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 2020 CFAP distributed backpacks and supplies for 187 kids. Special thanks to Embroider It, Apple Tree Quilting, and Freddy’s Ice Cream who all provided donations to support this great event, and our colleagues at Great Circle for helping make the day extra special.
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 228 children in 2019.
Initially entering foster care is one of the most traumatic things a child and their family can face. At a moment’s notice they are asked to pack what belongings they can, if any, and oftentimes 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. From November 2019 – October 2020, we delivered 471 baskets!
2020 Board Members
President- Kathryn O’Hagan
Past President- Lisa Parrish
Vice-President- Lisa Crader
Treasurer and The Giving Tree Chair- Karen Anderson
iBelong Basket Chair- Erin Strong
Back to School Picnic Chair- Elizabeth Taylor
Board Member – Brad Young
Board Member – Abby Rainwater
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.