IFAAP Members Testify In Favor Of Senate Bill 233 Foster Parent Bill of Rights

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.

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.

 

Adoption Education Event – First Thursday Nights – Indianapolis

From 4-8 p.m. on First Thursday Nights, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has a reduced entry fee of $5 for non-member adults and youth. Parking is free.

The Indiana Adoption Program will have an information table at the Children’s Museum where anyone interested in adopting children from the foster care system can meet with an Adoption Champion to have their questions answered and receive free materials on adoption. There will be crafts for the children at the table.

Adoption Education Event – Kids’ Community Halloween Party – Kokomo

FREE annual Kids’ Halloween Party hosted by Solidarity. There will be free indoor trick or treating and fun activities for your kids! Other activities include:

  • Costume Contest
  • Local Mascot Dance-off
  • Dance Performances
  • Inflatable Bouncy Castle
  • Music

The Indiana Adoption Program will have an information table where anyone interested in adopting children from the foster care system can meet with an Adoption Champion to have their questions answered and receive free materials on adoption.