New Tool, FosterCareMaps.org, Connects Agencies and Potential Foster Parents

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Foster Care Central Inc. recently launched a new service, FosterCareMaps.org, to make it easier for potential foster/adoptive parents to connect with foster agencies. The site offers a user-friendly Google mapping interface that allows foster agencies to list their contact information and perspective parents to locate agencies in their area.

Foster Care Central Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its latest service: FosterCareMaps.org. The new Web site is a unique online recruitment tool that enables potential foster/adoptive parents to easily connect with foster agencies. FosterCareMaps.org provides a user-friendly Google mapping interface that perspective foster parents can search to find agencies that match their needs.

"Potential parents can use the map to locate a foster agency in their area and learn about the different services the foster agencies offer," said Stewart Gordon, president of Foster Care Central. "Foster parents can then fill out an online pre-qualifying questionnaire and submit it directly to the foster agency's recruiter."

FosterCareMaps.org is extremely beneficial to counties and private foster agencies seeking to maximize their contact with potential foster parents. Individual counties can use it to effectively advertise high-need areas. Foster care and adoption agencies can add their full description to the site, including contact information, Web site link and a video, for unlimited exposure online.

"The fostercaremaps.org membership is ideal for foster care/ adoption agencies wanting to locate potential foster/adoptive parents, track foster parent leads, analyze areas potential foster parents are coming from and market themselves online with in-depth program descriptions," Gordon said.

The FosterCareMaps.org Web site was created to meet a dire need. Feedback provided to Foster Care Central indicated that foster/adoptive parents and agencies/counties were having difficulties connecting effectively with one another. There were also problems with unreturned phone calls, miscommunication and a lack of upfront information about the details of fostering. Foster Care Maps not only address those problems, but benefits the foster care system as a whole. "With more foster adoptive parents, children will have more of a chance to be placed in a safe and effective home and, thus, have a better opportunity for long-term success," said Gordon, a former California foster agency social worker.

According to Gordon, there are numerous barriers to a child's success in the nation's foster care system, including ineffective communication among social workers and foster parents, lack of training, difficulty of accessing resources, negative stigmas of foster care, and lack of positive role models and mentors. Resources like Foster Care Central and FosterCareMaps.org are essential to breaking down these barriers and improving the lives of the country's foster children. "We acknowledge the problems, ignore the status quo, and take them head on in our innovative programs," Gordon said. "We will continue to add and refine programs until success is accomplished."

For more information, contact http://www.FosterCareMaps.org or Stewart Gordon at (916) 284-9790. To learn more about Foster Care Central, please visit http://www.FosterCareCentral.org.

About Foster Care Central Inc.
Foster Care Central Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, is the parent company of Foster Care Maps. Based in Sacramento County, Foster Care Central was created to bring attention and change to the nation's forgotten and most vulnerable population--the 500,000 plus kids in foster care. FosterCareCentral.org is a valuable one-stop resource for social workers, foster parents and others who are working to enhance the lives of foster children nationwide. The online social network currently has more than 2,000 members.

Contact:
Stewart Gordon, President
(916) 284-9790
http://www.fostercarecentral.org

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