The Louisiana Foster Adoptive Parent Association‘s motto is: “Strengthening the Heroes among Us.” The organization lives up to its motto by empowering foster and adoptive parents across the state.
From the LFAPF’s website:
Mission: To empower foster and adoptive parents and the children in their care by providing communication, support, training, and advocacy services.
Vision: The vision of LFAPA is that every foster and adoptive family in Louisiana has a support system to call upon to strengthen family relationships, restore enthusiasm, and to create a sense of empowerment when parenting a foster or adopted child.
- All children and families shall be treated with dignity and respect
- Foster and adoptive parents provide safe, nurturing environment for Louisiana’s children
- We will promote respectful relationships between biological, foster, and adoptive families and human service agencies
- All biological, foster and adoptive parents need and deserve support in parenting children and youth
- We will help provide and encourage training and education of foster and adoptive parents
- Foster and adoptive parents are the best advocates for the children and families we serve
- We promise to have a financially viable and accountable association
You can help!
Ways to Get Involved
- Donate a working computer to a local foster parent association
- Volunteer as a committee member for your local foster parent association
- Contribute to a foster youth scholarship fund
- Assist a foster parent association in developing a foster family resource center
- Mentor a youth transitioning out of the foster care system
- Provide discount coupons for foster families
- Donate new games, puzzles, sports equipment to a foster parent association
- Become surrogate grandparents
- Host a party for the children
- Sponsor a recreational outing to a nearby park
- Become a Friend of LFAPA
Louisiana Foster & Adoptive Parent Association
P.O. Box 332
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
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Shoutout to Tulane University! From the Times-Picayune:
The Tulane University Staff Advisory Council has teamed up with the Tulane Athletics Department for a Christmas toy drive for local Court Appointed Special Advocates programs until early next month.
For each Tulane men’s basketball game until Dec. 4 you can purchase a reduced-price ticket for $5 with the donation of a new toy. Tickets can be purchased the day of the game at Fogelman Arena.
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes.
The Tulane Staff Advisory Council works with CASA programs in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes. CASA New Orleans has 130 children, Jefferson has 200 children and St. Tammany has 400 children in foster care, ranging in age from birth to 18 years.
The Tulane council will also have several campus drop-off locations for toys and cash donations as well as a Web link for donations made via credit card. The drop-off locations are:
Linzi Connors, Murphy Building, 14th floor, Room 1429.
Gwen Chavez, Tulane Controller’s Office, 7029 C Freret St.
Susan Barrera, Tidewater Building, 24th floor, Room 2456.
Tami Jenniskens, Elks Place Building, Room 200.
Zina Eugene, Tulane Business School, Room 460.
Desiree Waguespack, Tulane National Primate Research Center, Building B, Room 428.
Mary Bourgeois, Telecommunications Building (No. 41), second floor.
Among the items on the wish list are development toys for children 6 to 18 months, athletic equipment, boys’ and girls’ watches, boys’ wallets, Legos or K-nex, handheld CD players, MP3 players, “Twilight” paraphernalia, teen purses and jewelry, comforter sets, art supplies and gift cards.
For information or questions, contact Desiree Waguespack at firstname.lastname@example.org or 985.871.6530. To make a donation online, visit http://tulane.edu/sac/communityservice.cfm.