FosterAdopt Connect – 2023 A Year In Review

In 2023, Joplin FosterAdopt Connect served 55 families through our Kinship Navigator Program, connecting guardians to local resources in order to ease the burden placed on families living on fixed income or experiencing limited access to necessary resources.

Our Behavioral Intervention Team served 12 families experiencing challenges and obstacles within their daily routines and were able to equip families with one to one in home supports so that families can remain intact.

Our Prevention Services team served nine families facing crisis and through weekly support meetings and a Nurturing Parenting Curriculum, worked to keep families together and improve living skills to increase likelihood of future success.

Finally, our Sammy’s Window Clothing Boutique served more than 25 families each month throughout 2023.

Save the Date

April Foods Movie Trivia Lunch

Monday, April 1 | Located at Bookhouse Cinema, 715 E. Broadway Street, Joplin, MO

Join the FosterAdopt Connect team for an afternoon of lunch and trivia!

Journey Home Bus Tour

Friday, May 10 | Begins at FosterAdopt Connect Joplin, 1802 W. 32nd Street, Suites F and G, Joplin, MO

Discover what a day in the life of a foster child is like during this eye-opening bus tour.

Midsummer Murder Mystery

Saturday, June 8 | Located at Just A Taste Webb City, 105 S. Main Street, Webb City, MO

Uncover this midsummer murder at Just A Taste in Webb City!

Power Run

Saturday, September 7| Starts at FosterAdopt Connect Joplin, 1802 W. 32nd Street, Suites F and G, Joplin, MO

This event will feature a motorcycle poker run through FosterAdopt Connect’s service counties!

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Benjamin Boatwright

Ben is Joplin’s Prevention Services Manager and oversees our Kinship Navigation and Prevention Services Programs and recently began supervising these programs for our Poplar Bluff Branch in southeast Missouri.

Ben leads with kindness, intentionality, excellence and a passion for service. Ben has been working in non profits for nearly a decade and holds degrees from Missouri Southern State University and from Pittsburg State University.

Ben and his wife Annie are expecting their first child soon, so if you see Ben around make sure to congratulate him and welcome him to parenthood!

If you are interested in sponsoring an event, please contact Tom Furrh at or at 417.208.9222.

About FosterAdopt Connect:

FosterAdopt Connect is a non-profit that aims to break the cycle of generational child abuse and neglect by providing support services and advocacy for foster, adoptive, kinship, and biological families. The Joplin family resource center supports local families with nine programs: advocacy, behavioral intervention, community connections youth project, extreme family finding, fostering prevention, kinship navigation, Sammy’s Window, training, and 30 days to family. For more information about these programs or to find out how you can help support their mission, contact FosterAdopt Connect Joplin at 417.744.9728 or visit


Tom Furrh, Branch Manager
FosterAdopt Connect

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