A Message from the Executive Director – Sept. 26, 2018

A Message from the Executive Director

September 26, 2018

Greetings Foster and Adoptive Families and Community Members.

Have you seen the NH Foster, Adoptive, and Relative Caregiver Conference brochure? Foster Parent advocacy is proving to be a very popular topic and the lineup of presenters is impressive. This year’s conference is dedicated to the memory of Eileen Mullen, who passed away in August. We’ll have an exciting announcement about an annual scholarship NHFAPA will offer to a youth in care to honor Eileen’s tireless efforts on behalf of New Hampshire children.

Registration for the 2018 NHFAPA Conference is over 50% already and we anticipate the event will sell out. Be sure to register soon!

Many of you know that Stephanie Sullivan resigned her position as president, and Deb Bradley has assumed the role of interim President. The Board of Directors is currently researching new talent to fill recent vacancies, and an announcement will soon be made regarding the composition of the newly enhanced NHFAPA Board of Directors.

With a fully functional Board, NHFAPA will enter into a strategic planning phase. We will seek input from members and form a focus group to gather information from those directly impacted by the services NHFAPA can provide to its members. Town Hall meetings will be scheduled after the annual conference and with enough notice so that everyone may plan to attend.

I would also like to announce that NHFAPA has given away over $8,000 in grants to kids in care so far this year! Most of these have been in small amounts for things like sports and music lessons, with dozens of children and families being served. We are finally this year beginning to fulfill our mission of assisting foster families in concrete ways. We are able to do this only with wise management of our resources – and that is how the NHFAPA Board aims to proceed both now and in the future.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or need additional information, feel free to reach out to me at bobbie_gaudette@yahoo.com.

Thank you for all you do for our kids,

Bobbie Gaudette, NHFAPA Executive Director