Foster Adopt Connect
18600 E 37th Terrace S.
Independence MO 64057-1998
Children need loving homes
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 350-0215
Mission Statement

Our mission is “to provide foster and adoptive children a stable, loving and nurturing family environment by support and advocacy for abused and neglected children and the families caring for them.”

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lori Ross
Board Chair Mr. Ken Eaton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Stepp and Rothwell, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Our mission is “to provide foster and adoptive children a stable, loving and nurturing family environment by support and advocacy for abused and neglected children and the families caring for them.”

Background Statement

We are FosterAdopt Connect - a regional foster/adoptive parent association and nonprofit direct service provider. We specialize in solving problems for children and families impacted by the child welfare system in Missouri and Kansas. Our mission is "to provide foster and adoptive children a stable, loving and nurturing family environment by support and advocacy for abused and neglected children and the families caring for them." We were founded in 1998 as the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association (MFCAA), and were, at that time, a small support group formed by an experienced foster parent and a brand new, energetic foster parent. Due to our perspective as a grass roots organization formed by foster, kinship, and adoptive families, we quickly became effective at implementing innovative programs and services that benefit foster/adopted children.

We are guided by a vision of the future where all foster/adopted children have the resources they need to succeed in life, and where all families receive the support and guidance needed to provide a loving home for children. We currently have a staff of 170 dedicated specialists, a board of 20 civic leaders, and a membership of nearly 4,000 parents and supporters. With offices in Springfield, Chillicothe, Poplar Bluff and Independence, Missouri, and in Olathe, Kansas, our specialized services and targeted support fill a unique niche where other services for this population simply do not exist.
Needs Statement

As we work to serve more children and families in need, our growing agency is in need of additional resources, including the following:

  1. Foster Parents: as the number of children currently in foster care continues to grow, the need for dedicated foster/adoptive homes has never been greater. You have the drive, we have the resources. Contact to learn more.
  2. Volunteers: FAC has numerous opportunities for community volunteers!
  3. Committee Members: We are always in need of community partners who can assist with planning our family events and outreach activities. Contact to learn more.
  4. Donations: Financial donations can be made through our website ( or by mail (18600 E. 37th Terrace S., Independence MO 64057).
  5. Gifts: Items (clothes, furniture, toys) can be donated at any FAC resource center. Contact to learn more or make a donation.
Service Categories
Foster Care
Family Counseling
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

As an association of foster and adoptive families, our focus will always be on pursuing a higher quality of life for the children who reside in our homes. We continue to hear stories about situations whereof children in our communities are being abused and neglected and these accounts inspire us to fulfill our mission of providing an array of support for families and children.

The greatest goal of any parent is to see their children succeed in life and transition to adulthood as independent, self-reliant, and resilient individuals. At FosterAdopt Connect, we partner with the dedicated, loving parents and families who compose are the backbone of the child welfare system, and work together to build a brighter future for our children.


FosterAdopt Connect helps families achieve the standard benchmarks of quality needed to be a foster parent in Missouri. Through our five resource centers (located in Springfield, Chillicothe, Poplar Bluff and Independence, Missouri; and Olathe, Kansas) we work directly with families who wish to open their homes and hearts to children who have suffered incredible abuse and neglect. Our “one-stop-shop” approach to service delivery reduces the time families and children must wait for licensing, training or family advocacy services. We also offer clothing and food distribution through Sammy’s Window, our direct assistance program. Our goal in this approach is to reduce the barriers families often experience when seeking assistance, resulting in higher parent satisfaction rates and a greater retention of foster families within the child welfare system. 

Services provided through our Resource Centers are tailored to the specific needs of families in that region – and may vary by location.

Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Adoption
Population Served Adults, General/Unspecified, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Research has shown that the primary factor underlying many families’ exit from foster care is negative interactions with case managers or other service providers. When this happens, families naturally feel isolated and unsupported – pushing many to terminate their foster home license. In 2016 we provided services to about 2,500 families through our resource centers, greatly increasing the likelihood that those families will experience a high level of satisfaction in their work and be retained for future service.

