CMFCAA names new executive director

Jill Quaid (Submitted photo)
Jill Quaid (Submitted photo)

Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association has a new executive director.

The nonprofit's board has chosen Jill Quaid, who previously spearheaded the Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation, a nonprofit in Hillsboro that creates partnership with organizations willing to address causes and conditions of poverty in Jefferson and Franklin counties. Under Quaid's leadership, the nonprofit's budget grew from $10 million in 2015 to its current $29 million budget.

Quaid is set to begin her tenure at CMFCAA on Nov. 13.

CMFCAA's mission is to provide essential services and support to kinship, foster and adoptive children, youth and families in Central Missouri. Offerings include training for potential foster or adoptive parents, "Begin Again Backpacks" for newly fostered children, Odyssey respite events, The Trunk clothing and supplies store, 30 Days to Family initiative, Extreme Family Finding, and the Community Connections Youth Project for young adults transitioning out of foster care.

Since 2022, CMFCAA has doubled its size to about 70 full-time employees. At the same time, its budget tripled from about $2 million to about $6.5 million.

With the growth, founder DeAnna Alonso has transitioned from chief executive officer to her new title of president/founder. She will focus on external engagements, fundraising, donor management and public appearances, continuing to be the face of the agency.