February 2023 Newsletter

Help NOAS celebrate Brinlee and Makenna's adoption.

Makenna and Brinlee were adopted on January 26, 2023 after 1,064 days in foster care they joined their new family. NOAS is so happy for all of them.

NOAS will be hosting the first-ever Country for NOAS Kids Music Festival on Saturday, May 13 featuring Chris Higbee. 

Chris will be joined by emcee Karli Datish. Opening for Chris will be Human Way and Alex Seier.


Aside from musical performances, the festival, hosted at the Griffin-Sloas Airflied, will feature multiple area food truck vendors and several onsite auctions for a fun and unique experience. 


The festival's proceeds will support the connections, training and support for the families and children that NOAS serves. 


We invite you to join us for an evening of dinner, dancing, auctions, and more in support of NOAS, which benefits children and families. Please join us at The Lake Club in Poland at 5:30 pm on March 11. For more information, visit www.noas.com or contact Kathy at 330-856-5582 ext. 110.

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Mrs. Pulliam is a Partner at S Jones & Associates LLC (Warren) and a Partner at DSV & Associates LLC (Key West, FL). Stephanie is the managing partner of both firms’ tax operations. She is one of only about 48,000 practicing Enrolled Agents in the United States. An Enrolled Agent (EA) is a federally-authorized tax practitioner empowered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax issues, including audits, collections, and appeals. She has over 25 years of experience in accounting, payroll, tax planning, and preparation for individuals and businesses. She is very involved in her community and has served as Treasurer of Howland Boosters. Stephanie’s service to our mission is personal, as she was adopted as a child.


NOAS is always looking for open-minded, nurturing, flexible and cooperative people to change the life of a foster youth. You can help families and children in need as well as help to keep sibling groups together. Become a foster caregiver with NOAS. Pre-service classes (as mandated by the state of Ohio) are beginning March 8, 2023. This format is a virtual weekend schedule. To register, contact: Michelle Wolcott at 1-800-686-6627, Ext. 123 or email at [email protected]


Have you ever considered becoming a foster caregiver? Not sure where to begin? Start with our FREE Foster Care Expo! Join us on April 29th from 9 am-3 pm at the Pro Football Hall of Fame with celebrity speaker and former NFL player Shawn Crable. Meet with public and private foster care agencies, hear from licensed foster caregivers during our panel presentation, network with current foster caregivers, and enjoy vendor tables and giveaways, and valuable parent resources.

Email [email protected] to register for this free event.


NOAS prides itself on our training program. At NOAS, we are here for you every step of the way. NOAS charges NO FEES for any of the classes listed below. The following continuing education programs will be held VIRTUALLY.


Our Connect Our Kids trainer, Simone Gant, conducted a lunch and learn training for Mahoning County, Trumbull County and Columbiana County Children Services offices. These trainings were created for professionals find contact information for extended family members and other connections by searching over 300 sources of data. NOAS provides in person training as well as answers and assistance when using the Connect Our Kids tools. One on one coaching is also available. For more information, contact Simone at 330-980-4940 or [email protected].

Meet Crashawn

Age 16

Crashawn is the most precious guy you could ever meet. To know him is to love him. He enjoys company, being read to, music, music, and old cartoons.

See more children who are waiting for a family just like yours.


Are you open-minded, curious, flexible and caring? Have you ever thought about becoming a foster caregiver? In order to provide potential foster caregivers with the information they need, NOAS is hosting a series of "Foster Curious" open houses. We look forward to seeing you at one in your area. Dates and locations are listed below. Do you have questions? We have the answers.

Thursday, February 23

Generations Cafe

from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

31 S. Main Street Main

Columbiana, OH 44408

Tuesday, February 28

Mocha House

from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

7141 Tiffany Blvd

Boardman, OH 44514

Monday, March 6


from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

5000 E. Market Street, Suite 26

Warren, OH 44484


NOAS is celebrating Black History Month by featuring black athletes, actors, actresses, comedians, and scholars on our social media pages. All of these people were also foster children. In spite of being in and out of foster homes, they were able to overcome barriers and succeed in life with the support and connections they gained.  


During this month, NOAS also recognizes the great need to intentionally recruit for diversity. This includes recruiting BIPOC families to foster BIPOC children, to lessen the possible trauma that a youth may experience when cross-cultural placement occurs, and to decrease the disproportionality rates. NOAS is committed to developing culturally responsive practices that provide support and resources to ALL foster and adoptive families. For more information on NOAS’ diversity recruitment efforts, please email [email protected].


Due to the urgent need for supportive role models, NOAS is seeking MENTORS for both current foster youth ages 12-17 and former foster youth aged 18-21. Do you have 6 hours per month to commit to a foster youth for one year? If so please reach out to Kaitlin at [email protected].

To learn more about NOAS please visit www.noas.com

Phone: 800-686-6627 ext. 126
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