Back to School Picnic
The Back to School picnic is held annually at a Columbia park in late July/early August. The event is open to all Boone County relative caregiver, foster and adoptive families. Children receive a new backpack and school supplies to prepare for the new school year. A meal is provided to everyone who attends. In 2019 CFAP distributed backpacks and supplies for 194 kids with 200 meals served. Our thank you to Heartland Coca-Cola, Festival of Sharing and Columbia Orthopedic group who all provided donations to support this great event.
The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree is a program organized each year by Columbia Foster and Adoption Project in Coordination with Great Circle, Every Child’s Hope, Missouri Alliance for Children and Families and Boone County Children’s Division to provide Christmas gifts for Boone County children in foster care. Foster parents assist the children in filling out Christmas wish lists, then residents of the community adopt a child’s list to purchase gifts from and return the gifts to CFAP for distribution. Gifts were provided for 197 children in 2018.
Initially entering foster care is one of the most traumatic things a child and their family can face. At a moments notice they are asked to pack what belongings they can, if any, and often times don’t even fully understand why they can no longer be with their family. Many of these children have been exposed to things beyond their years. An I-Belong Basket is a basket with a purpose to provide comfort to children as they enter the foster care system and to provide important and necessary supplies to support the foster parent or relative caregiver who will be providing for that child. These help ease what is often a scary transition. These baskets all stay in our community and surrounding counties so you can assure your donation supports a local child and their caregiver. We thank Storage Mart for their generous assistance in storing our baskets until they go out for delivery.
2019 Board Members
President- Lisa Parrish
Vice President- Erin Strong
Treasurer- Karen Anderson
Communications/Social Media- Kate Watson
Advisor- Craig Stevenson
The work that Columbia Foster and Adoption Project does all year does not happen without the generous support of individuals and businesses. If you are interested in being an ongoing sponsor of our work please contact us.