FosterAdopt Connect NWMO
FosterAdopt Connect NWMO (Chillicothe) is a nonprofit organization that specializes in solving problems for kids and families involved in and affected by the child welfare system. Our mission is "to provide foster and adopted children a stable, loving and nurturing family environment by support and advocacy for abused and neglected children and the families caring for them."
Longtime foster and adoptive parent Derek Williams, and his wife, Dr. Amanda Williams, founded this branch of FosterAdopt Connect in the spring of 2016, after many conversations with the FosterAdopt Connect administrative team. Derek, a former teacher and drama coach, had an empty building in downtown Cameron, and could see how much the foster and adoptive families in Northwest Missouri needed the support that was widely available thanks to the FosterAdopt Connect resources located in the Kansas City area. As an all-volunteer organization, subsidized by the Williams’ generosity, the NWMO resource center was opened in April of 2016, featuring a direct services Sammy’s Window program, onsite supervised visitation facilities, training, and advocacy for foster and adoptive families.
By the Fall of 2017, FosterAdopt Connect's services outgrew the space in Cameron and the office was relocated to Chillicothe. Thanks to the generosity of our state partners, FosterAdopt Connect was able to transition from a volunteer-driven office to a paid professional staff.
Goals for FosterAdopt NWMO include growing revenue to support the programs from the NWMO community, adding programming that will benefit kids and families impacted by abuse and neglect in NWMO by channeling the passion of the community for kids who have suffered abuse into tangible and helpful services, and growing the pool of available resource families for kids, by supporting those families as they do this incredible work.
FosterAdopt Connect does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs or services. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and members.