MODERNIZING FOSTER CARE

MODERNIZING FOSTER CARE
Jim and Mary Kenny

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The foster care system has failed to keep pace with changing family life styles. Fewer stay-at-home moms are available when both parents work. In addition, families have become more urban. Changing jobs, more moving, and longer commuting times reflect life in the city. Fewer people reside in long-term communities. Neighborhood support has diminished. As a result, the recruitment and retention of foster families has become more difficult.
Foster families are key players along the road to permanence. The shortage of appropriate foster families has been hidden by our failure to keep track of the number and types of homes available. This lack of hard data has been partially remedied by a review of hundreds of recent local news reports. Although the shortage varies by locale and special populations served, it is real and likely to worsen.

In May, 2015, nearly one out of seven wards in our welfare system was living in a group home (Annie E. Casey Foundation). That amounts to 57,000 children at a cost seven to ten times higher than foster care. Approximately 23,000 of these children had no medical disability or behavioral problem that might warrant such a restrictive and expensive placement. These and other sources confirm a common perception:
Although general shortages tended to vary by state and by county, foster homes for special populations were in universal demand. Homes were needed for teens, sibling groups, minority groups of Blacks and Hispanics, and for health-challenged children. Homes within the child’s social and cultural milieu were rare. Distance was a factor. Too often the child had to be placed so far from the birth parent that reunification became geographically difficult.

Another serious problem was the misuse of those foster homes that were available. Foster homes in some areas were dangerously overcrowded. Also, because of the absence of any alternative, there were reports of foster parents being allowed to skip required training and to violate policies.

Adding to the problem, foster home shortages were said to be a major cause of high staff turnover. Caseworkers are already overworked. Examples were given of case loads of 90 clients where the CW was still required to handle emergencies for two additional uncovered case loads. This heavy responsibility is compounded by having to spend an inordinate amount of time searching for a proper foster home for a newly removed child. Annual caseworker turnover was reported as high as thirty-five percent.
Maintaining the Birth Home
The first and best way to deal with the shortage of foster families is to reduce our need for them. Prevention and early safe reunification offer two obvious strategies.

Removal of a child almost always offers a Sophie’s choice. On the one hand, the child has to be protected physically. On the other, separating the child from the only family he may have known is social surgery and may cause even more harm. Have we sometimes been too hasty with our “remove-to-protect” response? Can we let the child remain in the home and still keep him or her physically safe? What resources do we need to accomplish this?

Concerned relatives, if they can be found, offer the best chance for family stability and are the least disruptive. An immediate inventory of the birth parents’ extended family may open up several possibilities. Is there a caring relative who might be willing to move in as a temporary nanny or mother’s helper? They can model homemaking skills while giving birth mother time to correct the issues that might lead to the removal of her child. Background and reference checks on kin can be accomplished on an emergency basis.

If the relative does not actually move in, might they drop by and monitor progress daily until safety can be assured? Care by kin lessens the culture shock for the child and can make eventual reunification easier.

Going beyond kin, might special foster parents be identified who are willing to provide a similar form of emergency care? Going still further, an innovative caseworker might be able to mobilize community care and support for mother and child. Churches and other helping organizations might be recruited to watch over mother’s rehabilitation while keeping the initial family together. Obviously, mobilizing and supervising these support systems would require more work for the caseworker. The benefit, in those cases where such a plan was appropriate, would be to maintain the birth home.

A brief period of haphazard uncertainty usually follows the removal of a child. A three-day transitional placement would offer an interlude while thought can be given to the next step: possible reunification or a search for the most appropriate placement.

If the child must be removed, offer birth mother an initial reunification plan within 24 hours. This is not brain surgery. Address the problems directly that led to the removal and offer a way to correct them. If the housing is substandard, new housing must be found. If the parents have little parenting skill or the child was left alone, attend parent training classes. If a boyfriend abused the child, get rid of the boyfriend. If one or both parents were on drugs, they may need to seek treatment and pass random drug screens. And so on. The plan can later be approved and/or improved in court, but the clock will already be ticking, either on the way to reunification or toward termination. Most importantly, the truly concerned mother has the opportunity to begin working immediately to get her child back.

