New Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association Site Opens in Colombia | Central Missouri News
COLOMBIA – The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association (CMFCAA) opened its new office in Colombia on Wednesday.
CMFCAA held an official grand opening event Wednesday at the new office, located at 3620 Interstate 70 Drive SE.
CMFCAA also has locations in Rolla, Jefferson City and Osage Beach.
All locations work for educate, support and advocate for foster, adoptive and kinship children and families. The nonprofit organization offers services and partnerships with community and government agencies to develop healthy, self-reliant individuals and families, according to its website.
“Missouri has over 1,400 children in foster care in the Central Missouri region, so we hope that during Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, we can shine a light on the need for more foster homes,” said CMFCAA CEO DeAnna Alonso.
Tamara Fish is the organizer of a CMFCAA program called 30 Days to Family.
Fish said the opening of the new building meant a lot to her because she herself has been in the foster care system.
“The reason we ended up in the system was abuse and neglect,” Fish said. “I have a sister who wasn’t adopted, but I was, and the problem we had was that I was trafficked. »
Fish said she was trafficked at a young age by her own parents.
“I ran away,” Fish said. “I was homeless until I was 17. I met a family I went to church with who adopted me.”
Fish said the first thing her adoptive family did was put her in therapy. Once Fish became an adult, she joined the United States Navy.
“I went through a lot of incredibly stressful things while I was in the military, and as a result, I have a service animal that helps me deal with day-to-day issues associated with PTSD,” Fish said.
Fish has used her struggles in life to help others and ensure foster children are not victimized. She did this by launching 30 Days to Family, which has two main components: family tracing and family support interventions.
The CMFCAA said its primary goal is to bind the community together by providing vital resources and services to foster, adoption and kin families and the community.
Alonso and Fish said the new Columbia building would further help them achieve this goal.