Montana State 
Parent Association

Rise and Shine - Song for National Adoption Month

Here is a real nice song written by Judge Jim Barfield from Georgia in honor of National Adoption Month.  The song is titled Rise and Shine.  We hope you enjoy it, and thanks to Judge Barfield for allowing MSFPA to share it.

“Who Are We”

The Montana State Foster Adoptive Parent Association is a non-profit (501-3-c) organization registered with the Secretary of State.   Foster parents created the Association in the early 1980’s to provide support for one another by bringing families together for an annual training conference and to advocate for children in the foster care system. 

Goals of the Association

  •      To provide an annual training conference for foster and adoptive families and other child welfare staff and agencies
  •       To collaborate with other agencies and associations to be a voice for foster and adoptive parents
  •       To advocate in the legislature and with Child and Family Services to assure a full array of appropriate post-adoptive services for adoptive families
  •      To incorporate Children’s expressed needs and wants into decisions regarding permanency
  •      To encourage and promote ongoing training for foster and adoptive parents


  • ·       To be the collective voice for all foster/adoptive parents throughout the State of Montana
  • ·       To bring about better communication between foster/adoptive parents and their agencies and the public
  • ·       To provide encouragement and leadership to foster/adoptive parents and placement agencies initiating and joining local foster/adoptive parent associations
  • ·       To upgrade the image of the foster/adoptive parents in their communities, the State and the Nation
  • ·       To provide a vehicle by which Montana foster and adotive parents can improve themselves, advance the quality of services to all foster and adoptive children, and to make their needs as well as the needs of foster and adoptive parents known


  • ·       As a member of the Montana Foster/Adoptive Parent Association
  • ·       The opportunity to join in advocacy efforts on behalf of foster and adoptive families
  • ·       Encouragement to provide leadership for activities, events and committees
  • ·       Information on the latest issues that affect foster and adoptive families and the children in their care


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