The Foster Families We Need

Foster families are the displaced child’s number one resource. To properly serve abused and neglected children, the temporary placement should be tailored to their requirements. What type of homes are we lacking? Here is a shopping list.

Foster children need experienced parents to cope with the special challenges. A training course is not sufficient. Virgin parents will have little or no hands-on understanding of how and why a neglected or abused child behaves as he or she does.

Except for sibling groups, no more than two foster children should be placed with a family. Otherwise, overcrowding is likely to prevent the individual attention that most foster children crave and need.

The foster home should be within a one-hour drive from the birth home. Without reasonable access, attempts at reunification will be badly compromised.

To allow time for locating the best placement and a brief med/psych evaluation, short-term holding places, ideally with a family, should be recruited for newly removed children. Time in the transition home should be no more than 72 hours.

Hispanic, black, and other minority families are currently in short supply. Language, hair styles, food, music, and many other ethnic customs need to be understood and accommodated to avoid more severe culture shock. The foster child has suffered shock enough.

Children with medical and psychological disabilities will require families capable of dealing with their special needs. This requires families with additional experience and/or training.

Recruiting Strategies for Today

Here are several strategies for recruiting and retaining foster families. Some are new. Others are in place, but may require a more concerted effort.
• Hire emancipated foster children and adoptees to use their internet skills in blitzing YouTube and Facebook with advertising for foster parents.
• Design appealing ads using the faces of children in need, coupled with catchy phrases. The old Peace Corps slogan comes to mind: “The toughest job you’ll ever love.”
• Hire foster and adoptive parents to do the recruiting from among their many contacts. Hire them to do foster parent training as well.
• Offer premiums for those who attend a program on foster care. Perhaps a free meal or craft items made by foster children. Award bonuses to successful recruiters.
• Recruit beyond traditional family lifestyles. Target single parents. Gay parents. Parents who work from their home who might have more flex-time for child-rearing.
• Appeal to and target special families who might be attracted to a child with different personal or cultural needs. The successful approach of You Gotta Believe with “Ten Really Great Reasons to Foster a Teen” is one example. Consider ethnic appeals to black and Hispanic families.
• Approach local churches directly with visits and flyers. Provide programs to church groups on the need for foster parents. “One Church/One Child” is an example of a successful religious commitment.
• Make national appeals for foster parents. This will help local and state recruiters, and may also open the way for placements and adoptions across state lines when parental rights have already been terminated.
• To fill in our shortfall of foster parents, we might also recruit mother’s helpers for struggling birth parents, mentors for foster children, and other support persons.
Modernizing Foster Care
The suggestions made so far call for a more concerted effort within our present system. To continue to provide personal in-home services in today’s world, however, foster care must be open to more significant changes.
Today’s business world offers many instances of how service enterprises have streamlined their efforts. Take UBER for example. UBER is not just another taxi service but an entirely new model, using technology to directly connect drivers and clients. Quality is monitored by a digital request for customer comments and ratings. Despite preliminary skepticism, the approach has been successful, with significant customer satisfaction.

What might the foster care system glean and adapt from some of these innovations? Clearly there are major differences. Foster children need a home, not a brief service. The involvement of biological parents, foster parents, case manager, agency, courts, CASA, and more make utilizing foster families more complicated than selecting transportation. Nevertheless, here are four innovative ideas adapted from the UBER approach that might benefit the foster care system.

Maximize Income for the Basic Service Providers

Our current foster care system pays everyone but the ones who work 24/7 and bear the heaviest burdens of care and responsibility. That is a lot to expect of volunteers. The per diem foster parents receive is not considered income but simply a reimbursement for expenses.

We don’t expect volunteers to handle other serious problems. We pay people to care for those who are seriously ill, to provide residential care for our elderly, and those who provide daytime child care for working parents. We value these tasks and expect to pay for them. Yet we call on volunteers and lean on their generosity to take care of our most vulnerable children

To compete with the lure of a job in the outside world, we need to provide the stay-at-home foster parent with reasonable compensation, the equivalent of a second income. Treat women’s work fairly for the great value it provides.