Long-Term Success

The ultimate goal of these services is to recruit, train, license, and support families to maintain a large pool of placement providers and options for children entering the foster care system – or, conversely, exiting the foster care system through adoption or legal guardianship. We know that children heal best from trauma and abuse when they are placed in a stable home with loving parents – resulting in higher quality outcomes during childhood and after that child’s transition to adulthood. 

Program Success Monitored By

  • Satisfaction survey: We use a short family satisfaction survey to identify trends and potential areas for improvement among our families. 
  • Retention rates: We analyze the number of families in Missouri whose license we hold, and the number retained on a year-to-year basis.

Examples of Program Success

Family Resource Center Outputs (2016) 

Sammy’s Window: Distributed clothing and food subsidies to 388 families – or 61% of all foster families in the Kansas City area


Finding Forever Families is a two-pronged approach to finding caring, stable homes for children and reducing the number of moves each child has to experience. When children enter the foster care system, an extensive search is begun for the perfect placement provider for that child or sibling group. FosterAdopt Connect’s 30 Days to Family program is an aggressive, front-end family finding service that seeks to divert children from the path that leads to multiple homes by placing them with family members rather than an unfamiliar foster family. What about the children who do not experience immediate placement, or have elevated needs? Our Extreme Recruitment program targets foster youth who are considered "hard to place”, and uses intensive search and concurrent planning, executed by recruiter-private detective teams, to quickly create permanency options for each child served.

Program Budget $659,143.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Foster Care
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Children who receive immediate placement often experience fewer mental health problems and fewer placement disruptions during their involvement in the foster care system. 

Long-Term Success

The children served by these programs are very likely to experience a placement disruption – likely influenced by their mental health circumstances and behaviors – and therefore, are also very likely to experience negative outcomes in adulthood like time spent in prison, drug dependence/self-medication, and loose or nonexistent relationships to adults who could otherwise provide resources or support. The long-term goal of these programs is to reduce the level of placement instability experienced by foster children, and thereby increase the likelihood that they will experience a higher level of parity with regard to outcomes experienced by the general population. We consider success to be a permanent placement solution for an elevated-needs child, with a well-defined plan for the family to access the resources needed to maintain the child safely in their home.

Program Success Monitored By

Piloted in conjunction with the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition (FACC) of St. Louis, Extreme Recruitment and 30 Days to Family are monitored through monthly data reviews involving administrators from FosterAdopt Connect and FACC. Indicators measured include number of opened cases within a certain time frame, time between intake and final placement, and other metrics regarding placement plan development and resource network documentation (Genogram). Overall, about 80% of all placement arrangements produced as a result of these programs are maintained in the long term (1-2 years following placement execution).

Examples of Program Success

Last program year, ER closed 30 cases. Of these cases, all 30 accomplished both of our key program goals: reconnection with a safe and appropriate relative/kin and matched with a permanency resource. Regarding 30 Days to Family, we saw 100% of cases close with at least one relative/kin placement option and two viable backup options. We also saw 85% of youth served being placed with relative/kin by case closure.


FosterAdopt Connect’s Family Connections Intake and Assessment Shelter is a novel program designed to reduce placement instability and the time children must wait for placement following their entry to foster care. We achieve this by providing rapid reunification services for biological parents and children, or by using our placement facilitation services to quickly identify and execute placement options. The overall goal for this program is to effectively reunify children with their birth families whenever possible and additionally provide well-supported, familiar alternative kinship placements when reunification cannot be achieved. Originally piloted in 2011, the Shelter has proven highly successful in making use of the natural crisis-response mechanism which exists in most families to redirect resources towards reinforcing placement stability. In 2017, we expanded the Shelter’s offerings to include a preschool program

Program Budget $781,824.00
Category Housing, General/Other Emergency Shelter
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Children are housed and receive therapeutic services while a placement provider is identified and the child is moved into their home. Alternatively, children are housed while their parents participate in rapid reunification. 

