Creating Families

Families are the building blocks of society. Learn more about the many ways that MFCAA recruits, trains, licenses, and supports families.

At its core, MFCAA is a comprehensive support and advocacy center for abused and neglected children and all of the various types of families caring for them. Many of our programs are designed to recruit, develop and strengthen families for children who have suffered abuse and neglect. Our Extreme Recruitment, Licensing, and Family Connections Intake and Assessment Shelter are leading the way to better practice with families, offering hope to children who desperately need it.




  • Foster parents are people who are passionate about providing abused and neglected children with the opportunity for a positive future.

  • To meet the needs of our foster, adoptive and kinship families, MFCAA offers pre-service and in-service training for foster, adoptive and kinship families. Additionally, each year MFCAA provides one or more professional in-service workshops designed to bring promising practice information to child welfare workers and therapists.

  • The demands of caring for children who have suffered a history of traumatic experiences can be overwhelming to even the most hardy of caregivers. To provide much needed opportunities for time away, MFCAA qualifies interested community members to provide respite care services to Missouri children, and offers a referral and match program to help foster, kinship and adoptive families to get the help they need.

  • Utilizing the skills of an experienced detective and recruiter team, this highly successful innovative program created by our sister organization, the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition of St. Louis, takes on the challenge of finding multiple extended family members and kin relationships for older youth in foster care who are most at risk of aging out without an adoptive resource.

  • In response to a dramatically increasing number of kids coming into foster care in the Kansas City area, MFCAA created a program that challenges the child welfare system to raise the bar and provide comprehensive and intensive services quickly and effectively. This program preserves families, reduces trauma to children and parents, and saves taxpayer dollars.