Adequate compensation for foster parents offers many advantages. Recruitment would improve dramatically. The offer of a reasonable salary with benefits would attract a considerably larger number and variety of family homes. No more need for begging within a shrinking pool of homebound parents willing to donate their services. Child welfare departments and agencies would not have to settle for just anyone who “makes the cut” but would likely have choices.

Standard hiring practices, using references, resumes, background checks, and interviews would replace the current variety of home study formats. Contracts would provide for better control. By signing a contract for a defined time period, the critical foster home resource would stabilize.

Employment opportunities would be available for adults who wish to work from the home. Those with the desire and capacity to offer nurture and effective discipline to children would be valued. Interpersonal abilities, an underrated resource in our technological society, would become a job skill.

Can we afford to pay foster parents? Where will we find the money? The answer lies in assessing our priorities. Our economy is the largest in the world. How we allocate our resources is a subject constantly being debated. We need to ask where our vulnerable kids fit within our financial system.

Some savings would result from compensating foster parents. Recruiting and retention would become less costly. Contracting for services would encourage the use of standard cost-saving business practices. Weekly monitoring of both the birth and foster home would shorten the time spent in temporary care. Permanence within one year, the desired goal set by federal legislation (ASFA), could be achieved more frequently. This would be good for children as well as the budget. Spending to minimize damages today will save money later in increased social costs like public assistance, homelessness, and mental health needs.

Others have objected that paying foster parents is hopelessly complicated. How could compensation be tailored to amount to a second family income? Would separate contracts be offered for each child in care? Would they be time-limited, a pairing of part-time contracts? Would foster parents be paid a token amount simply for being available? What about benefits? For tax purposes, income would need to be separated from reimbursement. While complicated, the structuring of foster family contracts is certainly not impossible. Workers today perform in a variety of settings, time frames, and structures. Foster parents too can be compensated using similar models.

The most serious objection is that paying for foster cares will delay permanence. Reunification or adoption might be discouraged. However, a judicious use of contracts and bonuses might resolve this problem. Contracts for payment might be time-limited for each child, with a bonus offered for a permanent home.

Some have argued that the love of money would replace the love of a child. This is bogus. Many employees love what they do and do it well. Payment for child care does not mean that foster parents will be less compassionate.

Use Technology to Reduce Administrative Costs

By putting the customer and the driver in direct contact with each other, UBER has made their taxi services both more efficient and less expensive. Digital technology offers all service enterprises the chance to streamline their operations. For the hiring of new foster families, the internet offers a quicker and more thorough way to perform background checks, obtain resumes and references, and document the information provided in a home visit.

Further, caseworkers can use the internet to monitor the birth parents and the foster parents on progress with the case plan. Checks on compliance with medical appointments, school attendance, visitation, handling of complaints, and other required actions can be updated regularly. Home visits are still important but digital checking makes it easier to keep track of weekly progress and provides digital documentation of compliance or the lack of it.

Technology can reduce administrative costs by streamlining many middle and upper management jobs. Administrators might be freed to focus more directly on providing client services.

Promote a Team Approach

Think of the foster parents and birth parent(s) as a ground-level team similar to the relationship between the UBER driver and passenger. The caseworker can involve the birth parent from the beginning. Ask the birth parent to suggest relatives who might help. Describe potential foster families and seek her input in the selection of where her child might be placed. Work with her to plan the time, place, and conditions of visitation. Would she like to bring a friend or relative with her to visits in the foster home or meetings with her caseworker?
Treat foster parents as partners. Notify them of all case conferences and court hearings along with an invitation or request to attend. Support the right of foster parents to present oral and written reports and make recommendations. They may know the child in their care better than any other attendee. Provide them with some respite. Enlist other licensed foster parents to give them an occasional weekend off. Offer a “customer service” hotline to answer questions about allegations, per diem, subsidies, medical and school problems, issues with the birth parent, parenting, and much else.
Teamwork implies transparency. Secret and hidden reports beget paranoia. Non-confidential information, positive and negative, might be open. The team members would know where they stand. By sharing concerns, birth and foster parents might better understand one another. Birth parents might feel less competitive and resentful. Foster parents might become more sympathetic toward the birth parents and even slip into the role of mentors. Teams are a good antidote to one-way thinking. If a team can be built, the real beneficiary will be the child.

