2019 Call for Candidates

Schedule

Call for Applicants

  • August 17, 2019 until September 17, 2019 at 5 PM

Publication of Candidates

  • September 17, 2019

Notification to Membership                 

  • September 18, 2019

Electronic Voting Open

  • September 18, 2019

Electronic Voting Closes

  • October 18, 2019, at 3 PM

Results Announcement

  • October 18, 2019, at 4 PM at the Fall 2019 Membership Meeting

About the TFCA

The Texas Foster Care Association (TFCA) was formed in the late 70s as the Texas State Foster Parents, Inc. We currently do business as the TFCA to better reflect that we serve and support the entire family unit, including foster parents. in the past, there were many local foster parent associations that needed leadership and guidance, thus the beginning of our current association. Nearly 30 years ago, the State began outsourcing foster care to the private sector and many of those families were not included in local foster parent associations, creating more need for the TFCA to provide support resources. Due to other changes in the system, there was also an increased need for advocacy efforts. For over four decades, the TFCA has focused on supports and services needed by the children in foster care and the foster families who so diligently serve them.

2019 Election of Board Members

TFCA members will elect the President, Second Vice President, Secretary, and Regional Representatives in regions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 from the list of qualified candidates issued by the TFCA Election Committee.

Application Process

To be considered for a position on the Texas Foster Care Association’s (TFCA) Board of Directors, each applicant must be a member of the TFCA. 

To apply for an open position on the TFCA Board of Directors, review the online application, information, and bylaws. Follow the directions provided on the form and submit your completed application form to the TFCA Election Committee by 5 p.m. Central Time on September 17, 2019, to be considered by the TFCA Election Committee for an open position. The TFCA Election Committee will review and evaluate all applications for completeness. The knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities demonstrated by each individual, relative to the following established core competencies and leadership expectations, will be evaluated: 

  • Leadership qualities and experience
  • Commitment to the TFCA
  • Organizational awareness
  • Experience as a foster care or adoption resource parent or professional 

Candidates will be required to provide

  1. a campaign statement describing their interest in joining the Board of Directors, not to exceed 400 words
  2. a biography, not to exceed 200 words

The TFCA Election Committee will present a list of qualified candidates for positions to the membership no later than September 18, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome prior to the release of the list of qualified candidates to the membership.

Open Positions on the Board of Directors

Each officer of the TFCA must be an individual member, in good standing, of this state association and must be:

  1. a verified (certified as eligible for a placement), or formerly verified (closed in good standing) Foster/Adoptive Parent/Kinship provider at the time of election and meet qualifications as listed in the Policy & Procedure Manual; or
  2. a child placing agency representative who has served a minimum of one (1) year as a member of the Full Board; or
  3. a member of the community who brings expertise to the board and holds an individual supportive membership; and
  4. a candidate for the office of President must have served a minimum of one (1) term as a member of the Full Board

The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the ASSOCIATION whose duties and responsibilities shall include:

  • To preside at all meetings of the Boards, all meetings of the Membership and at the Texas State Foster Parents, Inc. Conference(s).
  • To be responsible for the general management and supervision of the affairs and operations of the ASSOCIATION.
  • To have the authority to appoint, with the approval of the Executive Committee, the Chair of all standing and/or Ad hoc Committees except for the Election Committee.
  • To be a member, ex-officio, with a vote, on all the committees of the ASSOCIATION, except for the Election Committee.
  • To cast the deciding vote if there are any tied issues at the meetings of the Board or of the members.
  • To officially and publicly represent Texas State Foster Parents, Inc.
  • To perform such other duties as provided by these bylaws or as commonly appertained to the office of President.

The duties and responsibilities of the Second Vice President shall include:

  • To act in the place of the 1st Vice President or the President whenever designated by the President.
  • To coordinate the development and functioning of the Regional Representatives.
  • To coordinate and correlate all written reports of the Regional Representatives and report such to the Boards.
  • To perform such other duties as provided by these bylaws or as commonly appertained to the office of the Second Vice President.

The duties and responsibilities of the Secretary shall include:

  • To keep a record and see that the President and those he or she might designate have a copy of all official records of the ASSOCIATION.
  • To keep all the official records of the meeting of the Board and members of the ASSOCIATION.
  • To record the minutes of the Full Board Meetings and the annual meeting of the membership.

View the DFPS Regional Map Here

Each region will be responsible for the establishment of funding for their Regional Representatives to carry out their duties, attend in-person Board meetings and to attend the ASSOCIATION’S Conference(s). Odd numbered regions shall have their elections held in odd numbered years. Even numbered regions shall have their elections held in even numbered years.

  • To represent the ASSOCIATION within the Geographical areas of their region.
  • To assist the development and growth of local Foster/Adoptive Parent/Kinship Provider Associations.
  • To keep informed on any matters concerning Foster Care programs in their regions and on a statewide basis.
  • To assist in an information network designed for the rapid dissemination of high priority information to the foster parents in the region.
  • To work closely with the Regional Agency Representatives of their region to foster better agency-foster parent relationships.
  • To report to the Editor of the Association’s official publication concerning foster parent business from their region.
  • To elect one of their members to serve on the election committee.
  • To make a quarterly report to the 2nd Vice President regarding activities of their regions.
  • To perform such other duties as provided by these bylaws or as commonly appertained to the office of Regional Representative.
  • To be responsible for securing representation to Regional Child Welfare Board meetings as a liaison of the ASSOCIATION.
  • To promote attendance of local Child Welfare Board meetings by Foster Parents and to promote attendance of Child Welfare Board members to local Foster Parent Association meetings.
  • All Regional Foster Parent Representatives are required to be an individual member of the ASSOCIATION.

2019 Application

Provide the voting membership your biography, please keep your entry to 200 words. *This statement will be made publicly available.
DFPS Region Map https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Contact_Us/map.asp
*This statement will be made publicly available.
e.g. time, fundraising, connections *This statement will be made publicly available.
Based on what you have read about the TFCA, how does your talent fit into the organization? *This statement will be made publicly available.
*This statement will be made publicly available.
Provide the voting membership your campaign statement. Campaign statements should be used to describe your experience and how that experience would benefit the TFCA. Please keep your entry to 400 words. *This statement will be made publicly available.
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