Testimonials from NASFCM members

Being a part of this Association and a member of the Board has been such a great source of support for me. I came into this role because the person who had been in charge of the FC program in Louisiana for 20 years retired and moved to another State. I started out just praying to God daily I wouldn’t mess up really bad and really grateful for an opportunity to be in my dream job. Becoming a part of this Association introduced me to a group of individuals that are just as committed to their careers and this profession in particular. It also opened doors for professional support and wisdom for me. There are managers of other programs in my State that I turn to in some situations. However, they don’t know foster care. I can call or email anyone in this group anytime to get feedback on anything and to brainstorm ideas. It has really helped my confidence level develop.-   Toni Buxton (LA)

I want to assure you that participation in the annual meetings makes it the most important conference, training, or seminar for a person in my position in the state. It is a solitary place to be the foster care manager or specialist for a state, but the Association has provided the networking for me to grow professionally, and for New Hampshire to benefit from the experiences of all the other states’ initiatives. Contacts made at this yearly meeting have allowed me to make connections on topics that are important to my state, and invariably, another state has already ventured in that arena. Foster care managers who have attended the annual meeting are responsive to members when the call for assistance comes. –Gail DeGoosh, Foster Care Specialist, Department of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth, and Families; NASFCM  Treasurer 1996-1997; Board Member 1994-1996, 1997-1999; Interim Secretary 2007

One of the best things about the NASFCM is that, through the annual meeting, it provides cutting edge resources, training, and information to the states. Additionally, foster care managers have an opportunity to meet and exchange information with their counterparts in other states. It’s an incredible two and a half  days of work, resources, and information – there’s no other place I’ve been where you can get this much information relevant to foster care in one place. For the last few years, foster care managers and adoption managers also have had their own joint meeting regarding relevant cross-cutting issues....Foster care is such a huge piece of child welfare; it is important that foster care managers are heard.  –Mary Griffin, Program Administrator, Foster Care and Kinship Care, Colorado State Department of Human Services; NASFCM Treasurer

The NASFCM has become a significant voice in addressing practice issues and a resource for information for program managers across the country. The Association is a place for foster care managers to go for support as they are implementing program improvements or making changes in response to federal and state legislation. NASFCM provides an important forum for communicating information nationally regarding policy and practice. –Carolyn Orf, Assistant Director, South Carolina Department of Social Services; NASFCM President 2000-2002

The NASFCM was extremely useful for people in small states, like West Virginia, that only had one or two people working in foster care administration. Through the NASFCM, we had networking opportunities and developed relationships with foster care managers from other states; we were able to educate one another about proposed initiatives and discuss best practices, while establishing a strong resource base. –Rosa McKinney, President of Rosey Futures Social Work Services, Inc.; NASFCM Board Member, 1991-1996