Control Quality through Feedback

Invite regular feedback from all parties, following the example of companies like Amazon and UBER. Ask the caseworkers, birth parents, and foster parents to regularly assess one another. Each player would thereby have the opportunity to rate and comment on the other two. Birth parents and foster parents would gain a voice which hopefully would encourage better service and help reduce the current diet of complaints and allegations. The caseworker would be kept abreast of the situation, and permanence might be achieved more quickly. Failure to participate in a feedback system would be documented in the case record and convey its own message of lack of cooperation. A wise use of feedback might lead to better communication. To the extent feedback is positive, it could encourage the players to work as a team.

Summary

When a child is seriously neglected or abused, the role of state welfare is to protect the child, usually by removing him or her from an unsafe situation. Temporary placement in an appropriate foster family setting provides the best intermediate step en route to finding a permanent home through reunification or adoption. The best interests of the child are served if this can be done expeditiously, within one year. Foster families provide the key link between abuse and a safe permanent home.

We are currently facing a shortage of available foster homes. The first remedy is prevention: Maintain the birth home when safety can be assured and monitor the case plan weekly to shorten the time in foster care.

What can be done to reverse the loss of foster families? Both traditional and new recruitment strategies have been suggested, along with four innovative approaches that might make fostering more attractive and our system more effective. The easiest path is to do nothing. Change always involves difficulties. If the issue is important and critical, however, and the will is there, a way can be found.

About the Authors-Jim and Mary Kenny are the parents of twelve children, four of whom were adopted, and have been foster parents to many more. They have authored nine books and many articles on parenting and foster care matters. Jim was a social worker and a practicing psychologist with doctorates in both psychology and anthropology. Mary is a CPA.

Talking With Older Youth About Adoption

Talking With Older Youth About Adoption

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Older youth may have some concerns about adoption, like the belief that they are being disloyal to their birth families or they don’t understand the value of permanency when they are so close to the perceived freedom of adulthood. As a professional, it can be difficult to know what questions to ask and what language to use in conversations with older youth about adoption.

This year’s National Adoption Month website features a downloadable tip sheet, “Talking With Older Youth About Adoption,” which was created to help you navigate conversations with youth. It includes sample questions and suggestions for reframing permanency discussions.

Also visit Involving and Empowering Older Youth to learn more about how engaging and involving youth in the process promotes permanency and improves practice. This information is designed to be used in tandem with resources dedicated to recruiting,
developing, and supporting adoptive families.

Visit the 2016 National Adoption Month website today and take our survey! Stay connected! Keep the conversations going by following us on Facebook and Twitter and using hashtags #NAM2016, #AdoptionMonth, and #JustAskUs!

For more information on National Adoption Month, contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at 1.800.394.3366 or info@childwelfare.gov.

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students

NFPA Youth Scholarship for Continuing Education Students

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NFPA proudly announces that it will be awarding a scholarship to a student who is continuing their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year. The scholarship application period will begin in mid-January for the 2017-2018 school year. Please check our website, www.nfpaonline.org for qualifications and application materials.

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www.gluckgear.com Supports NFPA

www.gluckgear.com Supports NFPA

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Check out our newest NFPA supporter – GLUCK Gear! If you are looking at great quality shirts, fishing gear, surfing gear, coolers, etc, then this is the website for you. Thanks to the owners of GLUCK Gear for their support of foster families and the children they so valiantly serve day in and day out. Their partnership with NFPA will bring much needed funds to help NFPA better serve these families and children. This is a win-win for you, as the consumer……great merchandise while supporting the work of NFPA. Just go to www.gluckgear.com.

About GLUCK Gear

The Gluck logo was created as a way for people to say “Good Luck”. Gluck is slang for Good Luck. Our family has used this phrase since I was a child, based on a short-story written by Patrick McManus.

The short term goal is to create a logo, brand products, sell them, to support the National Foster Parent Association. In the beginning we will be donating money to the National Foster Parent Association who support the hundreds of thousands of families in the foster system. The long term goal is to continue to donate the National Foster Parent Association, as well as, build a fund, to buy a ranch/camp to offer a place to say thanks to foster parents in addition to provide a place for foster kids to just be kids and enjoy themselves.

