Foster Parent Legislative Evolution

Yesterday Grant Kirsch, Heidi Renee, and myself in person, along with Josh Kroll and Noah Gamill by phone, met with Senator David Niezgodski at the Capitol. Topic of discusssion was SB 398 SUBSIDY NEGOTIATIONS. We are working hard on this issue. I spoke with Senator Jon Ford who will be reaching out to Seantor Niezgodski and Senator Grooms who is the Chairman of the Family and Children’s Services Committee. We also met with Senator Grooms this week. 
I am a believer that CHANGE IS COMING! 
(No promises) We are in the midst of a FOSTER PARENT LEGISLATIVE EVOLUTION!!!

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#IFAAP2019Session — with Jon Ford and 15 others at IFAAP Headquarters.

Subsidy Negotiations

If you had Subsidy Negotiations that were less than desirable please comment or send email to kristi@fosterandadoptiveparents.org with the subject SUBSIDY NEGOTIATIONS.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month With Governor Holcomb


Governor Holcomb with his pinwheel cupcake in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. We also gave him a pinwheel to wear on his lapel. April is the month we stop to reflect on the innocent lives that have been lost and have suffered trauma due to abuse and neglect. 

IFAAP Members Support Senate Bill 233 Foster Parent Bill of Rights

Senator Jon Ford, Author of SB 233 Foster Parent Bill of Rights, IFAAP CEO Kristi Cundiff and members Crystal Yoder, Nikki Malott, and Ernie Shearer, along with RJL Solutions Jenn Kersey, Director of Advocacy and Client Affairs, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce Vice President Kristin Craig, celebrate the unanimous vote in the Family and Children Services Committee. The bill will now move to the second reading before going to the Senate for a full vote.

CEO Kristi Cundiff Excited To Work With New DCS Director Terry Stigdon

IFAAP CEO Kristi Cundiff met New DCS Director Terry Stigdon while at the Governor’s Residence at a luncheon held in her honor. “I believe in the future of DCS and look forward to positive changes Director Stigdon will bring to the foster children of Indiana and the families who care for them.”

Governor Holcomb Invites IFAAP To Luncheon At Governor’s Residence

IFAAP CEO Kristi Cundiff presented Governor Eric Holcomb an IFAAP Baseball Jersey while attending a luncheon at the Governor’s Residence. The luncheon was a chance to meet New DCS Director Terry Stigdon. Other leaders from community partnering organizations were invited to participate in a group discussion on the current problems surrounding DCS and what they believe to be the solutions. IFAAP CEO addressed the lack of child care funding as a priority for the foster parents.

Northside Community UMC Supports IFAAP Efforts

IFAAP CEO Kristi Cundiff speaks at Northside Community UMC. Pastor Clark Cowden and his amazing congregation for welcoming the IFAAP Clothing Closet into their church. I am so excited for support and future activities at Northside for Foster and Adoptive Children and the families who care for them.
Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
 

IFAAP Members Advocate for Foster Children at State Capitol

IFAAP members Heidi Curtis and Ernie Shearer, along with CEO Kristi Cundiff advocated for Foster Children at the Indiana State Capitol by handing out Paper Angels to State Senators.  Foster Children are often referred to as “Paper Angels” because of the large file folders full of paper documents with their name on them. Each Paper Angel had a specific foster child’s initials, age, and length of time the child has been in foster care.  Also attached was a verse to the song “Paper Angels” sung by former foster youth and Country Singer Jimmy Wayne. IFAAP Members hoped the Paper Angels would bring awareness to lawmakers of the emotional journey of a foster child.

 

IFAAP Members Make Paper Angels To Represent Foster Children

IFAAP members learned how to make Origami Paper Angels from Northside Community UMC Member Scott Horton. Foster Children are often referred to as “Paper Angels” because of the large file folders full of paper documents with their name on them. Each Paper Angel had a specific foster child’s initials, age, and length of time the child has been in foster care.  Also attached was a verse to the song “Paper Angels” sung by former foster youth and Country Singer Jimmy Wayne. The Paper Angels will be passed out to lawmakers at the Indiana State Capitol.