The National Voice of Foster Parents

Pre Conference


Presented by the NFPA's Council of State Affiliates

The Council of State Affiliates is the advisory Council to the National Foster Parent Association's Board of Directors.  The Council is represented by leaders of state foster, adoptive, and kinship care associations who communicate regularly to identify and address issues affecting these families at the state and national level. 

Come learn from leaders of resource family support organizations across the country.  Our expert panel will provide practical information about how to start and more importantly how to be a sustainable foster, adoptive, and/or kinship family support organization.


JUNE 28th from 9 AM to 12 PM

This is a FREE pre-conference event for those that are registered to attend the 2018 Annual Education Conference


Board Development



Innovative Support Programs


Panel Discussion & More

Keynote speakers

Jim Hatch

Jim Hatch, LSW, MBA is the director of Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine & the Kinship Program.  He serves on the Board of the National Foster Parent Association and is the Chairman of the NFPA Council of State Affiliates.  In addition to Jim’s 25 years of experience in supporting resource families, he and his wife were foster parents for 12 years and have two adopted children. 

Harriett Wynn

Harriet Wynn was born in Jacksonville Florida; she graduated from Stanton High School in Jacksonville Florida and Essex County College in New Jersey with an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Nursing. Harriett has two biological children, four adopted children,  7 grand children, and one great grandchild. Harriet has served on the Florida State Foster Adoptive and Foster Parent Association since 2001. Serving in many positions including being the current President; also she was the Independent Living chair, Treasurer, Vice President and Executive Vice President. She also serves as a member of the Counsel of State affiliates of the National Foster Parent Association.

DeAnna Alonso

DeAnna Alonso is currently the President/CEO of the Central Missouri Foster Care &Adoption Association, which serves 13 counties in central Missouri. DeAnna was the founder of CMFCAA in October 2008, along with two adoptive parents and one foster parent. DeAnna’s passion is derived from having been raised in the foster care system, ageing out of the system at 18 years old, only to become homeless and hopeless after emancipation. After years of struggle, she started the journey of healing and stomped the statistics. DeAnna has served as the Executive Director of CMFCAA from 2009-2016. She has served as the  President/CEO since 2016.

Verdell Daniels

Verdell Daniels graduated from Peabody High School in Eastman, GA.  Mr. Daniels is married to Eunice E Daniels, and they have been married for 42 years.  They have five biological children and two adoptive sons.  Mr. and Mrs. Daniels have been foster parents for 30 years.  He is an United States Marine Corp Veteran; serving a tour of duty in Vietnam.  Mr. Daniels attended South University and Savannah State University.  He has an Associate Degree in Business Management.  Mr. Daniels is the Vice Chair of the Counsel of State Affiliates and is the current President of the Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Georgia.

Cate Hawks

Cate Hawks, M.A., is the founding Director of NewFound Families-Virginia. She serves on the Board of the National Foster Parent Association and is the Vice President of the National Kinship Alliance for Children. She has served for over 20 years as a Governor-appointed administrator of mental health and child welfare services. In 2015, she was awarded the National Foster Parent Association’s President’s Award for her service in foster care.

Mary Grace Dondiego

For more than 36 years, Dondiego worked for the United States Department of Defense. Prior to her retirement, she oversaw the successful launch of the agency's Business Intelligence Center, where she engaged senior government and industry customers, analyzed data and provided strategic insight to educate decision makers and influence a healthy, viable and sustained industrial base. Now, as FAFS' Board Chair, she works to inform and influence the public to take action to help foster, adoptive and kinship families and the children and youth they serve.  

This is a FREE pre-conference event for those that are registered to attend the 2018 Annual Education Conference

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. The 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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