A purchase from GluckGear.com supports foster Kids and the National Foster Parent Association. A minimum of 10% of proceeds will be donated annually to the National Foster Parent Association. Let’s get this to “catch on” where we can, Gluck to all, It’s Catchy!

Thank you, The Stiles’

Understanding Noncompliance Launches on FosterParentCollege.com®

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Eugene, OR – FosterParentCollege.com® announced today the immediate availability of the new, highly-interactive course Understanding Noncompliance which is part of an online, advanced parenting workshop series.
“Most parents appreciate and expect cooperation for their children,” says Dr. Rick Delaney, the instructor for the course. “Foster, kinship, and adoptive parents have a challenging job in helping a child
learn to balance his or her own needs, with the need to be a cooperative member of the family.”
Understanding Noncompliance is a six credit hour course which
uses discussion exercises and interactions with a teaching
assistant to delve deep into the reasons children are
noncompliant. The course focuses on the relationship between
compliance and past trauma experiences. Topics include the
spectrum of cooperation and noncompliance, understanding how
trauma contributes to a child’s noncompliant behavior, and
helping a child deal with the aftereffects of trauma. With the help
of Dr. Delaney and his assistants, participants examine two family studies and explore parenting strategies for youth in care who are noncompliant.
The creation of Understanding Noncompliance was made possible through a Small Business Innovation Research Grant (#R44 HD056645) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to Northwest Media, Inc., parent company of FosterParentCollege.com.
This highly-interactive web course is available 24/7 on the FosterParentCollege.com website FosterParentCollege.com® provides interactive, online training for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents. There are over 50 self-paced courses available at this time, including three additional courses in the Advanced Parenting Workshop series on anger, lying, and taking things.
For more information about Understanding Noncompliance contact Lee White at
Lee@Northwestmedia.com

The National Foster Parent Association is pleased to partner with FosterParentCollege.com, a premier provider of online education for foster families.  NFPA receives $1 from FosterParentCollege.org for every training ordered through the NFPA website.

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How to Negotiate With Kids …

How to Negotiate With Kids …

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(Article for Fostering Families Magazine)
September 2016

Life with kids often involves negotiation, whether we like it or not. According to Scott Brown, author of How to Negotiate With Kids Even When You Think You Shouldn’t, “The negotiation between parents and kids can actually be a great learning experience for your kids.

Young children, preschoolers, and even teenagers struggle with common conflicts and arguments. As a bio of two, foster of approximately 300 and adoptive parent of six, I have had struggles over many things: I don’t want to take a nap; I want to do it by myself; I can’t dress myself; I don’t want to play! Families also have different cultural values around conflict.
Negotiations are the absolute lifeblood of relationships. Consciously or unconsciously, we put negotiations into play in every relationship and in every family. The process goes on constantly. You negotiate the rules, the power distribution, the standards, the goals, the patterns, the rhythms and the practice of your family.

Katia Hetter, author of “How to negotiate with kids” offers tips for teaching your child the art of negotiation. In the article she states; “don’t be afraid, any good negotiator knows that you can simply say, ‘I’m sorry I was wrong but be careful to fully examine each and every negotiation before making a decision’. Your child will be glad that you took the time to listen to them.

I know my situation isn’t special. Children can debate every aspect of their daily life. It’s our job as a parent to set the boundaries, direct the important choices and instill the values and morals you deem important for your child. At the same time, when involved in any negotiations, you should always strive to listen to your children’s concerns so they at least know they’ve been heard. Explanations about the rules can be teachable moments, even if the rules are non-negotiable.

Children have a completely natural ability to negotiate and (in my experience) they end up winning if you don’t understand the art of negotiation! Grown-up professional people, manipulated and beaten into exhausted submission by toddlers and preschoolers. Kids are going to test limits…it’s their job.
So how does a parent, care provider, relative etc…negotiate in the midst of childhood emotion? Mr. Brown, urges parents not to deal with the emotion with hard cold logic. Here are some checkpoints for successful negotiations.

