Human Services

Foster Care Coalition of Greater St. Louis, Inc.

For Every Child . . . A Place to Call Home

aka Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition

St. Louis, MO

Mission

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is a non-profit agency that strives to create permanency in every foster child's life by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive homes in the St. Louis metropolitan community.

Ruling Year

1991

Executive Director

Melanie Scheetz

Main Address

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard Suite 210

St. Louis, MO 63144 USA

Keywords

foster care, adoption, children, recruitment, retention, little wishes, a place to call home, KSDK, foster care, adoption, extreme recruitment, 30 days to family, crisis intervention, st. louis,

EIN

43-1570225

 Number

3143064265

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Adoption (P31)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

There are over 3,000 children in foster care in metro St. Louis, and more than 800 of these children are currently waiting to be adopted. Too often, children in foster care "age out" without being adopted by a forever family. Children who age out face a bleak future; unemployment, lack of educational opportunities, and incarceration are all too common. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition believes every child deserves a family, and has created groundbreaking, wraparound programs to recruit and support foster and adoptive families.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Foster Parent Recruitment and Adoption Services

Foster and Adoptive Family Support Services

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Percent of youth (re)connected with relatives at case closure

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Foster Parent Recruitment and Adoption Services

Context notes

Research shows children do better when they maintain a connection to their culture, upbringing, and community. The Coalition strives to keep kids involved in their church, school, and family.

Percent of children who remain in the home at case closure (placement disruptions prevented)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Foster and Adoptive Family Support Services

Context notes

Every disrupted adoption/placement also disrupts a child's ability to heal - and costs the state thousands of dollars. Our Crisis Intervention services save childhoods and taxpayer dollars.

Percent of students who met their educational goal

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Foster and Adoptive Family Support Services

Context notes

No child deserves a second-class education just because they've entered foster care. Our Advocates uphold their rights, support their parents, and educate their professional team.

Percent of youth matched with a permanent family

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Foster Parent Recruitment and Adoption Services

Context notes

Because the Coalition never gives up on kids, Extreme Recruitment was designed for the toughest-to-place children in foster care - children with special needs, older youth, and large sibling groups.

Percent of children placed with relatives at case closure

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Foster Parent Recruitment and Adoption Services

Context notes

30 Days to Family is our community's greatest tool for quickly and effectively finding families for children in foster care. We know it works for our kids, and it saves taxpayer dollars.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The Coalition strives to create permanency in the lives of foster children so they may grow, learn, and get a chance to just be kids. Pursuant to that overarching goal, we believe 1) every child should have a forever family who loves and supports them, and 2) every foster and adoptive family should receive efficient, means-tested, and accessible support. We want to reduce the number of children awaiting a forever family in the region (currently over 800), and the number of placements that disrupt (25%). We want to dramatically increase the speed at which children are placed (average stay of two years in foster care), and increase the rate at which foster parents continue fostering children (national average of 40% retained year-on-year).

1. Expand our groundbreaking services to quickly place the most difficult cases in foster care
2. Develop new programs to fill gaps in our community
3. Deepen our programs to ensure foster and adoptive families never lack the support they need
4. Constantly perform rigorous evaluation measures on all programs to ensure our families receive the highest-possible quality of services
5. Build relationships among stakeholders, professionals, and policymakers to leverage our existing assets and develop new capacities

1. Our staff are experts in all they do, with an annual turnover of 3% in an industry where 50% is typical
2. Our board is 100% invested in our cause, both emotionally and financially
3. Broad community support - we are the region's top recruiter of foster and adoptive parents, with highly visible partnerships in media, corporate, and nonprofit sectors
4. Recognized as thought leaders in foster care/adoption (featured in TIME Magazine and the New York Times)
5. Partnerships with member agencies mean financial support to the Coalition is amplified 26 times

1. The number of high-quality foster families in the region will increase 2. The number of children available for adoption will decrease through permanent placement, NOT through aging out 3. Current foster parents will receive more training of a higher quality 4. The average length of time a child spends in foster care will decrease 5. The number of placement disruptions will decrease 6. Our number of children and families served will increase as a share of the total area foster/adoptive families - because we know our programs produce unprecedented results

1. Our Dennis and Judy Jones Foster Care and Adoption program trained and prepared 43 of the 62 nonrelative foster families licensed in our region in 2017 2. Over 120 foster children were placed with a family in 2017 3. The retention rate for foster families served by the Coalition is 98% compared to 40% nationally 4. Extreme Recruitment places children in a maximum of 20 weeks compared to the national average stay of 2 years in foster care 5. Our support services prevent disruptions in 86% of cases, allowing these children to remain in the home 6. Our groundbreaking programs are currently being replicated or learned in over 20 sites, including Missouri, Virginia, Rhode Island, Ohio, New York, and D.C. What we have not accomplished: 1. Expansion of our services to meet the needs of all foster/adoptive families in the area without a waitlist caused by high demand 2. Systems-wide change in the child welfare system 3. Adoption of our best-practices across all sectors of child welfare

External Reviews

Financials

Foster Care Coalition of Greater St. Louis, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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