by Annette Venables
Caring is Better When We All Share
The renaming of the Community Center and our expanded partnership with TLC Children & Family Services are outward symbols of the thinking that is driving your MFPA Board. Our goal is to build a stronger, more diverse, more effective community to better support kinship, foster and fost-adopt caregivers.
One way we are building community is by offering lots of opportunities for families to be together.
A few weekends ago, a group of families enjoyed the beautiful spring weather at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a free event that sent everyone home with a sack of bagels. It was great for the children to play together and the adults to swap stories. Personally, I left feeling so happy about being a part of this group. This is exactly what we should doâ€”just be there for each other.
If you missed that event, no worries, there are more on the way:
Donâ€™t miss the annual picnic (see flyer in Attachments) at McInnis Park on Friday, June 13. In addition to the tasty BBQ, face painting and games galore, this year we will also present the Carol McKenna award to the foster parent(s) and social worker of the year at this event. If you haven't submitted your nomination for the social worker whose work merits this award, please do so by Friday, May 9 to President@MFPA.net.
And in the Fall: an updated, family-friendly version of Champagne & Chocolate for back-to-school (date TBD) and then on Saturday, October 25 at the Albert J. Boro Community Center at Pickleweed Park, a family-friendly resource fair in partnership with Marin Advocates for Children.
There is no community without you. So if you havenâ€™t joined or renewed your MFPA membership yet this yearâ€”please do it now via our website. Come to our events, stop in the Community Center, participate in a Board meeting, or volunteer an hour or two to help make an event happenâ€”join us any way you feel comfortable. We are better together!
Thoughts or ideas about building a stronger community? Contact me at email@example.com. Iâ€™d love to take you to coffee.