Long-Term Success

Long-term success of this program is characterized by a reduced likelihood that children participating in rapid reunification will need placement in foster care, and a reduced likelihood of placement disruptions in general for all participating children. The overall goal of this program is increase the quality of life experienced by children impacted by child abuse and neglect.

Program Success Monitored By

We use several metrics to determine the approximate level of success for the different services offered through Family Connections. Rapid Reunification cases are determined successful when the biological parents complete court-mandated changes and meet the counseling requirements of our program. Emergency placement cases are considered successful when the child/case experiences placement in a timely manner (typically between 30 – 45 days). 

Examples of Program Success In 2016 we served about 140 children and 28 families. We average about 8 cases per month. Average length of time before a child received placement (with parents or in foster care) was about 35 days. 

Community Connections Youth Project (CCYP) is a new service being piloted by FosterAdopt Connect that seeks to provide voluntary, strength-based case management services for youth who are in the process of aging-out of foster care, and do not have a large number of connections relatives, kin, or other positive/supportive adult role models.  Participating youth receive assistance in finding housing, jobs, healthcare coverage, crisis-intervention services, educational assistance, identification and driver's licenses, birth certificates and other essential elements/indicators of independence and adulthood. The overall goal of CCYP is to assist these young people (aged 17-26) achieve the short-term goals that pave the way for future success, and a lifetime of positive outcomes. 

Program Budget $519,291.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Immediate outcomes include the youth achieving at least 50% of their goals in a pre-determined time period.

Long-Term Success

Unfortunately, not every child who enters foster care experiences permanency. We envision a future where all older foster youth (who have not experience permanency through adoption or guardianship) are plugged into a coordinated system of care providers and community-based resources that help them successfully transition to adulthood from the highly structured foster care environment. In such a system, there will be dedicated workers who help youth identify goals, and assists them in accomplishing these goals – encouraging the development of self-reliance and resiliency. We believe providing these services will likely reduce the likelihood that participating youth will experience negative lifetime outcomes like time spent in prison or domestic violence.

Examples of Program Success

This project is still in the pilot phase, but is already demonstrating an ability to effectively, positively, intervene in the lives of participating youth.


This innovative service, piloted with assistance from the Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund, provides in-home behavioral therapy and supervision for foster families who care for children who exhibit emotional and behavioral problems that would traditionally be served through commitment to a residential facility or long-term psychiatric treatment. Families are paired with a highly-trained behavioral specialist who works in the home to implement a treatment plan developed in conjunction with the family and the child’s therapist. Behavioral Interventionist (BI) activities are meant to implement treatments based on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). Participating children work one-on-one with the behavioral specialist to attain life skills and coping mechanisms that help them self-regulate in moments of emotional crises – greatly reducing the likelihood that they will need long-term residential care, and increasing family satisfaction and cohesion.

Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Outpatient Mental Health Treatment
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success

By keeping children in their adoptive or foster home, we increase the likelihood that these children will experience positive lifetime outcomes, and reduce the costs associated with providing therapy to these children through residential treatment. Furthermore, access to these services has been shown to increase foster parent satisfaction rates, thereby increasing the likelihood that they will extend their length of service – in effect, growing the overall pool of available foster homes in Kansas City.

Long-Term Success

By keeping children in their adoptive or foster home, we increase the likelihood that these children will experience positive lifetime outcomes, and reduce the costs associated with providing therapy to these children through residential treatment. Furthermore, access to these services has been shown to increase foster parent satisfaction rates, thereby increasing the likelihood that they will extend their length of service – in effect, growing the overall pool of available foster homes in Kansas City.

