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August 2014 NEWSLETTER - ISSUE 124
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The mission of the Marin Foster Parent Association (MFPA) is to achieve consistent, safe, quality care for the well being of all foster children by providing support services and advocacy to Foster and Adoptive Families, Relative and Non-relative caregivers.

In This Issue
 

Attachments

Special Note: The new CFS Telephone List (5/2014) is included below.

Birth Families, Visits and Open Adoptions Flyer
SF Marin Food Bank Presentation Flyer
Community Resource Fair Flyer
Children and Family Services Telephone List

 

President's Piece
by Jason Burdge


MFPA Members,

You are the backbone of our organization and the key to bettering the lives of our foster youth. I am so grateful for our members and for those who take extra steps and volunteer for our programs.
If it wasn’t for Susan Nasca we would not have our annual summer picnic. If it wasn’t for Linda Gregory our Community Center would not provide amazing resources. If it wasn’t for Shawn Yarnell we would not have many of the great items we distribute through the center. If it wasn’t for Annette Venables we would not have our Community Fair or Champagne and Chocolate event. If it wasn’t for Barbara Sabido we would not have this great newsletter. If it wasn’t for Fran Perrulli our bills would not be paid.
The list goes on….(and my apologies for not including you).
The success of our mission depends on people volunteering their time. However, they cannot do it alone. We truly do need you!
If you are not a member please join today. Your membership supports all of our efforts to better the lives of our foster youth.
No matter what your connection is with the foster care system, consider volunteering on one of our committees. We need help at our community center, events and on other projects even if it is just a few hours a year.
If you cannot volunteer, make a donation to support all of our programs.
The board of your association has many exciting events planned and are playing an active part in improving the quality of training and resources provided to all caregivers. But, we need your help.
Please send me an email with the areas where you would like to help.
Thank you for being a part of our community and for everything you do for our foster youth.
Sincerely,
Jason Burdge
President
Marin Foster Parent Association
president@mfpa.net
415-310-5871
 

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Calendar

August 5: Post-Adoptive Support Group5:30-7:30 PM, Seneca Center, 3100 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael, dinner/childcare provided with RSVP (required) to 264-0939 or email Seneca 
August 12: Kinship Support Group, 5:30-7:30 PM, Seneca Center, 3100 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael, dinner/childcare provided with RSVP (required) to 264-0939 or email Seneca 
August 13: Birth Families, Visits and Open Adoptions, by Denise Miney, LCSW, TLC Social Worker, 7-9:00 PM, MFPA Community Center, 4280 Redwood Highway, Suite 1B, San Rafael (see flyer in Attachments for details)
August 19: Post-Adoption Parenting Group5:30-7:30 PM, Seneca Center, 3100 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael, dinner/childcare provided with RSVP (required) to 264-0939 or email Seneca
August 22: San Francisco Marin Food Bank Presentation, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 30 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, Main Level Conference Room (see flyer in Attachments for details)
August 26: 
Pre/Newly Adopted Support Group, 5:30-7:30 PM, Seneca Center, 3100 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael, dinner/childcare provided with RSVP (required) to 264-0939 or email Seneca
Sept. 8: Effective Parenting: Responding to Your Child's Challenging Behaviors (Part 1 and 2), 6:30 - 8:30 PM, location TBA, sponsored by the MFPA and COM's FKCE program
October 25: SAVE THE DATE! Marin County Community Resource Fair, sponsored by the MFPA and Marin Advocates for Children, 1:30-4 PM, Pickleweed Park Community Center (see flyer in Attachments for details)
Training Updates from FKCE
by Patty Cala

COM's Foster and Kinship Care Education Program has some exciting news!

July begins the new fiscal year for the Foster Care Education program, and with it comes some new training opportunities.  We are excited to announce an addition to the Introduction to Foster and Fost-Adoptive Parenting class.  Beginning with our August Intro training we will add a four hour follow-up training.  The thought behind this was to give participants two weeks to “digest” what they learned in the 18-hour weekend training and come back as a group to “put it all together”.

