The South Florida Foster & Adoptive Parent Association provides safe and healing environments for children in foster care, one home at a time. We exist to achieve triumphant outcomes for children in the system of care, through the education, support and empowerment of those who care for them.
Our vision is to see all children thrive. We envision a system of care in which each foster child has the capacity to not only overcome their trauma, but to flourish. We believe that society underestimates the significant and permanent healing effect of a child being embraced by the safe & loving arms of a parent who is skilled in dealing with children exposed to abuse and neglect. We believe that not only does each child have the right to a safe and loving home, but it is our responsibility as a community to ensure that all children find such a home.
Make A Difference in the Life of A Child: No one Should Have To Foster Alone
Make A Difference in the Life of A Child: No one Should Have To Foster Alone- Full Length Version
Xavier & Family: Children are Our Future
Monthly In-Service Trainings for the Continuing Education of Foster Parents
Annual Back to School Event: Backpack & School Supplies Giveaway
A Kid's Dream Come True: Playing in the Snow at Our Annual Holiday Party
A special events to support foster families: Shopping Spree at Target
Foster Parent Support
Whether or not a child's experience in the system of care will be one of further trauma or one of healing relates to one essential factor: The love & commitment of the foster family. In recognition of this vital role, we offer program services to support foster families, to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children in their care.
The SFFAPA oversees a Peer Advocate Program in which seasoned foster parents provide support to newly licensed foster and kinship families. Our mentoring support includes guidance on everything from how to manage the case management process to walking beside foster parents throughout the legal process and courtroom proceedings. Our experienced foster parents also give parenting guidance, tools and resources to guide new foster parents as to how to parent and care for trauma exposed children. When needed, our peer advocates also help refer families to the appropriate external services to meet their family's needs.
Specialized Training & Education of Foster Parents
The SFFAPA provides in-service training hours for the continuing education of foster parents. The Association equips parents with the knowledge they need to support their children with instruction on topics such as: Parenting trauma exposed children, effective co-parenting with biological parents, understanding the legal aspects of the dependency system, the importance of self care, the benefits of open adoptions, and foster parent rights & advocacy.
Pre & Post Adoption Support
The SFFAPA provides adoption education through support groups as well as mentoring. We help make timely connections between children who are up for adoption, and prospective adoptive families. During the adoption journey, our seasoned adoptive parents may help in the most basic ways like helping first time adoptive parents fill out an adoption application. But more importantly, we support one another through this lifelong commitment by encouraging one another throughout both the joys and challenges, which are innate to all adoption experiences.
As SFFAPA members we are part of a larger family of individuals who truly care to make a difference in the lives of children. Through the kindness of both individuals and other community organizations we organize holiday and birthday celebrations, an annual "Back to School Event" and other outings for children, who without our support, would typically not have these adventures.
Clothing Closet & Other Financial Support
We currently connect families with others who can provide gently-used clothing, baby furniture, and hygiene essentials that are urgently needed. SFFAPA maintains a clothing closet in which families have emergency access 24/7 whenever a child is placed in their care. In recognition that the board rate covers only about 60% of the actual cost of a child, we also locate and connect families to other community resources, such as for school uniforms and tutoring services.
Denise Beeman Sasiain
Maria Elena Rubio
Denise Beeman Sasiain
Director of Peer Advocacy
Dr. William Presswood
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.