Shelby County Foster and

   Adoptive Parent Association


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SCFAPA strengthens foster families through:

  • locally focused advocacy
  • training and education
  • publications
  • networking among foster parents, SCDHR, and other associated entities

Vision:  A state where children feel loved and thrive, and caregivers are fully empowered and recognized as expert partners in fostering healthy families.


The President's Pen

Adoption is often a child's best goal!

SCFAPA's president David Sharp looks at how outcomes can vary for foster children who are returned to their birth families. 


November is National Adoption Month

Explore this year's National Adoption Month website and the AdoptUSKids website to find resources to help promote and support sibling connections in adoption.


Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

Read a nice summary of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act which became federal law on Sept 14, 2014.
  • directs states to create policies to prevent at-risk youth from sex trafficking
  • directs states to create standards for youth enrichment and activities
  • improves adoption incentive programs

The Chronicle of Social Change

Here are three great articles from the Chronicles of Social Change, an online periodical.


Brain Research on Bonding

See the Advocacy page for a great article on bonding in children on out of home care and adoption.

New Healthcare Coverage for Alumni of Foster Care

Were you in Foster Care? Are you younger than 26 years old? You get Medicaid Health Insurance! But you have to act now! It's free to sign up!

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid benefits will been extended to youth who left foster care at 18 years old or older and will be younger than 26 years old on January 1, 2014, then you can get Medicaid health insurance coverage until you are 26 years old. But you have to sign up!
 
If you are a teenager or young adult who will be leaving foster care soon, talk with your caseworker about signing up so you will have Medicaid health insurance until you are 26 years old.
 
Learn how to sign up at the American Academy of Pediatrics site.

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