The new logo for the National Association of State Foster Care Managers was designed by 16-year-old Kayla in collaboration with FosterClub, the national network for young people in foster care. Kayla has been in the Minnesota foster care system off and on for six years. Kayla says, "I chose to make a family using hearts to represent the goal of foster care, which is to provide a loving and safe family for children."

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n May of 1989, foster care specialists from nineteen states came together for a two day symposium in Washington, D.C. which was federally funded and organized by the Child Welfare Institute. Foster care specialists participated in work groups around a range of subjects, including: practice, management, funding, and the importance of upgrading staff and foster parent training and role responsibilities; they also discussed liability and public image education concerns. Key issues that emerged from their discussions were their need for greater access to information and the importance of communication between the states. The participants unanimously agreed that regular meetings were essential to their effective operation. This conclusion led to the development of the National Association of State Foster Care Managers (NASFCM), which held its first Annual Association Meeting in Washington, D.C. in 1990. Mary Nelson, Ramona Foley, Jean Fiorito, Donna Petris, and Jean Doll played crucial roles in establishing the NASFCM; all of these pioneer organizers also served as President of the NASFCM in its early years.

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The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections is a service of the Children's Bureau - ACF/DHHS. Although the National Association of State Foster Care Managers is a separate organization, the NRCPFC acts as the secretariat for the National Association of State Foster Care Managers and supports its annual meeting and all other efforts.