The Missouri Alliance for Children and Families celebrates May (National Foster Care Month) all month long.
As part of the celebration, MACF will host an open house 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at 211 Marshall St. in Jefferson City.
The organization is recognizing 25 years of helping foster-connected youth and parents stay together safely and honor the local staff, foster parents and volunteers who serve these youth daily.
MACF uses innovative treatment models and creative approaches MACF uses to empower local youth and families experiencing trauma to live together and successfully complete their treatment programs in less time.
The organization contracts with the Missouri Department of Social Services to provide comprehensive foster care and specialized services for children each year through a network of partner agencies including Cornerstones of Care, Every Child's Hope, Great Circle, Missouri Baptist Children's Home and Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services, according to its website, ma-cf.org.
"Programs developed in recent years underscore the positive impact MACF and its partner agencies have made on the youth and families they serve," according to the website. "For example, Life Set allows youth to set and pursue their own goals, including for education and employment."
All 35 youth in the Life Set program in March were enrolled in appropriate education programs or had graduated. Seventy-four percent had found employment. About a third had found their own places to live.