by Jason Burdge
Thank you for being a part of our community and for your support of foster families and the youth in their care. Because of the support and dedication from our community, MFPA is able to continue to improve our services and support. If you havenâ€™t had the opportunity yet, please be sure to visit our expanded Community Resource Center! Barbara and Nancy have done a great job making our spaces look and feel inviting. With the addition of the new office space, which is actually the room where our original center was located, we are now able to offer a separate space for meetings and to display larger donated items. The main room is now able to solely hold our smaller items for distribution and serves as the childcare room when needed. The Community Resource Center is available to all families with foster youth and for any training or meeting that benefits foster youth. Contact Barbara if you would like to know more.
Be sure to register for the upcoming Marin KidCareFair by clicking on this link!!!!! This incredible FREE event is full of training opportunities (for DHHS training hours), family resources, and fun family activities. The day starts off with the newly REQUIRED training on Commercially Sexual Exploited Children (CSEC). All licensed foster families will need to take this training and this is the only one planned at this time in Marin.
The KidCareFair is designed for foster families and those interested in learning more about fostering or fost-adopting. Community members wanting to learn about ways to support kids in need are also encouraged to attend. Over 20 community organizations will be available for you to learn more about their resources. We will have free dental screenings, the exciting Marin County Library FLAGship bus, face painting, raffles prizes, and more! Lunch can be purchased on site but must be reserved by clicking on the link above and registering. View the full program, list of training opportunities, and fun events here.
Please register in advance for the CSEC training and to help in our planning. Special thanks to MFPA Vice-President Annette Venables for her dedication, hard work, and leadership in organizing this event.
After writing this letter, Barbara and I will be heading off to meet with Marin County Free Library staff and members of the Friends of the Marin County Free Library, who are donating $500 to MFPA from their youth summer reading program. More details in the article below!
MFPAâ€™s next board meeting is this coming Wednesday, October 7, from 9:30 â€“ 11:30 at our Community Resource Center, Suite 8. Please feel free to attend and share your thoughts.