Program Success Monitored By

We use several metrics to determine client progress, including observed progress according to the child’s treatment plan, reduced likelihood of need for residential care (measured by the CS-9 residential referral form developed by the Missouri Children’s Division), and the acquiring of daily living skills (determined by the DLA-20 assessment). Participating children typically require 6 – 8 months to demonstrate significant improvement, but services can be extended depending on the severity of the case.

Examples of Program Success

Although the BI program is still in its infancy, we have observed positive outcomes demonstrated by BI clients that indicate the program is accomplishing its primary goals. These include net increases in DLA scores (an increase of nearly 62% for all clients served in 2015 and 2016) and a decrease in likelihood for placement in residential treatment settings. Furthermore, parent satisfaction surveys indicate that we are highly successful at setting and meeting the expectations of families – helping to ensure their long-term cohesion and involvement in the child’s development. 

CEO Comments

The programs and services offered by FosterAdopt Connect are developed with the guiding principal that the needs of children are best addressed in the context of a dedicated home with a loving, capable family. We have created numerous innovative programs and services that directly impact the quality of life experienced by foster youth and their many families. Our services help reduce the anxiety and stress experienced by foster parents, and help children acquire their forever home – often greatly reducing the costs associated with the treatment of these children and families. 

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Lori Ross
Term Start Aug 2000
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000

Lori Ross has been a foster/adoptive parent since 1985 and has subsequently cared for more than 400 foster children. She holds a degree in psychology from Park University. Lori and her husband Randy are the birth parents of five children and the adoptive parents of twenty-three. Lori has worked with the Missouri Children's Division as a Teaching Foster Parent since 1991, providing pre-service and in-service training to foster and adoptive parents. She is one of the founding members of FosterAdopt Connect, and currently serves as the agency's President and CEO. Lori has worked as a child welfare consultant in a handful of other states through the North American Council on Adoptable Children. She sits on the national board of the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children All Families project, and on the board of ATTACh. She has participated in numerous local child welfare related task forces and boards, and has received several awards for community service and her work on behalf of foster and adopted children and their families, including being honored with the national Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption Award in both 2008 and 2016.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Chief Operations Officer
Experience/Biography Jennifer Johnson, who holds a BGS in psychology from the University of Kansas, oversees all FAC programs and operations. Jennifer has extensive experience overseeing programs at a variety of human service organizations – primarily related to the treatment of children with significant mental health needs.
Title Chief Financial Officer
Experience/Biography Leon Fisher, who is a certified nonprofit accounting professional (CNPA), oversees the management of the agency’s finances. Leon works directly with the Board and the President to identify and achieve financial goals. Leon has held several positions at the agency, including resource center director and development director for the organization.
Paid Full-Time Staff 75
Paid Part-Time Staff 90
Volunteers 122
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 59%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 29
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 64
Hispanic/Latino 4
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Other (Please Specify) Mixed/unidentified
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 77
Male 23
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

Our Partners/Collaborators: 

  • Cornerstones of Care
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Lifeworks, Inc.
  • Missouri Children’s Division
  • Kansas Department for Children and Families
  • Jackson County Social Services
  • Jackson County Courts
  • CASA
  • Local Investment Commission (LINC)
  • CAPA
  • Independence Hungry and Homeless Coalition
  • Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition
  • Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association 
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)2011
United Way Member Agency2014
United Way Member Agency2015
External Assessment and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2014
Outstanding Achievement Award-Children and Family AdvocacyAdoption and Foster Care Coalition of Missouri2005
Outstanding Advocacy-Foster and Adoptive Families State of Missouri2006
Cornerstones of CareOutstanding Family Advocates2006
Congressional Coalition on Adoption InstituteAngels in Adoption Award2006
Horace Mann AwardMissouri NEA2011
Recognized leader in supporting and serving LGBT familiesAll Children - All Families2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments

