IFAAP CEO Kristi Cundiff testifies in favor of SB 233 Foster Parent Bill of Rights before the Senate Family and Children Services Committee. The vote was unanimous in favor and now the bill will move to the second reading before going to the Senate for a full vote. “This is a great day for the Foster Parents of Indiana” Cundiff stated.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
IFAAP is looking forward and meeting the Indiana Department of Child Services New Director Terry Stigdon. We will work with Director Stigdon to bring about positive changes for the Foster Children of Indiana and the families who care for them.
IFAAP Welcome’s Director Terry Stigdon! For more on this story click on this link. http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/37154004/holcomb-names-dcs-director-calls-for-department-review
IFAAP is EXCITED to announce Senator Jon Ford from the 38th District has Authored Senate Bill 233 FOSTER PARENT BILL OF RIGHTS. IFAAP CEO Kristi Cundiff and members have had several meetings with Senator Ford concerning the struggles that foster parents face in Indiana while trying to provide the best possible care for their foster children. Senator Ford has always taken the time out of his busy schedule to meet with us.
To view more on the Foster Parent Bill of Rights click on this link.