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Board President Carlos Graham addresses the crowd.

CMFCAA's board, the Jefferson City Chamber, and President/Founder DeAnna Alonso cut the ribbon at our new location.

With anticipation and excitement, we officially opened our new Jefferson City location at 1704 Christy Court to the public on Aug. 17. This marked the culmination of months of hard work and dedication.

What does this mean to you? It means that you — our foster, adoptive, and kinship families — have a place where you're welcome. You can shop for free at The Trunk for clothing and other items, use our visitation room, let the kids play on our enclosed and accessible playground, or just do a load of laundry or take a shower. We're open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and we want to see you here!

President/Founder DeAnna Alonso, the driving force behind this venture, expressed gratitude for the support of the community and shared the vision that has led to CMFCAA's explosive growth.

As the countdown began, the crowd joined in, and a cheer erupted as the ribbon fell to the ground. It was a symbolic moment, signifying the removal of barriers and the birth of something new and exciting.

Once inside, visitors were greeted by a beautifully designed space that reflected the passion and commitment to the Central Missouri youth and families. Guests marveled at the attention to detail and the warm, inviting atmosphere.


RSVP for this FREE finance workshop meant for young adults

   Offers youth and young adults the opportunity to learn about budgeting, tracking bills, beginner credit knowledge, and bank account management. 

     Cost: Free
     Date: Sept. 22
     Lunch: 12-1 p.m.
     Workshop: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
     Location: CMFCAA’s Regional Training Facility
     1704 Christy Court, Jefferson City, MO


Help us provide Thanksgiving dinner to foster, adoptive, and kinship families in Central Missouri

We are seeking donations of non-perishable food items for our Thanksgiving care packs. Each care pack will contain a turkey and 2-3 sides per family. Needed items include:

• Canned vegetables
• Boxed stuffing mix
• Pasta salad
• Mac & cheese
• Gravy mix
• Instant mashed potatoes
• Canned pie filling
• Dessert mix
• Your favorite side dish
• Accepting donations to help cover the cost of the turkeys

Help us provide Thanksgiving dinners to Central Missouri Families


For more info, contact:
rhiannon@mofosteradopt.com 573-418-4162 or chrissyc@mofosteradopt.com 573-616-6435


     Foster families and family professionals are invited to our free upcoming class,
     Beyond Self Care, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Signature Event Center in Rolla.

    Cherisse Thibaut, MSW, LCSW will present and teach the class.

     Cherisse Thibaut earned her Master's in Social Work from St. Louis University and holds a Clinical Licensure (LCSW). She began her career as a child advocate at a Child Advocacy Center. Then, she advanced into the position of Prevention Specialist and Liaison for the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. To work more closely with children, Cherisse worked as a supervisor and therapist in a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center for children and a Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Center for adolescents. She then became the Prevention Director at Missouri KidsFirst. Cherisse has trained thousands of individuals in the topics of preventing and responding to child abuse/neglect and preventing and healing secondary trauma. Cherisse is a professional speaker, a child abuse and neglect prevention consultant, a board member of Missouri Children’s Trust Fund and the owner of LoveWorks LLC.


You're Invited to the Puttin' on the Ritz Gala

An evening of elegance, entertainment, and giving.

Date: Nov. 3, 2023
Time: 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Capitol Plaza 

Join us for a night of glamour, sophistication, and philanthropy at the Puttin' on the Ritz Gala. This elegant event promises an unforgettable evening filled with:

  • Exquisite dining: Savor a gourmet meal, expertly crafted to delight your taste buds.

  • Live entertainment: Enjoy a captivating performance by The Dave Baker Band, sure to leave you in awe.

  • Silent auction: Bid on unique and luxurious items in our silent auction, with a live auction to follow.

  • Inspiring speakers: Hear from inspiring speakers who we have we have helped.

Your attendance at the Puttin' on the Ritz Gala will not only provide you with a night to remember but will also make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

Limited tickets are available, so don't miss out on this opportunity to be part of something truly special.

To RSVP or for more information, please visit our website.

We look forward to sharing this enchanting evening with you and celebrating the magic of giving back.


Big gift from a big heart

Sometimes it is not what you give but the heart behind it. When a family stopped by our Missouri State Fair booth in Sedalia, one of the boys said he loves foster care and he was in foster care. The child reached into his pocket and pulled out a quarter. He said, "This is all I have, but I love you guys and want to support you." His grandpa said he adopted both boys and was thankful for the great work we do!


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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