Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Homes.
FAM, the Foster Adoptive Mission, is comprised of three regional collaboratives dedicated to placing children in safe, nurturing homes in Connecticut. In 1997, the collaboratives began as part of a statewide initiative conceived by the CT Department of Children and Families and initially funded by a grant from the federal government to help identify the unmet needs of foster families. This initiative quickly grew into a vehicle that provided a unique opportunity for regional child welfare providers and other concerned citizens to collaborate and share resources and ideas aimed at supporting and recruiting foster and adoptive families. Until recently there were six regional community collaboratives for foster care and adoption in CT. In late 2009, four of these regional collaboratives (Foster Adoptive Mission, Partners United for Children, H.O.P.E., and M&M FACES) decided to adopt the FAM name, although all will maintain a local presence and local control over resources and decisions. Additionally, over the course of a number of years, the funding sources have changed. Now most of our funding comes directly from the Department of Children and Families through our fiduciary, Advanced Behavioral Health.
Today, FAM partners with independent, non-profit child-placing agencies, the CT Department of Children and Families, other family service organizations, corporate partners, as well as community leaders in foster care and adoption to identify new family resources for CT’s children in care. Resources are identified by conducting Open Houses in towns across the state as well as by FAM’s attendance at community events. We also partner with agencies to support current foster and adoptive families by staging events designed to promote family fun and cultural sensitivity. FAM also sponsors an annual scholarship dedicated to the memory of Kay Wyrick given out to a graduating high school senior of color who is currently, or was, in the CT foster care system.
FAM needs more patient, responsible, loving adults to help foster children and youth succeed in life. Consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent, a mentor, or a respite provider. Do it for the kids. Do it for yourself. Do it to make a difference. You will be giving the gift of family to a deserving child or youth. FAM is here to help you make that difference.