COSA is a Collaborative Team of State Resource Parent Associations

Providing Mutual Support, Networking, and Legislative Guidance
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About the Council – What is CoSA?

Welcome to the National Foster Parent Association’s Council of State Affiliates… ‘COSA’ for short!

Our purpose is to offer assistance and guidance for State-level organizations that are dedicated to providing support to Foster, Kinship and Adoptive parents.

What We Do

Networking

We meet regularly to share how other States offer support out-of-home caregivers, discuss particular challenges being faced by the member States, and offer wisdom and guidance to one another.

We serve as a connection between Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents and their State Associations

Education

CoSA serves as a clearinghouse for Best Practices and resources for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship care support, nation-wide and at the state and local levels.

CoSA offers State Affiliates a place to share their educational videos within NFPA’s Training Institute, making their resources available within their state and nation-wide.

Advocacy

We send regular communication to our Affiliates about legislative developments that have an impact on caregivers.

We inform State Affiliates and NFPA members of the status of important child welfare issues and policy changes.

The Benefits

Our interaction allows our Affiliates to be more educated about options and alternatives that might be introduced in their States.

For example:

  • What benefits are offered in other states?
  • What are the rules in place for the foster or adoptive homes in other states?
  • What education and supports are available?

This open discussion creates opportunities to understand what’s possible, and to advocate for new or improved laws and supports in the Affiliate’s home state.

The Results

We create and suggest strategies for presenting our needs to the local and national legislative bodies that can make a difference for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents.

We believe there is strength and support in numbers! By working together, the Affiliates are better educated about what’s happening in other states, and are better equipped to advocate for the rights of parents in their home state.

Follow HR 3058, Recruiting Families Using Data Act.

NFPA has been instrumental in helping move this bill forward, making ongoing Congressional connections with legislators and staffers, and with our Capitol Hill Day during our NFPA Fall Meeting. Twenty of NFPA’s CoSA members met with 12 Congressional leaders and staffers and participated in a high-level impact briefing with staffers from the House Ways and Means Committee to discuss the complexities of foster parenting and needed support. The dialogue at this meeting between NFPA CoSA members and congressional leaders and staff helped move the bill forward for review.

The Countdown to our 53rd Education Conference is underway!

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Our Partners Say…

Denise Blakney
(I) wanted to share that this experience has reignited and fueled me to return to Texas with a renewed fight to create a safe environment for change in the Foster/adoption and kinship space. I was beginning to lose hope but thanks to NFPA, I believe in the fight.
Denise Blakney, CEO
Building Future Families
(I) wanted to share that this experience has reignited and fueled me to return to Texas with a renewed fight to create a safe environment for change in the Foster/adoption and kinship space. I was beginning to lose hope but thanks to NFPA, I believe in the fight.
Denise Blakney
Denise Blakney, CEO
Building Future Families
DeAnna Alonso
The National Foster Parent Association provides statewide connection to other peers and leaders in the field of foster care and kinship/relative care. This is a unique benefit and can provide critical information from state to state.
DeAnna Alonso
Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association
The National Foster Parent Association provides statewide connection to other peers and leaders in the field of foster care and kinship/relative care. This is a unique benefit and can provide critical information from state to state.
DeAnna Alonso
DeAnna Alonso
Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association
Maurita McCorkle
The National Foster Parent Association has been vital in supporting and encouraging our efforts to reinstate our organization. There is so much experience and passion in this team of people that is contagious and encouraging.
Maurita McCorkle
Foster Family Alliance of North Carolina
The National Foster Parent Association has been vital in supporting and encouraging our efforts to reinstate our organization. There is so much experience and passion in this team of people that is contagious and encouraging.
Maurita McCorkle
Maurita McCorkle
Foster Family Alliance of North Carolina
Amanda Cruce, LCSW
It has been amazing working with NFPA! We have co-hosted two conferences in my time on the board and the experience, dedication and speakers that are attracted to these events are unparalleled in the foster care community.
Amanda Cruce, LCSW
Florida FAPA
It has been amazing working with NFPA! We have co-hosted two conferences in my time on the board and the experience, dedication and speakers that are attracted to these events are unparalleled in the foster care community.
Amanda Cruce, LCSW
Amanda Cruce, LCSW
Florida FAPA
Lisa Guillette
Having served in my current role for over fifteen and a half years, I can always rely on the NFPA to keep me informed about foster care policy and practice issues in other states. It is great to have a peer group available to offer information and support!
Lisa Guillette
Foster Forward
Having served in my current role for over fifteen and a half years, I can always rely on the NFPA to keep me informed about foster care policy and practice issues in other states.  It is great to have a peer group available to offer information and support!
Lisa Guillette
Lisa Guillette
Foster Forward
Tammy Wells
Being a part of the NFPA Council of State Affiliates builds relationships nationwide. It ignites my potential by providing guidance, support, and encouragement to better serve families, youth, and children in my own State.
Tammy Wells
Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association
Being a part of the NFPA Council of State Affiliates builds relationships nationwide. It ignites my potential by providing guidance, support, and encouragement to better serve families, youth, and children in my own State.
Tammy Wells
Tammy Wells
Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association

Our Leadership

Amanda Cruce

Amanda Cruce

Chair

Florida FAPA 

Tammy Wells

Tammy Wells

Secretary

Nebraska Foster & Adoptive Parent Association

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Meet Our Affiliates

The National Foster Parent Association’s Council of State of Affiliates are made up of state foster parent associations from around the United States. Council members advocate for needed changes and helps to provide better support to families who are involved with the child welfare system.

Ohio Family Care Association

Ohio Family Care Association

Families with children who have been in the custody of child welfare or juvenile justice systems too often feel disconnected from each other and from the agencies with which they are affiliated. These disconnects can result in caring people who may feel alone as they...

Texas Foster Care Association

Texas Foster Care Association

The Texas Foster Care Association was formed in the 1970s as Texas State Foster Parents, Inc. We currently do business as Texas Foster Care Association (TFCA) to better reflect that we serve and support the entire family unit and not only the foster parents. In the...

Florida FAPA

Florida FAPA

A Florida where children thrive because their foster and adoptive parents are fully empowered and recognized as expert partners in developing healthy families. Mission To support, educate, and advocate on behalf of foster and adoptive families. Contact 305-213-6627,...

Maryland Resource Parent Association

Maryland Resource Parent Association

Members of the MFPA participate on state and local Social Service work groups, advisory boards, commissions and councils. As informed resource parents and team members, the MFPA members share their years of experience to provide their input and guidance in areas such...

Foster Parents Association of Washington State

Foster Parents Association of Washington State

The Foster Parents Association of Washington State (FPAWS) is a non-profit corporation chartered in 1973 providing support and services to foster families throughout the State of Washington. Our Association has evolved over the years to develop direct support for...

Illinois Foster Adoptive Parent Association

Illinois Foster Adoptive Parent Association

Mission To support foster parents in achieving safety, permanence, and well-being for the children and youth in their care.​Illinois Foster Adoptive Parent Association was organize to provide support and education to foster and adoptive parents. By advocating for...

The NFPA has COSA Affiliate members in many states. If your state has not yet joined the Council, contact us today, or Become an Affiliate now!

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Ohio Family Care Association

Ohio Family Care Association

Families with children who have been in the custody of child welfare or juvenile justice systems too often feel disconnected from each other and from the agencies with which they are affiliated. These disconnects can result in caring people who may feel alone as they...

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