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We assist caregivers in meeting the specific challenges associated with foster, adoptive and kinship care.

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Foster, adoptive and kinship care families have challenging yet rewarding roles. Help us support the community by participating in our fun events.

News & Developments

CAFAF strives to provide the most up-to-date information regarding foster care, adoption and kinship care for the families that we serve. In addition we post information that may be of a benefit to child welfare professionals and the entire community.

We Strive to Make a Difference

The Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families (CAFAF) makes a difference in the lives of foster, adoptive and relative caregivers by providing support, training, and advocacy. The Alliance works in partnership with child welfare professionals and the entire community to nurture child safety, well being, and stability.

Become a Foster Parent Call 888-Kid-Hero

At CAFAF we work with DCF to find foster families who provide safe, caring homes for children while DCF and the courts plan for the children’s futures. To learn more call 888-Kid-Hero

Training

CAFAF supports a number of foster and adoptive training opportunities to help develop your core competencies. CAFAF Post-Licensing Module Classes, CAFAF Conference Series, CPR Classes and Foster Parent College.

Support

Helping to meet the unique needs of foster, adoptive and kinship care children by supporting their caregiver families. Along with Advocacy & Outreach which aims to help develop communities that also support caregiver families.

Donate to Foster and Adoptive Families

Monetary contributions to CAFAF will directly support our mission. The donations go toward a variety of needs for the organizations and the families we serve. Monetary donations work well for individuals who want to help but don’t have a lot of time to volunteer.

A Sincere Thank You From Our Staff!

The staff of the Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families (CAFAF) want to THANK YOU for ALL YOU DO!!!

Voluntary Care Management Program

The voluntary Care Management program serves families and youth with serious emotional challenges, mental illness and / or substance use disorders.

The goal is to support families by increasing their access to care.

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✨Staff spotlight ✨

Name: Melissa Lombardo

Job Title: Bilingual Executive Administrative Assistant

One of Melissa’s passions is to work for mission-driven organizations such as CAFAF. As an adoptive and foster parent during her time spent living in Nicaragua it is only natural for Melissa to want to support others going through a similar process here in her home state of CT. Working for CAFAF has been a rewarding part of her life as she assists families in both English and Spanish, connecting them to services including the Children’s Hope Fund, Kid Hero, a knowledgeable buddy, a caring Liaison, an open adoption attorney, a post-licensing training module, or a fun family activity.
Fun Fact: In her free time Melissa is an avid reader, likes to spend time in nature, and loves to exercise to Zumba.

CAFAF thanks you for all your hard work, Melissa!
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✨Staff spotlight ✨

Name: Melissa Lombardo

Job Title:  Bilingual Executive Administrative Assistant

One of Melissa’s passions is to work for mission-driven organizations such as CAFAF.  As an adoptive and foster parent during her time spent living in Nicaragua it is only natural for Melissa to want to support others going through a similar process here in her home state of CT. Working for CAFAF has been a rewarding part of her life as she assists families in both English and Spanish, connecting them to services including the Children’s Hope Fund, Kid Hero, a knowledgeable buddy, a caring Liaison, an open adoption attorney, a post-licensing training module, or a fun family activity.
Fun Fact: In her free time Melissa is an avid reader, likes to spend time in nature, and loves to exercise to Zumba.  

CAFAF thanks you for all your hard work, Melissa!

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Congratulations!

Awesome job Melissa B Lombardo!!!

Congratulations Melissa! Proud of you!

Way to go Melissa!

Thank you Melissa for all your support!

Melissa you are one awesome 👏 person.. we appreciate you and very grateful to have you in our extended CAFAF family!! Thank you, for all you do for me!!

We love you being a part of our CAFAF family!!?

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Margaret Doherty, Executive Director

Every morning I do the crossword puzzle in the Hartford Courant

I joined CAFAF as Interim Executive Director and loved it so much that I retired my law practice to stay as the Executive Director. I was a foster parent before adopting my son, I have a BSW and a Masters in Non-Profit Management and had represented CAFAF in some legal matters so I knew the organization well.

In my almost 10 years as Executive Director, I don’t believe 1 day has gone by without me hearing how much a CAFAF employee has provided much appreciated support to one of our families. And many days, I hear that more than one CAFAF staffer has helped one or more of our families. We are a dedicated bunch!

Thank you so much Margaret for all the hard work you do!
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Margaret Doherty, Executive Director
 
Every morning I do the crossword puzzle in the Hartford Courant
 
I joined CAFAF as Interim Executive Director and loved it so much that I retired my law practice to stay as the Executive Director.  I was a foster parent before adopting my son, I have a BSW and a Masters in Non-Profit Management and had represented CAFAF in some legal matters so I knew the organization well.
 
In my almost 10 years as Executive Director, I don’t believe 1 day has gone by without me hearing how much a CAFAF employee has provided much appreciated support to one of our families.  And many days, I hear that more than one CAFAF staffer has helped one or more of our families.  We are a dedicated bunch! 

Thank you so much Margaret for all the hard work you do!

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Well deserved❤️

Fantastic

No comment! 👎

Thank you, Margaret! I adopted 3, and CAFAF has done a lot for me and my family!

Thank you Margaret for being there when I needed it ❤️

You lead by example serving all along the way

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