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Thanks to YOU: 25th Annual Gala Success!
Thanks to the collective generosity of  sponsors , volunteers, guests, and donors from near and far, C FCS' 25th Gala & Auction  on May 10 was a great success, raising almost $300,000. This revenue provides  critical funding  for our  community programs throughout the year and is essential in the continuance and expansion of our services. Your combined efforts have truly made a positive impact on the lives of our children and families! 
Gala photos are up!
Click image above to see the full photo album from our memorable event on May 10.
VIDEO: For Every Child
Click image above to view our newest video, debuted at our gala.
May is National Foster Care Month
2018 marks the  30-year anniversary of the first declaration of May as  National Foster Care Month, implemented by former president Ronald  Reagan in 1988! 

During this month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 430,000  children and youth in foster care across the US, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.

Interested in helping a child or know someone who is? 
CFCS is seeking foster parents to provide short-term and long-term care.

YOU can make a positive impact on the life of a child in need. To learn more about fostering, contact the IFC team at 617.876.4210. Our staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and will answer any questions.

In the meantime, check out the links below:
2018 Vivienne Campbell Foster Parent Award

The 2018 Vivienne Campbell Award recipients are Mark and Brenda Williams, dedicated fosters parents with CFCS for 23 years, caring for 20 youth during that time. 

They are devoted foster and adoptive parents who provided a stable, loving, and fun home for the children in their care. They were strong advocates for youth in meeting their educational goals, maintaining connections to their family, and working through their difficult feelings to heal from their traumatic experiences. Brenda (pictured right) and Mark felt that each youth in their care should never feel excluded from the family or be viewed negatively by society.

CFCS social work staff note that while living with Brenda and Mark, foster children "always knew that the couple had their back, even when they made mistakes. The kids in her home were so successful because she believed in them when they didn't believe in themselves; she kept supporting them so that they tried new strategies and let themselves be vulnerable, which led to a lot of development."

Sadly, Brenda passed away earlier this year, leaving CFCS staff and fellow foster parents devastated by the loss. She will be remembered for her laugh, determination, and commitment to her family and community.

Pictured left is Mark at our Annual Gala on May 10, 2018. He was recognized publicly and received a standing applause by all 325 guests.

For more about Brenda and Mark, and other recipients of the Vivienne Campbell Award, click HERE.
CFCS Youth Waiting to be Adopted
We've added a new page to our website: now you can view profiles of children working directly with CFCS who are awaiting adoption. Below are three profiles featured on our new webpage. Click on an image below to view a specific profile. Click  HERE to see all CFCS children awaiting adoption.

         Tammy, 12                      Emily, 9, and Joanna, 11                         Brady, 9
New Memoir by the Founder of the Cummings Foundation
CFCS would like to send a big THANK YOU to the Cummings Foundation for its partnership through the "100K for 100" grant program. These funds have allowed CFCS to jump-start  a huge transformation in the way we prioritize permanency for the youth and families with whom we work.   

At the end of a successful first year of the 3-year grant, we know that we could not have made the progress that we have without their support. The Foundation, and its founders Bill and Joyce Cummings,  showcase what "leading by example" really means -- building up a large and successful company and giving more than a $1bil to charitable causes along the way. 

To support this wonderful Foundation which has done so much for our community, w e would like to recommend the  new memoir by the Cummings Foundation's Founder Bill Cummings, "Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur's Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist." It is a insightful look into how his "belief in the goodness of all humanity" and commitment to giving back has impacted his life, and the lives of so many others, for the better.  All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the good work of the Cummings Foundation, and continue to support amazing local organizations such as  CFCS

Heather Lauten, Esq., delivers a compelling review of Cummings' published work:
"Starting Small" details Cummings' story of how, with a practical sensibility and belief in himself and others, along with an eye for making his own luck, he worked his way from conventional working-class beginnings to founding a real estate company with a portfolio of more than 11 million square feet of debt-free space in his totally unleveraged style.

What makes Cummings' self-made-man narrative unique, and worthy of attention, though, is the rest of the story. With the kind of detailed guidance that budding entrepreneurs will earmark for reference, and the charming conversational tone of a man who enjoys telling a tale, Cummings' book describes not only the life he and his wife, Joyce, have created by making the most of the opportunities that have come their way, but also how they have become philanthropists on a scale few accomplish, having already given more than a billion dollars to charitable causes."

Click HERE for Lauten's full review.

To learn more about Cummings' memoir and get your own copy, click HERE.