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Foster Care Coalition of Greater St. Louis, Inc.

For Every Child . . . A Place to Call Home

aka Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition   |   St. Louis, MO   |  www.foster-adopt.org

Mission

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is a non-profit agency that strives to create permanency in every foster child's life by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive homes in the St. Louis metropolitan community.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Melanie Scheetz

Main address

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard Suite 210

St. Louis, MO 63144 USA

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EIN

43-1570225

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Adoption (P31)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are more than 4,500 children in foster care in metro St. Louis, and more than 800 of these children are currently waiting to be adopted. Too often, children in foster care "age out" without being adopted by a forever family. Children who age out face a bleak future; unemployment, lack of educational opportunities, and incarceration are all too common. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition believes every child deserves a family, and has created groundbreaking, wraparound programs to recruit and support foster and adoptive families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Foster Parent Recruitment and Adoption Services

The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition is the area's largest recruiter of foster/adoptive homes because of partnerships with local media. In addition to featuring waiting children in 12 local newspapers, we partner with KSDK NewsChannel 5 to highlight the need for foster and adoptive families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

The Coalition offers a range of wraparound services to support foster and adoptive families. Recognizing that permanency doesn't end when a child is placed in a home, we aim to give our families the support they need, and the resources to help our community's children grow and thrive. Our support services include educational advocacy, crisis intervention, quarterly skills-building workshops and support groups, Resource - a clothing closet specifically for foster parents, an email alert for policy updates and other timely information, free family activities, an informative website and newsletter, the Little Wishes program which provides childhood experiences that foster parents might not be able to afford, and one-on-one family advocacy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percent of youth (re)connected with relatives at case closure

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Foster Parent Recruitment and Adoption Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Research shows children do better when they maintain a connection to their culture, upbringing, and community. The Coalition strives to keep kids involved in their church, school, and family.

Percent of children who remain in the home at case closure or move to a more stable living situation (placement disruptions prevented)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Foster and Adoptive Family Support Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Every disrupted adoption/placement also disrupts a child's ability to heal - and costs the state thousands of dollars. Our Crisis Intervention services save childhoods and taxpayer dollars.

Percent of students who met their educational goal

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Foster and Adoptive Family Support Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

No child deserves a second-class education just because they've entered foster care. Our Advocates uphold their rights, support their parents, and educate their professional team.

Percent of youth matched with a permanent family by the end of active recruitment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Foster Parent Recruitment and Adoption Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Because the Coalition never gives up on kids, Extreme Recruitment was designed for the toughest-to-place children in foster care - children with special needs, older youth, and large sibling groups.

Percent of children placed with relatives at case closure

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Foster Parent Recruitment and Adoption Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

30 Days to Family is our community's greatest tool for quickly and effectively finding families for children in foster care. We know it works for our kids, and it saves taxpayer dollars.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Coalition strives to create permanency in the lives of foster children so they may grow, learn, and get a chance to just be kids. Pursuant to that overarching goal, we believe 1) every child should have a forever family who loves and supports them, and 2) every foster and adoptive family should receive efficient, means-tested, and accessible support. We want to reduce the number of children awaiting a forever family in the region (currently over 800), and the number of placements that disrupt (25%). We want to dramatically increase the speed at which children are placed (average stay of two years in foster care), and increase the rate at which foster parents continue fostering children (national average of 40% retained year-on-year).

1. Expand our groundbreaking services to quickly place the most difficult cases in foster care
2. Develop new programs to fill gaps in our community
3. Deepen our programs to ensure foster and adoptive families never lack the support they need
4. Constantly perform rigorous evaluation measures on all programs to ensure our families receive the highest-possible quality of services
5. Build relationships among stakeholders, professionals, and policymakers to leverage our existing assets and develop new capacities

1. Our staff are experts in all they do, with an annual turnover of 3% in an industry where 50% is typical
2. Our board is 100% invested in our cause, both emotionally and financially
3. Broad community support - we are the region's top recruiter of foster and adoptive parents, with highly visible partnerships in media, corporate, and nonprofit sectors
4. Recognized as thought leaders in foster care/adoption (featured in TIME Magazine and the New York Times)
5. Partnerships with member agencies mean financial support to the Coalition is amplified 26 times

Together, We Served: 13,030
Parent Support Programs: Our comprehensive, wraparound support services help foster and adoptive families succeed and build resilience.
- 74 Children achieved their school goals through educational advocacy
- 205 children provided with placement stabilization services
- 485 parents assisted via Coalition Careline
- 4, 140 Little Wishes granted for children impacted by foster care
- 8, 352 training hours provided to parent and professionals
- ReFresh 8,627 clothing items distributed, 437 children received clothing items

What we have not accomplished:
1. Expansion of our services to meet the needs of all foster/adoptive families in the area without a waitlist caused by high demand
2. Systems-wide change in the child welfare system
3. Adoption of our best-practices across all sectors of child welfare

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Foster Care Coalition of Greater St. Louis, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jackie Olinger- Rochelle

Bailey Glasser LLP

Jackie Olinger-Rochelle

Bailey Glasser LLP

Mila Baumann

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Mike Normile

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David Bell

Schnucks Markets

Rhonda Brown, PhD

Healthy Blue Missouri/Anthem BCBS

Terrence Chance

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Don Cobin

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Sean Knight

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LaShonda Lambert-Howze

Schnucks Markets

Mary Larner

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Tim Niemann

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Thomas Noack

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Emily Romines

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David Singer

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Rebecca Kenison

Andria's Food Group

Adam Tilford

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Hadi Al-Shathir

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Katherine Kirby

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James Perry

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Dara Webb

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Cari Wegge

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Jim Martin

Dowd Bennett

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/08/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.