• Communicate clearly
• Respect the other person
• Recognize and clearly define the problem
• Seek solutions from a variety of sources
• Collaborate to reach a mutual solution
• Be reliable
• Preserve the relationship

If you don’t negotiate with your children, they may not learn how to deal with conflicts constructively. If you don’t teach them how to work with you, they may not learn how to work with others. Children, who feel they have a voice often, feel empowered. Children, who feel they have power usually, feel safe and secure.

In some ways, parents confuse negotiating with somehow empowering their child. Believe me when I tell you, allowing your child to negotiate for things ‘does not’ empower them. Instead, what empowers them is helping them understand their limits. It’s more calming and secure when families have rules that make sense to children and they know where and what those boundaries are. What we as parents forget sometimes, is that it’s our job to stand firm.

Rethink the Conflict…
Rethinking the conflict is one good way to remember how to approach conflict and to begin negotiating. The most effective parents may be like an effective negotiator. They are able to listen, take deep breaths and calm themselves. This will help them think through the process before engaging with their children in an exchange that solves the problem. This will help preserves the relationship with the children in their home. It will also help set an example for managing rather than antagonize conflict. Many times a sense of humor helps the situation along with loads of patience, love and understanding.
Mr. Brown reminds us; “Don’t negotiate everything, not everything is negotiable”. Some of the things that may fall under non-negotiable may be Health, Safety, family rules and Personal Bounders. Realize that a lot of the time, there’s nothing to negotiate. If you have set down family rules then there may not be anything to negotiate. Be clear and concise about the structure of how you handle business in your home. Once you let them ‘over-negotiate’ or wear you down, then your children may never knows if this time they going to get lucky. The child doesn’t know if he’ll get his way this time or not. The truth is we are the ones who train our kids to do that.

Child nagging is a learned behavior that a child of any age can pick up. The child might continue to use it because once, in a moment of weakness, you gave in and let them stay up an extra hour after they asked for the tenth time. Learn the difference in successful negotiation and manipulation. Despite our disappointments and our failures, we must teach our children how to negotiate. I know if I don’t teach my children to think for themselves, they won’t be able to make big decisions as they gets older.

Children with authoritarian parents who don’t allow children to negotiate anything grow up overly compliant or overly disruptive, and children with overly permissive parents don’t learn negotiation because they get what they want anyway, says Julie Braungart-Rieker, a psychology professor and director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children & Families.

Some parents believe you should negotiate while others believe you shouldn’t. There are some who believe that you should when children are old enough to understand the context and art of negotiating. Whatever your position may be, you are still teaching them about negotiation. This will be an art they can use their entire life.

Resources:
• How to Negotiate with Kids . . . Even if You Think You Shouldn’t: 7 Essential Skills to End Conflict and Bring More Joy into Your Family by Scott Brown
• The Art of Negotiating with Kids-PBS
• How to negotiate with your kids-Kathie Hetter-CNN
• A woman’s Guide to Successful Negotiating/Lee E and Jessica Miller

Written By: Lana Freeman
Bio, Adoptive and Foster Parent
NFPA Board of Directors
FCAO, President
Works for St. Francis Community Service

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Rhonda was eleven years old when she joined her foster family. She had been raising her younger brother and sister and was wise beyond her years. In spite of the traumas she experienced before entering foster care, she was determined to graduate from high school as no one on either side of her biological family had ever done so. She declined adoption but told her caseworkers that “she would never leave her foster family.”

Rhonda remained with her foster family until adulthood and is forever one of their children. When Rhonda married, her foster father walked her down the aisle. Her foster mother lite the bride’s family candle beside her wedding candle. Her foster parents are grandparents to her children and she has brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews from her foster family that love her dearly.

It was sad that Rhonda did not have any birth family members who could step up and take her in. She tells people that her foster family saved her life and gave her a future she never dreamed she could realize. Her foster family will always be her family and loves Rhonda’s family as their own.

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Our GOAL is to raise $10,000 by Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2016. All donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows. Please take this opportunity to donate now on our donation page http://nfpaonline.org/donate. Please also provide your personal support and also share this message with your family and friends through Facebook, Twitter and other methods.

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