TIDEWATER FRIENDS OF FOSTER CARE INCORPORATED

Enriching the lives of foster children in need.

Norfolk, VA   |  https://tidewaterffc.org

Mission

Believing that every child deserves an opportunity to thrive, the mission of Tidewater Friends of Foster Care is to improve foster care outcomes through: 1. Targeted outreach to increase the number of available loving family foster homes, thereby reducing the need to place children in group-home settings; 2. Providing academic tutoring, enrichment programs and activities that bridge gaps between what is available from public resources and those elements that are essential to a healthy, happy and rewarding childhood.

Ruling year info

2016

President & Founder

Dr. Audra M Bullock

Main address

999 Waterside Dr Ste 430 STE 430

Norfolk, VA 23510 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of Norfolk Department of Human Services - AKA Norfolk Friends of Foster Care

EIN

81-2887214

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Foster Care (P32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Tidewater Friends of Foster Care believes every child deserves the opportunity to thrive. Due to instability in family environment, foster children often miss out on key elements of a healthy and happy childhood, such as consistent family routines, enrolment in a single school system, and participation in extracurricular activities. Consequently, these children struggle emotionally and academically, with outcomes that reflect this strife.

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

We provide one-on-one, in-home academic tutoring to foster children who need extra support to be successful in school and this support continues after the children are reunited with their families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

We partner with local non-profits, such as the YMCA, to support foster children’s participation in activities, including sports, fitness, the arts and other social activities that will enrich their childhoods, provide stress relief and enhance participation in the community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

We send foster children to summer camps, with a particular focus on sending siblings who are placed in separate homes to camp together!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

We partner with individuals and area businesses to provide birthday and holiday gifts for children in foster care, because they do not always get to be with their families during these special occasions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

"Foster Care Aware" and "It Takes A Village" are our outreach campaigns for recruiting foster families and foster care supporters, to ensure that family placement is always an option for children entering care. Our focus is on building a coalition of loving family homes and supporters to provide placement stability, so kids do not end up bouncing from home to home within the foster care system.

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.

Number of clients served

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of all foster youth provided direct services.

Hours of tutoring administered

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Tutoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of one-on-one tutoring hours provided to foster youth.

Number of students receiving homework help

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Tutoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students receiving one-on-one tutoring services.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Our initiatives are aimed at ensuring all children in the foster care system have the best childhoods possible - that they leave foster care better off than when they entered. Our goal is to help create an environment where children have permanency, do not re-enter foster care, and transition to healthy, productive adulthood.

The goal of Tidewater Friends of Foster Care is to improve foster care outcomes through:
1. Targeted outreach to increase the number of available loving family foster homes, thereby reducing the need to place children in group-home settings;
2. Providing academic tutoring, enrichment programs and activities that bridge gaps between what is available from public resources and those elements that are essential to a healthy, happy and rewa
Our vision is to create an environment that allows children grow and thrive while in foster care.

Tidewater Friends of Foster Care serves foster youth in two key ways:
1) We provide advocacy to raise awareness of the needs of youth and families in the foster care system.
2) We provide programming that is not provided by the government to help foster youth be successful in school, create a positive social network, learn life-skills essential to future success, and engage in stress relieving activities.

Our partnerships with social service agencies allow us to directly advocate for and serve foster youth.

As of May 2022, since incorporation, we have served over 1200 children:
- providing over 27,500 hours of one-on-one academic instruction to over 430 children in foster care
- providing YMCA membership to over 1150 family members including 402 foster youth
- granting over 4250 birthday and holiday wishes
- engaging over 280 prospective foster parents
- reuniting siblings by providing over 590 weeks of summer camps to 157 campers
- funding extracurricular activities from driving lessons to culinary arts to over 265 youth

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Foster youth and families

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have opened our program access to self-referral in addition to social worker referrals. This has reduced access barriers. We have also extended the duration of services after exiting foster care to help improve long-term outcomes.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • 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 act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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TIDEWATER FRIENDS OF FOSTER CARE INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 06/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Audra Bullock

Tidewater Friends of Foster Care

Term: 2016 - 2021

Thomas Litton, Jr

Harbor Group International

Mary Bonsby-Brock

Wells Fargo

Marcella Davis

Diane Johnston

Robert McCartney

The Barry Robinson Center

Ken Shewbridge

Tracy Keller

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Lakysha Laing

Cox Communications

Joy Rios

Connect With a Wish

Angela Hopkins

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/20/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • 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.