To focus on the children we serve with targeted educational and enrichment opportunities that allow each child to fulfill his or her potential.
Of all the children in our community, foster children are the most at-risk of failure. A contributing factor is that at least 80 percent are removed from their homes due to their parents’ substance abuse and neglect. There are approximately 400 children in the foster care system in Collier County and only 88 licensed foster homes. In addition, only 50 percent of foster children graduate high school and only 3 percent graduate college. Friends of Foster Children Forever strives to fulfill the needs of every child who enters, or is at-risk of entering the foster care system throughout Collier County, regardless of whether they reside in a foster home, with a relative, non-relative, in a shelter or residential facility.
Friends of Foster Children Forever (previously known as the Foster Care Council) was launched in 1999 by Cathy and Stan Appelbaum and Lynn and Les Schultzel. The first year the organization provided for a handful of children, now we annually serve over 1,200. In 2000, FFCF was staffed by one part-time director and a handful of very talented and dedicated volunteers. Today, we have 6 full-time employees, and over 150 volunteers.