As of April, 2020 all meetings will be held online via Zoom  for the convenience of all of our families.


Foster/Adoptive Family Memberships: $20/Year

Supporting Memberships: $10/Year


1st Thursday of the month

7:00om-8:30pm (online)


Interested in serving as a Member of the Manatee County FAPA Board? We'd love to have your help!

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2021 Meetings and Trainings


Thursday, January 7- Mental Health First Aid presented by Florida Department of Health, Manatee

Thursday, February 4- Successfully Working with Biological Families presented by Sunshine Health.

Thursday, March 4-  Circuit 12 Judicial Update and Dependency Courtroom Protocal

Join us as Steven Hurwitz, Chief Legal Officer for SCC and David Silverstien, Managing Attorney for CLS .

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Thursday, April 4-  Raising Children in Our Diverse World

Please join us as local adoptive Mom, Leslie, shares her experiences on raising a child of a different race through foster care and/or adoption.

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Thursday, May 6-  Learning from a Foster Care Alumni

Please join us as Manatee County FAPA VP, Author and Motivational Speaker Cindy Spray shares her experiences in foster care and her faith journey.

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Thursday, June 3- Learning About The Early Learning Coalition

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Thursday, July 1- Ethnic Haircare Tips for Foster and Adoptive Parents

Please join us as we are joined by a local hairstylist, parents and a former foster youth to help share their tips to give you confidence with Ethnic Haircare.

Thursday, August 5- Foster Parent Resources and Supports

We all know that it takes a village to raise a child and as a foster parent, we want you to have the opportunity to meet members of your village who are offering resources and supportive services for you!  You'll hear from Manatee County FAPA, Florida FAPA, Family Initiative, The TWIG and more!

Thursday, September 2- Learning from Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Thursday, October 7- Training from Prevent Child Abuse Florida

Thursday, November 4- Learning from Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Thursday, December 2- Training on Parenting Strategies from Parenting Matters

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