The National Voice of Foster Parents



Tammy Wells, Chair

  • Establishes a Compliance Officer
  • Compliance Officer receives and investigates any Whistle Blower complaints and reports to Directors
  • Monitors compliance of bylaws, policies and procedures, etc., to include required signed and filed policies for All Board Directors
  • Assist accountant in selecting auditor for annual audit
  • Ensures proper and timely submission of Form 990
  • Talks with auditor to get audit report and management letter, discusses the audit findings and management letter findings with the Directors
  • Audits expenditures for appropriateness and compliance with budget, makes recommendations to Finance committee when warranted
  • Ensures NFPA follows all required financial/audit policies required by federal and state guidelines


Thomas Rector, Chair

  • Preparation of annual budget
  • Resource development
  • Caregiver notes/logbook, other items for generating revenue
  • Ensuring funds are used wisely by Board and contractors
  • Monitoring budget
  • Recommending budget adjustments to Directors when appropriate


Mary Beth Dondiego, Chair

  • Bylaws/Articles of Incorporation
  • Reviews and updates to Board policies and procedures, forms, etc.
  • Board composition, Director recruitment, orientation for New Directors
  • Provisions of Conflict of Interest, Code of Ethics, and Whistle Blower policies to Directors annually
  • Director self-assessments
  • Director training/continuing education
  • Strategic planning and plan reviews
  • Revise, then distribute and collect NFPA Director/Committee Chair Quarterly Reports


Shawn Johnson, Chair

  • Communications/Social Media
  • Conference planning and implementation
  • Helen Stone Scholarship
  • Cedar Works
  • Youth Scholarships
  • Friends of NFPA
  • Overseeing membership list with Administrator
  • Setting dues and dues categories with approval of the Board of Directors
  • Responding to selected emails/calls from foster parents with assistance of State FPAs


Emily Christensen, Chair

  • Public policy/Position Statements
  • Walk Me Home
  • Siblings ad-hoc work
  • Diversity in general with Native American, LGBTQ, Military carve outs
  • Kinship Care
  • Work with Membership Committee to identify new programs/make recommendations for long range planning to Board of Directors and work with Governance Committee to see how the new program(s) fall within the Strategic Plan
  • Assess current programs and make recommendations to Board of Directors when needed

Sub Committees


Foster Family Bio Kids



Public Policy

Walk Me Home

Youth Scholarship

The National Foster Parent Association is a champion for the thousands of families that open their hearts and their homes to the over 400,000 children in out-of-home placement in the US. NFPA believes in the importance of family-based care for foster children and that every child deserves support and a permanent family.

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