FosterAdopt Connect provides critical supports and services to foster and adopted children and their parents. Our organization was originally created as the grass roots response of foster and adoptive parents of children with significant needs with the goal of helping themselves and others meet the needs of the abused and neglected children in their care. Working together, these families were looking for the tools and training needed to help children begin to heal. FosterAdopt Connect’s founding members included five families who formed into a formal non-profit entity in 2000, and by 2002 had enlisted the assistance of a community Board of Directors. We hired our first paid employee in early 2005, and now have nearly 170 full/part-time staff members between our five locations in Missouri and Kansas. Our Board of Directors comprises an active and energetic group of committed individuals who care deeply about positive outcomes for children who have entered the foster care system. The Board meets monthly and works actively with several task specific committees to further the progress of the organization.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ken Eaton
Company Affiliation Stepp and Rothwell, Inc.
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Barbara P. Allen Skillbuilder's Fund
Dr. Keith Ashcraft M.D. Children's Mercy, Retired
J. Eugene Balloun Shook Hardy & Bacon
Janice Breakfield Hallmark Cards
Jamie Buer Community Volunteer
Raymond Cattaneo Priority Care Pediatrics, LLC and University Physican Associaters
Lee Driver Grant Thornton
Shanelle Dupree Dupree and Dupree, LLC
Ken Eaton Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.
Matt Flener KMBC News
Tom Gilcrest BlueScope Construction
Donna Gould-Cohen Community Volunteer
Mark Hegarty Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Kevin Hogan Watco Manufactoring Co.
Becky Joyce Hallmark Cards
Dr. Stephen Kaine Children's Mercy
Keith King Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Sandy Krigel Krigel & Krigel, P.C.
Margi Pence Community Volunteer
Bill Schwarz KCP&L
David Woods Hughes, Hubbard & Reed
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
CEO Comments

Foster Adopt Connect is overseen by a board of 20 individuals - who include foster/adoptive parents, civic leaders, current and former health care systems administrators, community volunteers and business leaders.

Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $4,446,958
Projected Expenses $4,445,041
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.     
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions--$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$453$32$27
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$53,459$52,645$44,138
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,867,761$1,040,349$736,048
Administration Expense$297,274$234,927$155,102
Fundraising Expense$234,188$201,136$109,931
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.302.001.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%70%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%10%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$4,302,098$2,572,816$369,357
Current Assets$866,193$1,544,695$273,119
Long-Term Liabilities$1,703,171$702,513$91,826
Current Liabilities$67,306$49,890$37,283
Total Net Assets$2,531,621$1,820,413$240,248
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.8730.967.33
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets40%27%25%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose

In 2015, FosterAdopt Connect moved our Springfield offices from a 1,200 square foot office into a 9,000 square foot facility. This larger space allowed us to bring the Sammy’s Window clothing closet and food pantry, which had previously been located north of Springfield, into the same facility with our offices. We were also able to immediately add 3 new programs to serve children in Southwest Missouri, making us a ‘one stop shop’ for foster and adoptive families. We have the opportunity to purchase the building we currently occupy. The newly renovated facility will allow us to expand our services and increase innovative programming to meet the needs of abused and neglected children and the families caring for them.

Dates Jan 2017 to Apr 2019
Amount Raised to Date $47,123.00 as of Oct 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments

FosterAdopt Connect continues to provide critical supports and services to foster and adopted children and their caregivers. The organization was originally created by foster and adoptive parents who had identified a serious need for assistance in meeting the needs of the abused and neglected children in their care.

Our agency has dramatically increased earned income within the last few years and has performed within budget expectations in both spending and fundraising. Most notable was the successful negotiation of a contract with the Missouri Children's Division to provide in-home behavioral interventionist services to Missouri foster families. The agency continues to demonstrate fantastic productivity on a limited budget in a tight economy. FosterAdopt Connect’s audits are current and confirm the agency’s strong fiscal stewardship.

Organization Name Foster Adopt Connect
Address 18600 E 37th Terrace S.
Independence, MO 640571998
Primary Phone (816) 350-0215
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lori Ross
Board Chair Mr. Ken Eaton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Stepp and Rothwell, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association