FRIENDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN FOREVER

Naples, FL   |  www.friendsoffosterchildren.net

Mission

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

Ruling year info

2000

Principal Officer

Ann Hughes

Main address

2675 Horseshoe Drive South, #402

Naples, FL 34104 USA

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Formerly known as

Foster Care Council of Southwest Florida

EIN

59-3598933

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Foster Care (P32)

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Programs and results

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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?

Tutoring/Academic Mentoring

Friends of Foster Children has four major programs to benefit these children. On average, foster children are set back six months academically every time they experience a placement change or other traumatic event. Nationwide only 50 percent of foster children graduate high school.  Our tutoring/academic mentoring program provides individualized one-to-one tutoring services (most are retired or current teachers).  Fifty percent of our children are tutored in school for two to three hours per week. The tutor stays with the child for as long as needed and often our tutors/academic mentors are the only constant contact these children have in their lives.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

A child’s early years are the foundation and building blocks for his or her future development and success. Early education provides a strong base for lifelong learning and cognitive and social development. The Ready for 5 Liaison with the support of community partners attends case transfer meetings to catch every child 0-5 coming into care and offers referrals.  The liaison navigates the caregivers through the system and assures that every attempt is made to connect children with the services they are entitled to. The liaison serves as a communication bridge between all the parties involved in the child’s life.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Friends of Foster Children Forever offers enrichment opportunities for foster children to take part in a wide-range of after-school clubs and activities such as karate, dance, gymnastics, sports teams as well as band and music lessons.  These activities help the children discover new skills, develop individual talents and realize personal goals.   In the summer months we enroll the kids in a variety of summer camps.   For many of these children it is the first time they have ever been to camp where they can learn new things, explore, have fun and create lasting memories.  In December we hold a Christmas and Hanukkah Gift Store where foster parents can pick up gifts to give to the foster children to make their holidays special.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Emergency Backpack Bundles - Are used to provide 2 to 3 days of emergency personal supplies to foster children when they are removed in times of crisis.  The new backpacks include a blanket, small pillow, pajamas, underwear, and outfit for school, toothbrush, toiletries, a book cuddly toy and basic school supplies.   Emergency Supplies -  Friends of Foster Children Forever collects and distributes formula, diapers, wipes, hygiene supplies and safety equipment for young children.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Tutoring/Academic Mentoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Tutoring/Academic Mentoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

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 needs 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, David Lawrence Center, Health Care Network, 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 meets 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, Fun Time, the Guardian Ad Litem program and Healthcare Network of SWFL, and Artis Naples.  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, FFCF has been able to research and provide alternative sources for school uniforms, cribs, school supplies, car seats and music and art's programs. 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 works closely with other nonprofit organization to make the greatest impact in helping families.

Over 1,110 foster children receive support through our programs annually. 220 foster children grades K-12 benefit from individual tutoring and 94% have improved their scores in at least two core subjects. 230 foster children between the ages of 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.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Friends of Foster Children Forever serves children who are or were in the foster care system. We continuously speak with our families and survey them to ensure we are providing the best service we can and keep on track of trends.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the peak of COVID-19 we received feedback of the number of families that were comfortable or not with remote tutoring. For the most part almost all our families were delighted with the service. We realized that we can continue to provide remote tutoring for the children who would like it.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The families we serve appreciate that we listen to them and strive to understand their needs better.

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

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Operations

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

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FRIENDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN FOREVER

Board of directors
as of 07/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elaine Rubin Moorin

Dr. Rebecca Lambert

Woodruff Institute

Doug Campbell

Retired

Craig Harrington

CPA

Jim Derham

Retired

Alison Douglas

Cummings & Lockwood

PJ Fuerstman-Meyer

Pzazz Productions

Jim Henderson

William C. Huff Companies

Bob Almond

Nest International

Edee DeLuca

CPA

Michael Schroeder

Wasmer, Schroeder & Company

Elaine Rubin Moorin

Retired

Mary Pisazrczyk

Retired

Brian Sawyer

Community Volunteer

Kathy Vanoort

Community Volunteer

Janet Gable

Community Volunteer

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