A Letter From Our President

January 22, 2020

A Message from the President of NHFAPA, Airial Sillanpaa.

I am delighted to report that NHFPAP is well aligned for a strong and prosperous year of service. A new board was elected in November 2019, and Mariellen MacKay has been hired as our executive director. Mariellen comes to us with a glowing resume that includes foster parenting, child advocacy and public service.

NHFAPA is also pleased to share with you updated bylaws. They are viewable on our web site. The bylaw updates will allow us to maintain and grow our own mailing list, which will be independent of any other agency. If you have not yet opted “in” to receive communications from NHFAPA, you can do so by clicking here. We will also be offering a tiered membership system that will enable us to partner with corporate citizens and business within the community. Our bylaw revisions will offer increased support and resources to children and caregivers in New Hampshire.

The connection between governing an organization and directly establishing meaningful change within the community is not always crystal clear. NHFAPA has weathered past growth and leadership struggles. We aim to be approachable, transparent, and supportive. All parts of the child welfare community are mutually valuable. It is vital that we work together in a balanced, and symbiotic way to support those that need us most. I intend to be a better community member by giving it the best I can. There is much work to be done.

I would like to share a final thought regarding philanthropy. While I previously thought philanthropy was fiduciary giving, it truly is so much more than that. All foster parents are natural philanthropists. They give their time, advice, experience, and even tangible resources freely to others. As NHFAPA forms community partnerships, I would like to recognize that our largest and most important partners are our families. Thank you for all that you do to support the children of New Hampshire.


Airial Sillanpaa

NHFAPA, President