Forever Families Gala
Every child deserves a loving forever family.

September 14, 2018
Kansas City Convention Center - Grand Ballroom
6:30 - Cocktails
7:30 - Dinner

Imagine you just turned 18 and are suddenly responsible for everything in your life … and you have no one to call for help. You’ve “graduated” from foster care and are instantly homeless, unemployed, driving without a license, and you just found out you have a baby on the way.

These are the everyday struggles of youth who leave foster care without family support.

FosterAdopt Connect’s Community Youth Connections Project (CCYP) helps youth navigate the struggles of being thrust into adulthood with no resources or hope. 

Your attendance and financial gifts at the 2018 Forever Families Gala directly gives hope for a better future to former foster children searching for a life that breaks their cycle of trauma.

Of youth who exit foster care without a forever family:

Event Information


Kansas City Convention Center
Grand Ballroom
301 W 13th St
Kansas City, MO 64105


September 14, 2018
6:30 pm - Drinks and Entertainment
7:30 pm - Dinner and Live Auction
Dress: Cocktail to Semi-Formal

Live Auction and Gifts from the Heart

The exciting live auction packages support children who, through no fault of their own, have experienced abuse and neglect, but now have a chance at healing within a loving family. Gifts from the Heart is a chance to bid in support of youth who have exited foster care without the support of a loving family.

2018 Forever Families Gala Emcee

For 30 years, Joel Nichols has told the story of our Kansas City community on area television and radio. Joel will continue sharing the story of youth who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect at the 2018 Forever Families Gala.

“Many years ago, when I was at KMBC, I worked and became friends with a woman who was devoting almost all of her non-work time to a boy who had no family to call his own. He was quickly reaching the point of aging out of the program with no home or family for support. She became this boy's foster parent. It was not an easy transition for her, as a new ‘single Mom,’ or for the child who was in that confusing space between boy and young man. But, they made it work and are both so much better for the experience. It is a true honor to support the work of FosterAdopt Connect and, in particular, the Community Connections Youth Project in building a successful future for children and young people in our community.” - Joel Nichols

Sponsor a youth's success

Your individual or business sponsorship brings the year-round support that youth who have exited foster care without the safety net of a family need to develop into healthy adults.

Our generous sponsors investing in the future of former foster youth