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Roaring success: Gala transports attendees to the roaring '20s

Volunteer of the year award at the Gala

CMFCAA's Tricia Swartz (left) presents the Volunteer of the Year award to Karen Forester at our Nov. 3 Puttin' on the Ritz gala

People mingling and bidding on the silent auction items

People mingling and bidding on the silent auction items

It was a full house with over 330 attendees.

In the world of gala fundraisers, grandeur and elegance often coalesce to create unforgettable moments. Our Nov. 3 Puttin’ on the Ritz gala wowed attendees with its splendor, creating an extraordinary evening filled with heartwarming tales and hopeful tomorrows.

But the true heart of the event was not only in its extravagance but in its altruistic mission. The gala was dedicated to supporting foster, adoptive, and kinship children, often some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Through various fundraising activities, including silent and live auctions and generous donations, the gala raised a record-setting $103,000. These funds will provide these children with much-needed support, resources, and care, offering them a brighter future and a chance at a stable, loving home.

The Puttin’ on the Ritz Gala was not just a night of opulence and entertainment; it was a night of compassion and hope, where the community demonstrated its commitment to providing better opportunities and brighter futures for those who need it most. In the years to come, the impact of this remarkable evening will be felt in the lives of countless children, serving as a beacon of light in their journey toward happier and more stable lives.


Introducing "A Family for Me"

At the Nov. 3 gala, Founder/CEO DeAnna Alonso announced “A Family for Me,” CMFCAA’s new initiative to secure permanent homes for Missouri’s adoptable children. This program features a monthly 2-minute TV segment on KMIZ-TV 17, spotlighting a child from the Missouri Heart Gallery.

For years, Alonso has dreamed about creating such a program at CMFCAA. It was shot at Pumpkins Galore in Wright City, featuring Denzel, who said he wants a family that “really cares. A family that wants to invest in me, and I want a family that actually truly loves me.”

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DeAnna Alonso discussing A family for me at the 2023 Gala
Denzel picking up a pumpkin
Mental health workshop

Our Community Connections Youth Project recently organized a workshop focusing on mental health, where participants gained insights from Cherisse Thibaut of Loveworks LLC. Thibaut highlighted the profound effects of stress and trauma on the body, causing both emotional and physical reactions. Chronic stress can manifest as symptoms including grief, numbness, and heightened alertness. Despite this, challenging experiences can lead to post-traumatic growth, enhancing resilience and inner fortitude. The importance of recognizing and managing emotions was emphasized, with practical tools such as 'I feel' statements and emotion wheels helping express complex emotions. Resilience building encompasses a range of strategies, including developing coping mechanisms, nurturing social bonds, practicing proper breathing techniques, and maintaining a positive outlook. By understanding the impact of stress, engaging in emotional mindfulness, and honing resilience skills, individuals are better equipped to handle trauma, turning adversity into a source of personal growth and strength.

Christmas is coming don't forget to sign up for assistance!

Christmas is coming! Sign up for assistance here!

Musial Awards


Hello, wonderful families of the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association! We have some thrilling news for you! 🎉

We're giving away LIMITED tickets to the prestigious Musial Awards at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Stifel Theatre in St. Louis! One of the honorees is the renowned retired Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright! ⚾🏆

🌟 About the Musial Awards:

"The Most Inspiring Night In Sports®" - The Musial Awards® have symbolized excellence and sportsmanship since 2005. Held in St. Louis, these awards are named after the legendary baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial. They honor the year's most outstanding moments of sportsmanship and individuals in sports who exemplify class and character. 

🎫 How to Enter the Giveaway:

  • Follow us on social media
  • Reply to this email telling us why you'd love to attend the Musial Awards and how many tickets you'll need for your family.
  • Be able to show that you are a foster, adoptive, or kinship family.
  • Act fast! The contest ends at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 16.

🏅 Winners will be announced tomorrow afternoon on Facebook!

⚠️ Important: Before entering, please ensure you can attend the Saturday event.

Let's celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship and enjoy an unforgettable evening at the Musial Awards! Good luck to all our families! 🌟👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🎉


Children in care often need someone to be a hero — to take them in and show love and compassion they otherwise may not have had. To those who step up to foster or adopt, we do everything we can to support you. It takes a community of heroes just like you to be able to provide that support. Please consider joining our monthly giving program and being a hero for these children so often overlooked. Thank you and we look forward to the wonderful year we will have in 2023!

$12 for 12 months, monthly giving levels

Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association
1704 Christy Court,  | Jefferson City, Missouri  65101
573-298-0258 | info@mofosteradopt.com

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