About CSFPA

Colorado State Foster Parent Association (or just CSFPA)
1224 Washington Ave., Suite 30
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 463-7989
office@csfpa.org

History

The Colorado State Foster Parent Association was created in 1971 by a core group of foster parents in order to support the educational needs of foster parents statewide and to create a forum for foster parents to advocate for the rights of foster children and parents.  Since that time, CSFPA has grown to include foster parents, kinship parents as well as other child welfare professionals in its membership and as members of its board.  The organization has developed and implemented a highly credible annual statewide education conference as well as workshops and seminars throughout the year.  Additionally, CSFPA supports foster parents through member benefits, participation on state and regional committees and task forces and has developed mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations and businesses from both the public and private sector.  CSFPA is mainly a volunteer-led organization with a very active board comprised of foster parents and other child welfare professionals.

Mission

The goal of CSFPA has grown to better meet the needs of Colorado’s children in placement.  Since approximately 14% of children in placement are placed with family members, CSFPA extends its educational support to include "kinship" parents in addition to certified foster parents in order to positively impact and improve care provided to all of Colorado’s children in placement.\

CSFPA goals include:
  1. Conduct high quality education programs for foster/kinship parents that address the latest in social, physical/mental health, and developmental needs of children in placement by utilizing multiple mediums in order to truly be inclusive of the foster and kinship parents that CSFPA serves throughout the state;
  2. Provide members with resources and benefits that support the entire family throughout placement and into permanency;
  3. Advocate for public policy by participating in state, regional and national child welfare committees and task forces that support foster parent related issues, child welfare issues and issues concerning children in placement;
  4. Conduct ongoing public relations efforts in order to better educate the community and general public of the needs of foster children and the need for foster parents including foster parent recruitment;
  5. Develop strong community partnerships that support the association’s objectives and programs and target population.

Staff

Executive Director  --  Sherry Owens


Board of Directors

 President -  Sherry Bethurum
 Vice President -  Sister Michael Delores Allegri
 Secretary -  Roxanne Thompson
 Treasurer -  Heather Gonzalez
Past President -   Sister Michael Delores Allegri
Director - Sherry Owens
 


Questions?

If you have a question about CSFPA or foster parenting, please call our office at 303.463.7989 or email us at office@csfpa.org.

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