As an Advocate for America’s Kids Belong I am honored to introduce this organization. AKB is a 501(c)3 organization that mobilizes government, faith-based, business and creative leaders around the goal of permanency and belonging for every child. Combining grassroots and “grasstops” methods, America’s Kids Belong runs innovative campaigns in states to ensure that every child is in a loving home by recruiting more foster and adoptive families, as well as engaging wrap-around support for at-risk, foster and adoptive families along the way.
They are also the creator of the I Belong Project, a personal favorite, bringing a voice to children looking for their forever family.
I am a proud member of The International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO). This international network is dedicated solely to the promotion and support of family based foster care across the world based in the UK. We are a volunteer and member based organisation providing a multi-cultural platform for young people, foster carers, social workers, academics, researchers, volunteers, media, policy makers and others to network and share information on a global basis. IFCO fully supports recent UN legislation stating that all children have the right to a family and our role is to enable the exchange of information through our conferences, consultation and networking to facilitate improvement and promotion of this model within a fostering environment.
The Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic and audio exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care. The Heart Gallery of America is a collaborative project of over 80 Heart Galleries across the United States designed to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our community.