Committee Members Needed!

Each committeeVolunteers within the National Foster Parent Association needs more volunteer committee members.  There is a place within NFPA for everyone willing to serve.  No matter your skill level, no matter your education or experience, there is a committee where you will fit right in!  We currently have 5 committees that may be joined by our members and volunteers.

The committees are:

  1. Audit Committee:  This committee is chaired by Peggy Kirby ( and is responsible for monitoring compliance with the Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures, ensures timely audit takes place annually is is submitted to the IRS, and well as, audits expenditures for appropriateness and compliance with the annual budget.
  2. Governance Committee:  This committee is chaired by Bonnie McNulty ( and is responsible for the development of NFPA Bylaws, Board of Director Policy and Procedure, and Strategic Planning.
  3. Programs Committee:  This committee is chaired by Karen Poteet ( and is responsible for the identification and development of new programs, as well as, assessment of current programs within NFPA.  This committee has 5 subcommittees in the areas of:  Public Policy, Walk Me Home, Siblings, Diversity – Native American, LBGTQ, and Military, and Kinship Care.
  4. Finance Committee:  This committee is chaired by Patricia Moroney-Ghanem ( and is responsible for the preparation of the annual budget, monitoring of the budget, ensuring funds are used wisely by the Board of Directors, and generating revenue.
  5. Membership Committee:  This committee is chaired by Stephanie Powell ( and is responsible for growing the NFPA membership, overseeing membership benefits, and covers 3 subcommittees on Communication/Social Media, Conference Planning, and Youth Scholarships.

If you are interested in serving on any of these committees/subcommittees, please let us know immediately!  We want to get you plugged in!  Email Irene Clements (, our Executive Director, or the Committee Chairs of your interest.

Combined Federal Campaign

CFC_1RGBThe Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the workplace giving program of the federal government of the United States.  According to its website, the mission of the CFC “is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all”.

The CFC’s 2015 donation period is between September 1 and December 15, 2015.  The National Foster Parent Association is proud to be one of the charities government employees may choose to support.  If you are a federal employee and are participating in this year’s CFC, please consider making NFPA your charity of choice.  Our charity number is 11817.

For more information about the National Foster Parent Association’s work for families across the country, please watch the video below.

NFPA 2015 CFC Campaign Video


November Mid-Year Meetings in Las Vegas

Las Vegas SignThe National Foster Parent Association Board of Directors and State Affiliates will be holding in-person meetings, November 9-11, 2015, at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.  All members are encouraged to attend.  Please contact any NFPA Board Member if you have items you would like to have discussed at the meeting.  State Affiliates can also be reached to bring state level concerns to their attention.

Purposeful Parenting Videos Teach Foster Parents Best Parenting Methods

Congratulations to Rhonda Sciortino on her Purposeful Parenting video series on how best to work with abused or neglected children. Foster parents will be able to view live action scenarios on how to best respond to common themes seen with children in foster, kinship, and foster to adopt care.  The National Foster Parent Association is excited to share this information with our members!

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CECANF Deliberations’ Schedule


Schedule for Upcoming CECANF Deliberations

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities
To Hold Public Meetings by Teleconference

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a federal advisory committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 (P. L. 112-275), will hold a series of open meetings by teleconference on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 24, 2015: 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
  • Friday, October 30, 2015: 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015: 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, December 3, 2015: 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

The Commission will convene these meetings to discuss testimony received, review work of its subcommittees, and develop recommendations for its final report.

Individuals interested in participating may join the teleconferences by dialing 1.800.870.9004 and entering the following passcode: *3676137#.

Members of the public will not have the opportunity to ask questions or otherwise participate in the meeting. Comments may be submitted via the Contact Us section of the website.

Agendas and supporting documents for the meetings as well as meeting minutes will be posted to the CECANF website as they come available.

Visit the CECANF website for further information.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter @cecanfCommission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, NW, Room 7003D
Washington, DC 20405
Attn: Tom Hodnett (CD) for CECANF