Youth Development

FRIENDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN FOREVER

Updated in partnership with The Community Foundation of Collier County

Naples, FL

Mission

To focus on the children we serve with targeted educational and enrichment opportunities that allow each child to fulfill their potential.

Ruling Year

2000

Principal Officer

Ann Hughes

Main Address

2675 Horseshoe Drive South, #402

Naples, FL 34104 USA

Formerly Known As

Foster Care Council of Southwest Florida

Keywords

Foster Children; Education, At-risk children, after school

EIN

59-3598933

 Number

2578418325

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Foster Care (P32)

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Tutoring/Academic Mentoring

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Goals: To inspire and assist foster children to participate in activities that enrich their lives and help them discover their passions. To develop an informational and supportive resource for the community in Collier County to connect children and youth in need with services available to meet those needs. To create continued educational services for foster children for as long as they need assistance.

In order to ensure Friends of Foster Children Forever is continually meeting the greatest unmet need and not duplicating services, the staff and board work closely with the agencies serving foster children including the Children’s Network, Collier County Public Schools, Youth Haven and Laces of Love. The team at Friends of Foster Children Forever also regularly attend staffing meetings with the Case Managers and Supervisors of Camelot - the agency responsible for case management. In addition, the program staff meet regularly with the Guardian ad Litem program in Collier County – the agency responsible for advocating for the child’s best interests in court.   Board members volunteer on other boards that have strong partnerships with us, including the Citizens’ Foster Care Review Board, the Governor’s Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Consortium, Children’s Network of SWFL, the Guardian Ad Litem program and Healthcare Network of SWFL.   In a continual effort to improve in its role as sound stewards of donated funds, FFCF staff is constantly looking for alternative sources available in the community to ensure there is no duplication of services. In the past year, FFC been able to research and provide alternative sources for school uniforms, cribs, school supplies, car seats and children’s glasses. This ongoing review process ensures that donated  funds are leveraged for the greatest impact by serving only unmet needs.

Friends of Foster Children Forever places more emphasis on making direct connections to the children and to their caregivers.  In the past year, we have developed direct, sustainable relationships with the teachers and principals in the schools, the Guardian ad Litem, the tutors, the caregivers and the children themselves. This approach is more sustainable for the long term as it positions Friends of Foster Children as the trusted "Go-to" resources for children and their caregivers.

Friends of Foster Children Forever's data management system allows for real-time data collection about each child, as well as the analysis of our program objectives and indicators.  We measure both our goods and services programs, tracking every outreach we make for children and recording every donated item received.  For example, our recent Back to School Fair revealed that 77 percent of the 90 total screened children on the mobile dental clinic needed treatment and sealants.  Additionally, the Lions Club did vision screenings for 100 foster children, with a shocking 25% referred for follow-up treatment.  Their normal referral rate is 8%.For academics, we consistently verify each child's progress on an ongoing basis, using the KTEA-3 (Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement) assessment tool.  Each child completes an appropriate grade level test when they first begin our academic mentoring program.   Then, the following KTEA-3 tests quantify areas of strength and weakness at six-month intervals and track performance in four core subjects.  The data is evaluated internally and also validated by the Department of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Individual progress is reviewed, and adjustments are made to ensure each child is making progress in at least two out of four core subjects and working towards or achieving national grade-level performance.

We have: 1,110 foster children received support through our programs annually.220 foster children grades K-12 have benefited from individual academic mentoring and 94% have improved their scores in at least two core subjects.205 foster children ages 0-5 have been enrolled in Early Learning Centers with the opportunity to access developmental screenings, and assessments.   This increased enrollment of foster children to 70% of all new cases.  This is one of the highest enrollment rates nationwide.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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