CMFCAA's 11th Annual Gala at the Capital Plaza Hotel on November 7 was a massive success; and we would like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, attendees, staff and everyone else who helps us pull off another excellent event!
"The opportunity to share the blessings, impact and overall support on our communities was center stage at our 11th Annual Gala. The keynote speaker, Rodney Walker, spoke from the heart and shared his journey to success through trauma recovery and eventually Yale. Rodney also taught us some valuable lessons: kindness, forgiveness and grace.
This year, we had 422 guests attend the Gala. They brought laughter and encouragement to each one of us. We are so grateful to each of you for celebrating Adoption Awareness Month with us.
Have a Safe & Happy Holidays from all of us at CMFCAA!"
"EVERY CHILD IS ONE CARING ADULT AWAY FROM BECOMING A SUCCESS STORY"
This was the major point from Rodney Walker's Keynote speech at the Gala and Wounds You Cannot See, the CMFCAA Education Event by Rodney Walker on November 8 at The Broadway Hotel in Columbia, MO. Rodney's story of triumph over trauma and adversity taught us all the valuable lesson of the power one person can have to change the life of any at risk child.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT!
There will be more photos & videos from the Gala and education event will be coming soon to our website!
A FOSTER CARE SIMULATION
We also held the 4th Annual JOURNEY HOME™ Missouri Bus Tour at the Lake of the Ozarks on November 25th. It was an eye opening and heart wrenching experience to give politicians and community leaders a small glimpse into what children go through entering the foster care system.
Finally, we are pleased to announce the grand opening of a brand new facility in Rolla, MO.
We have served the Rolla area for the past 11 years; but now we are ecstatic to be there physically to better help and support the foster, adoptive and kinship children and families in that area.
"We are very excited to be opening this new office in Rolla, to get our feet on the ground and out into the community to help children in need," said board chair Carol Fisher, "There are about 1,300 kids waiting for adoption and in need of our support and services. The really sad thing is that we are needed anywhere in the State of Missouri; but we are hopeful that we can fill the gap. The main thing we want to do is help the kids; and we want to do it well!"