FAPAC was founded in 2000 to address the lack of inclusion of DC's foster, kinship, and adoptive parent's perspectives at tables of child welfare reform. FAPAC believed that through this grassroots effort, the community could combine its skills, knowledge, and compassion to effect systemic reform of the troubled child welfare system. Since our founding, we have evolved into a critical and well-respected stakeholder combining strong advocacy efforts with an equally strong commitment to partnership and problem solving. FAPAC is the only DC organization whose singular purpose is to advocate for systemic change and problem resolution on behalf of children and families in the DC child welfare system.
An idea that originated as a coffee table discussion has matured into a strong, capable, and committed organization. Purposefully maintaining our grassroots culture, we have grown in the last fifteen years from one staff member to four full time and two part time staff, plus a team of dedicated consultants and an enthusiastic board of directors, all committed to seeing that our children find stability and permanency with loving parents who are well prepared and supported to meet the special needs caused by abuse and neglect.
FAPAC's mission is "to improve the quality of life, well-being, and dignity of children in the District of Columbia by strengthening, supporting, and empowering foster, adoptive, and kinship parents to serve as advocates for their children's needs; building bridges with birth parents; working as an organizational agent of systemic change; and by partnering with other District agencies to provide innovative stabilization services to families at risk."
As an organization whose staff and board is majority comprised of current or former foster and/or adoptive parents, we support a vision of strong prevention programs to keep families intact; high-quality, well-trained, and supported foster placements when children do need to come into care; serious efforts towards reunification and other permanency; and meaningful and effective post-permanency services to support children and families and keep them stable and healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions about FAPAC
Who does FAPAC help?
FAPAC 's programs serve families of the District and resource parents of DC children residing in Maryland or other jurisdictions. FAPAC's systemic advocacy focuses upon issues and needs of children and families served by the DC child welfare system. Our direct service programs serve resource parents of children from the DC child welfare system (including post adoption and guardianship) as well as any DC parent who may benefit from our parent support and education programs.
What services does FAPAC provide?
FAPAC is an organization dedicated to positive systemic change of the District's child welfare system. In a model that pairs advocacy with partnership, FAPAC works to improve practices, policies and regulations that impact DC's children and families. Additionally, we provide direct individual and group support and training services. Please visit our Program page for more detailed information
Does FAPAC provide legal help?
We are not attorneys but we provide referrals as appropriate.
Is FAPAC part of the District government?
No, we are a private 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the District of Columbia.
How is FAPAC funded?
FAPAC is funded primarily through foundation grants, individual contributions and fee-for-service contracts. No funding is accepted that will compromise our advocacy efforts.
Does FAPAC charge for services?
All of our programs are free for families. Fees may be charged to organizations or professionals.
How do you join FAPAC?
FAPAC is not a membership organization. You do not have to join to be served. However, we rely upon donations to survive so we appreciate your support at any time!