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Staff Working from Home

Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association staff are currently working from home.  Our agency will continue to be open for business and providing critical services, just differently.  Feel free to call the office at 573-298-0258 when you have a need as phones have been forwarded.

Other Program Updates


Family Development:

Our Family Development trainers have been able to move their classes (including CPR training) online, providing virtual trainings, home visits, and assessments for prospective foster and adoptive families. Final licensing walkthroughs and hands-on CPR tests are on hold until the stay-at-home guidelines are lifted.

If you have any immediate needs regarding your upcoming training or any other concern, please feel free to contact Family Development Carol Montie at carol@mofosteradopt.com or call 573-476-6039.

 


30 Days to Family: 

Our 30 Days to Family® program is continuing to diligently search for relative and kinship placements for children first entering foster care. Over the last two weeks, they have completed 4 virtual walk-throughs by using FaceTime to connect with potential families. For a quick download of their intake form, simply click here: https://mofosteradopt.com/wp-content/ uploads/2019/10/30-Days-to-Family-Intake-Ref.pdf.

For assistance, contact Christal Jones, Family Finding Supervisor, at christal@mofosteradopt.com or call 573-298-0258.


The Kinship Navigator:

The Kinship Navigator program is using technology to meet virtually with families and respond to increased needs from families experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic, including helping with rent payments, utility bills, and other needs. They work daily to provide kinship families with up-to-date information to help them through this crisis.

For assistance from a Kinship Navigator, contact Supervisor Jason Evans at jason@mofosteradopt.com or call 573-693-9525.


Roots and Odyssey:

Although our Roots and Odyssey events are currently cancelled, our Direct Services team is working to provide resource families across our service area with fun packs and educational resources for in-home respite. The team is also setting up an online platform to enable resource parents to receive virtual training hours while at home. Staff continue to put together Begin Again Backpacks for children first entering foster or kinship care, working with families to ensure a safe drop off.

For Direct Services assistance, email Libby Beetem, Resource Coordinator at libby@mofosteradopt.com or call 573-298-0258.


Community Connections Youth Program:

Our Community Connections Youth Program specialists continues to work with former foster youth through phone calls and video chats. During this time of increased need, the CCYP staff are helping these youth access health services, secure housing and food, and apply for benefit programs to help navigate this crisis.

This much needed program is still available by contacting Supervisor Tommy Kulberg at tommy@mofosteradopt.com, or Specialist Danielle Holt at danielle@mofosteradopt.com, or by calling 573-426-6514.


Other Services:

CMFCAA is getting an increase of service needs due to layoffs, schools being closed, etc. We are dealing with this on a case to case basis and doing all we can to ensure there is food on the table and that children and families live comfortably in this scary time. Call 573-298-0258 if you are in need of services.


County, State and Federal Resources

Due to CoVid-19, Governor Parson announced a statewide stay-at-home order. We understand and appreciate the challenges in meeting the ongoing needs of our communities, families and children. CMFCAA is here to provide the most current information as it relates to our current CoVid-19 statewide resources and federal supports regarding the Economic Impact Payments, childcare information and school wide resources.

From the Central Missouri United Way:

The Cole County COVID Assistance Helpline is now operational thanks to City and County leadership, and all of the health and human service agencies, churches and organizations that have taken this leap of faith with us to continue to best serve our community as a unified resource.

Cole County COVID Assistance Helpline

Phone Number: 573-634-6999

Hours of Operation: 8:30 – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Services: Grocery/food pantry delivery, pharmaceutical delivery (non-narcotics) and other critical direct services.

Additional COVID Helplines in counties served by the United Way of Central Missouri led by local city/county collaborative efforts include:

Camden County Community Assistance Hotline

Phone Number: 573-346-6145

Hours of Operation: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Services: Grocery/food pantry and pharmaceutical delivery (non-narcotics).

Miller County Community Assistance Hotline

Phone Number: 573-692-0426

Hours of Operation: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Services: Grocery/food pantry and pharmaceutical delivery (non-narcotics).

Morgan County Community Assistance Hotline

Phone Number: 573-378-0623

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Services: Grocery/food pantry and pharmaceutical delivery (non-narcotics).

Child Abuse and Neglect hotline:

For many child advocates, their focus is on Missouri’s Child Abuse and Neglect hotline department. As of today, calls are down by 50%. This is an alarming jump! We are projecting increases in the next coming months. To learn more about this story click here: www.stltoday. com/news/national/crime-and-courts/calls-to-missouri-s-child-abuse-hotline-have-plummeted-worrying/article_b8bcbf13-c335-5e51-a845- 1a0b4571f84d.html. If you see something, say something.

Hotline Information:

If you are concerned for a child’s safety, call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-392-3738. This toll-free telephone line is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If a child is in immediate danger, please call 911.

To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ 2019-ncov/index.html


 

A Letter from CMFCAA President & CEO, DeAnna Alonso