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

May is National Foster Care Month

SCFAPA's president David Sharp outlines 10 realistic things you can do to support Foster Care. 


Foster Talk with Dr. John!

Our own David Sharp is the featured guest on the online radio show Foster Talk with Dr. John on Monday, July 21 at 7 PM Eastern.  You can listen to the show live and call-in with your questions.

You can also listen to past shows.


Online Safety for Foster Kids

Are you Keeping your Foster Child (or Birth Children) Safe Online?  Read John DeGarmo's Foster Care Blog for May.


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.

American Optometric Assoc. recommends baby's first exam at 6 months

See Resources page


Adoption Tax Credit

The adoption tax credit has been made permanent!  See more on the Advocacy page.


 

SCFAPA receives certificate of commendation

At the Greater Birmingham Foster Night Out, the President of the National Foster Parent Association, Irene Clements, presented the SCFAPA with a Certificate of Commendation for excellence in leadership.

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