Another addition is an on-going monthly group called Effective Parenting.  This is a participatory, skill building group for all types of care-givers; foster and fost-adopt parents, relative and kin-care providers, and non-relative extended family members (NREFM).  The group will be held on the 2nd Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm, beginning September 8th, and facilitated by Ryan Pickrell. The first two group topics will be Responding to Your Child’s Challenging Behaviors (Part 1 and 2).  We are still scoping out a location for this meeting, so keep an eye out for the upcoming flyer.
We are always looking for relevant topic ideas, so if you have a topic you would like to see in the upcoming year, please send me an e-mail -
patty.cala@marin.edu.  I’d love to hear from you! 
Community Center News
by Linda Gregory

Our friends at Waterstreet Hardware in Sausalito have donated new backpacks and clothing ready for the start of a new school year!  Thank you, Waterstreet Hardware, for your continued support of foster youth and the families that care for them!  We again have tons of school supplies thanks to Sleep Train and MFPA board member Patty Cala, who transported them to the CC.  Additionally, San Rafael Girl Scouts will be delivering backpacks soon so come visit the Community Center and get your kids ready for the start of school!

MFPA intern Mia Moore will be completing her internship this month and moving on to obtain a degree in education at Mills College in Oakland. Thank you Mia for all you've done for MFPA in the past 10 months. We wish you great success and hope your new challenges are exciting and rewarding.

With Mia's departure we are seeking volunteers for sorting and organizing donations to keep our Center running efficiently. If you have just an hour or two (or more!) to join the CC team contact Fran Perulli, MFPA treasurer (
treasurer@mfpa.net).
Look What They Did For Us!!
by Linda Gregory

This past June the preschoolers and teachers at Santa Margarita Children's Center (SMCC) held Walk-for-a-Cause, a mini walk-a-thon that benefitted MFPA. While they may have only walked around the block of their Terra Linda preschool, the Ladybug class of 2- and 3-year olds went a long way in learning about the power they possess, even as little people, to help other kids and families. Thank you Ladybugs and your families, and teachers Claudia Cadena, Andre Jackson, Lisa Lightner and Vivian Escalante for your generous act of kindness and your support of MFPA!  We are truly touched!
Stricter Smoking Prohibitions
by Cindy Wasserman

Over the last several years, we have all grown more aware of the hazardous effects of smoking around children.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke, which contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds of these chemicals are toxic and about 70 percent can cause cancer.   Secondhand smoke increases the frequency and severity of asthma attacks, respiratory infections, and ear infections in young children; it also increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS,) the number one cause of death in otherwise healthy infants.
As of January 1, 2014, the regulations pertaining to smoking in and around foster homes and other placement resources have become stricter.  Section 1530.7 (b) of the California Health and Safety Code and Title 22 Division 6 Chapter 9.5 policies and procedures stipulate that licensed and certified foster parents, and all other placement resources (including NREFMs) as well as others living or visiting the home, are prohibited from smoking  inside of the home.  Furthermore, when a child is present, nobody may smoke on the outdoor grounds.  Foster parents and other care providers may not smoke in any motor vehicle that is regularly used to transport the child (whether the child is actually in the car at the time or not.)  Licensing workers are obligated to cite foster parents when these smoking prohibitions are violated.
Thank you for your cooperation regarding this matter.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your licensing worker.
Opportunities

Community Resource Fair - Save the date of Saturday, October 25th, for the MFPA's and Marin Advocates for Children's Resource Fair, from 1:30-4 PM at the Albert J. Boro Community Center at Pickleweed Park (see flyer in Attachments section)

Trainings - Check out the trainings being offered and plug them into your calendar!  These trainings are noted in the Calendar section and the accompanying flyers are in the Attachments section.

August 13:  
Birth Families, Visits and Open Adoptions, by Denise Miney, LCSW, TLC Social Worker, 7-9:00 PM, MFPA Community Center, 4280 Redwood Highway, Suite 1B, San Rafael (see flyer in Attachments for details)

August 22: San Francisco Marin Food Bank Presentation, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM,  
30 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, Main Level Conference Room (see flyer in Attachments for details)


Find other training resources through the following agencies:  
MAILING ADDRESS
4280 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, SUITE 1B
SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903
415-507-0557

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