What is Fostering Futures KFACA?
Fostering Futures-Kentucky Foster/Adoptive Care Associations, or KFACA, is dedicated to the empowerment and encouragement of foster and adoptive families through advocacy and support. Fostering Futures is a representative body for all resource parents from across the state of Kentucky.
Fostering Futures-KFACA elects an executive board to collaborate with legislators, local, state, and national partners to promote the safety and permanency of Kentucky’s children who are at risk of abuse and/or neglect and provide support for the care givers of at-risk children.
The Kentucky Foster & Adoptive Care Association (KFACA) was established by a group of concerned foster parents who desired to advocate for foster and adoptive parents in addition to the children that were placed in out-of-home care. It has been supporting Kentucky's Foster and Adoptive Parents and the children they serve since 1988. The KFACA has always been a voice for resource parents and played a critical role in legislation that enacted the Kentucky's Foster Parent Bill of Rights, Per Diem Raises, in addition to continually advocating on behalf of Kentucky parents and children to legislators, public officials, and the Cabinet for Families and Children as issues arise.
Fostering Futures-KFACA is an active member to the National Foster Parent Association and the Council of State Affiliates (CoSA). Through this membership, we meet with advocacy agencies from across the nation to discuss issues faced by children in out-of-home care and the families that serve them.
When local associations sign up as a sub association under Fostering Futures-KFACA's parent umbrella as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it potentially brings membership to their respective local, regional, Kentucky, and NFPA associations. This opens the door for to benefits such as training opportunities and discounts to state and national events.
Melinda was recently elected as President for the KFACA. She has been a foster and adoptive parent for 25 years. Melinda has been actively involved with the KFACA 20+ years serving as Cumberland Regional Representative, Legislative Co-Chair, First Vice President, Conference Committee Chair, and Way & Means Committee Member. She has adopted six children from Kentucky's Foster Care System. Melinda is a State Affiliate to the National Foster Parent Association (NFPA). She provided research for the Per Diem Bill of 2016, Foster Parent Bill of Rights Legislation, and creation of the Foster Parent Training & Support Network of Kentucky.
Linda serves as the Vice President for the KFACA. She has been a foster and adoptive parent from Jefferson County for 28 years. She has adopted two children from the state foster care system. Linda has been an active member of the KFACA for over 20+ years and serves as the Jefferson Regional Representative and KFACA Treasurer. Linda was instrumental in collaborating on association projects such as the Foster Parent Bill of Rights Legislation, and creation of the Foster Parent Training & Support Network of Kentucky.
Becky is currently serving as the Secretary to Fostering Futures-KFACA. She has been a foster and adoptive parent for 20 years, adopting two daughters. She has been active with the KFACA for 18+ years serving as Parliamentarian, Regional Representative, Legislative Chair, Bylaws Chair, Advisor to the President, and President. Becky is currently serving on the Board of Directors to the National Foster Parent Association and also as Strategic Planning Chair, Membership Chair, and on the NFPA Governance Committee. She is from the Eastern Mountain Region. Becky authored the legislative bill for the 2016 Per Diem Increase for State Foster Homes which became law.
Barbara is currently serving as the Treasurer to Fostering Futures-KFACA. She has been a foster and adoptive parent for 20+ years. She has been actively involved with the KFACA for six years including serving as Regional Representative Chair. Her involvement includes working with state leaders in fundraising for state and regional foster parent associations in addition to advocating for foster, adoptive, kinship, and fictive kin caregivers at local and state levels. Barbara has adopted two children from the state foster care system. She has been instrumental in her local association...the Lake Cumberland Foster Parent Association.