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The Foster, Adoptive, Kinship, Parent Association (FAKPA) of Fresno County was established in 2003 by a group of Fresno-based foster parents (now known as resource parents). Meeting around a family kitchen table, it was there they devised a plan to establish a support system that would include resource parents, relatives, and adoptive parents in the Fresno/Clovis area.
Thousands of children in the California foster care system require temporary out-of-home care because of parental neglect, abuse, or exploitation. The largest percentages are African American and Latino children. The children, of all ages and varying needs, stay in foster care for weeks, some for years. Resource parents provide a supportive and stable family for children who cannot live with their birth parents until family difficulties are resolved. In most cases, foster parents work with their respective County social services staff and private agencies to reunite the child with birth parents. Resource parents often provide care to many different children.
Today, the FAKPA focus is to address the numerous daily issues facing resource parents, families in guardianship, adoptive parents, and kinship placements. FAKPA of Fresno County is the local chapter of the non-profit California State Association (CSFPA) serving Fresno, Clovis, Auberry and Selma.