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. 

The Importance of Prayer for Foster Parents

My Foster Care Blog for September

Hey my friend.  I admit, I struggle at times. There are those days when I just feel I can't go on as a foster parent.  Indeed, as a foster parent, I rely upon God on a daily basis.  I have found that the general society does not really understand or appreciate what foster care is about.  They do not realize what foster children go through each day, nor for that matter what foster parents go through, either.  Even my own friends and family members do not fully understand what my wife and I experience each day as a foster parent, or really why we do it.  I even have family members who question why my wife and I continue to take into our hears and home children who are in need, after all these years, and after all the sleepless nights and stress filled days.  God's call on my life, though, is a strong one, and one that my wife and I cannot ignore, as I am sure it is for you, as well.  Please find my foster care blog for this month by clicking HERE

Here are some other articles you might find of interest this week:

-New child protection laws, policies being implemented.k  Click HERE.

-Helping Foster Children in School SPECIAL Blog  Click HERE.

-You are the Reason and You are the Answer-Why Kids in School Fail. Click HERE.

-Finally, here is my Foster Care 101 video this week. Click HERE to watch.

The latest Kindle eBook Foster Parenting 101: The Power of Prayer for Foster Parenting.  Order your eBook HERE

Support the Adoption Tax Credit

US Senate bill 950 amends the Internal Revenue Code to make the tax credit for adoption expenses refundable.

Read about the tax credit and the fact sheet.

Contact your senator to show your support.

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.


The fine print and what it means for foster care. 

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