are there and the mission that they have established makes me feel so much better about what I do as a foster parent."
Important Announcements & Program Updates
FAPAC is seeking foster parents who have parented children with behavioral and emotional issues to participate in a focus group on Monday November 10 @ 11 am at FAPAC. This group will be facilitated by the national organization Child Trends. They will be interested in learning from you about your experiences, specifically to hear what areas of parenting provide the most challenge to you; to get your recommendations on those additional skills or strategies you feel could enhance your ability to care for children who are dealing with trauma; and to share any experiences you may have had learning and using Trauma Systems Therapy (TST). This focus group has been endorsed by CFSA with the purpose to inform further trainings in DC, as well as in other jurisdictions. Participation is voluntary. The session will last 60-90 minutes and participants will receive $30 in compensation for your time.
Please respond to email@example.com by October 31 to reserve a spot. Spaces are limited to 12 participants.
FAPAC's Family Link Icebreaker Program has been transferred to Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). Starting October 1st, 2014, all Family Link icebreakers will be coordinated and facilitated "in-house" by CFSA staff. Click here for more information.
FAPAC's monthly Clinical Rap Group (CRG) Reunions are now open to all resource parents serving DC kids, not just the graduates of our eight-week long clinical rap group. Click here to sign up for one of our upcoming gatherings.
Mobile Stabilization Services (MSS) are available through CFSA thanks to a new partnership with PSI Family Services and Catholic Charities. MSS is a 24/7 service geared towards foster parents who are experiencing destabilizing situations with children in their homes and need assistance providing stabilization/ intervention in order to preserving the placement. Click here for more information about how to access services.