Timeline of the NASFCM

1989: Foster care specialists across the country came together for the first time for a two day topic-driven symposium in Washington, D.C. organized by the Child Welfare Institute. The opportunity for state foster care managers to talk and share expertise was a breakthrough that led to the organization of the NASFCM. The National Resource Center for Foster Care, hosted by Eastern Michigan University (1989-1994) and directed by Patricia Ryan, Ph.D., was funded by the Children’s Bureau to provide training and technical assistance to the States on foster care issues and provided some support to the development of NASFCM as part of that mission.

1990: First annual meeting of the NASFCM. Mary Nelson elected as the first President of the NASFCM. By-laws developed and adopted (October 5, 1990).

1991: By-laws amended (October 31, 1991).

1993: In recognition of the significant overlap in issues pertaining to foster care and adoption, joint meetings bringing together foster care and adoption specialists were organized by the Children’s Bureau. NASFCM provides input to the agenda; once the National Association of State Adoption Programs was organized, that organization was also asked for input. NASFCM logo and pin developed by Rosa McKinney, West Virginia.

1994: National Resource Center for Foster Care, hosted by the Hunter College School of Social Work (1994-1999), was funded by the Children’s Bureau to provide training and technical assistance to the States on foster care issues and provided support to NASFCM as part of that mission.

1995-1997: The nationally recognized PRIDE (Parent Resource, Information, Development, and Education) curriculum for training foster and adoptive parents was developed by several state managers. The development and implementation of this curriculum was chaired by Donna Petris and then by Patsy Buida with support from the Child Welfare League of America.

1998: NASFCM and NRC established regular informational teleconferences, allowing foster care managers to discuss important topics as a group throughout the year.

1999: The Children’s Bureau announced the funding of the National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning. NRCFCPP hosted by the Hunter College School of Social Work (1999-2004).

2000: NASFCM and NRCFCPP established a list serve, allowing foster care managers to connect more easily throughout the year.

2001: The National Association for Foster Care Managers and the National Association for Adoption Managers began to meet in conjunction with the Children’s Bureau conference, bringing foster care and adoption managers together.

2003: By-laws reviewed (November 5, 2003).

2004: The funding of the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning was announced by the Children’s Bureau. NRCFCPPP is hosted by the Hunter College School of Social Work (2004-2009).

2006: Annual meeting held in San Antonio, Texas (the first annual meeting to take place outside of Washington, D.C.). Members voted to begin moving the conference around the country to support participation by states further from Washington, D.C.

2007: Annual meeting to be held in Portland, Oregon. Proposals for changes to the by-laws include: adjusting the system for elections so that the President and Vice President are elected in the same year in order to address issues of succession; allowing the Board to appoint a member to fill vacant positions (except President) when a position is vacated between elections; changes around notification regarding the meetings.

2008: The National Association for State Foster Care Managers launches its website for membership.

2009: The re-funding of the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections was announced by the Children’s Bureau. NRCPFC is hosted by the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (2009-2014). NRCPFC continues to act as secretariat and provide Technical Assistance to the NASFCM.

2010: A password-protected section of the NASFCM website was added exclusively for Foster Care Managers to house NASFCM information and support peer to peer information sharing between States.

2014: NRCPFC ends their role as the secretariat to the NASFCM