Foster Family Alliance of North Carolina would like to start by introducing our steering committee. This group of 5 have been working together over 2 years now, to reinstate an association for North Carolina. We are excited to serve each and every one of you. You may contact us at 800 578 7770 or our email provided below.
Maurita has been a foster parent in North Carolina for over 17 years. Currently she and her husband provide housing for young adults, helping them transition to independent living. While she has had over 70 youth in her home over the years, she adopted 2 teens in 2012 and is in the process of adopting 2 young adults along with her husband. Professionally, Maurita has completed higher level training in working with kids who have been traumatized, as well as mental health training to support the youth in her care. Maurita also completed the Duke Non-profit Management Certificate in 2014 and served as Vice President and President of the North Carolina Foster and Adoptive Parent Association for 3 years. Recently, Maurita was contacted by NC State University to complete training documentation for foster families regarding how to be a support to kids with special needs and mental health diagnosis. Maurita has been an accountant in corporate America for over 30 years. She has also helped multiple non-profit organizations setup, cleanup, and standardize their accounting processes. Maurita has a great passion for foster care not only in our state but our nation as well.
Dana received her Master’s in business from Montreat College with a focus on Leadership Management and her Bachelor of Arts from Meredith College in Religion with a minor in Sociology. With 20 years’ experience in child foster care, she has held positions in the areas of direct care, education, supervision, leadership and staff development. Dana’s professional focus has been on addressing the needs of children and families in the foster care system. She has provided support and education to professionals, children and foster parents as they navigate the foster care system. Dana has provided training in the areas of behavioral management, crisis intervention, how trauma affects behaviors, self-care around trauma and the importance of building attachments. Dana is an adoptive mother to a sibling group of older boys from the child welfare system. Dana is passionate about her work with children and families and dedicated to the fulfillment of the Foster Family Alliance of NC.
Kate received her Ph.D. in School Psychology in 2013 from Penn State University. For over 10 years she has worked with children and youth, from infancy to adolescence, in a variety of settings including group homes, inpatient mental health facilities, and the public school system. Kate is currently a professor in the Psychology Department at NC State University. Since 2016 she has partnered with the Center for Family and Community Engagement, a public service and research center at NC State, to develop training resources for foster parents of children and youth with developmental disabilities.
Jim graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology-Child & Families Studies with a minor in Child Development from the University of Tennessee in 1991. He earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in 1993. Jim specializes in Adoption, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Parenting Issues, PTSD, Behavioral Problems, Anger Management, Family Issues, Marital/Couples Issues, Trauma, Child Welfare, Military Families. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Joanne received her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University in 1975. She is currently serving as a trainer in the Staff Development Office of the Division of Health and Human Services in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously, she was employed as Supervisor of the Parent/Family Involvement Unit of the Florida Department of Education; Parent Services for the Bureau of Student Services and Exceptional Education; Senior Trainer with the Children and Families Professional Development Centre in Quincy, Fl.; a Community Social Worker with the Severely Emotionally Disturbed Network (SEDNET) and Parent Specialist for Leon County Schools.
Alvin E Grindstaff, Jr., MATL, QP
Raised in Mitchell County, NC, Alvin, or Junior as most of his friends call him, is the Personnel Development Director for a private mental health provider in Morganton, NC, that provides an array of comprehensive service supports to adults and children. He is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University, earning his bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Afterwards, he worked as a licensing case manager, recruiting therapeutic foster parents for a private agency in Raleigh, NC. During this time he also served as the co-chair of the Western Adoption and Foster Care Association, spear-heading topics on providing supports to LGBTQ youth in addition to locating and training parents to be advocates and supports for those youth. He earned his master’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Argosy University in Pittsburgh, PA, which has led to his extensive training background inside the children’s mental health supports systems and services. He currently holds instructor certifications in the following curricula: Fostering and Adopting the Sexually Abused, Systems of Care, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Model Approaches to Partnership Parenting, and Red Cross First Aid and CPR.
Professionally, Mr. Grindstaff’s passion is to help people grow and develop their support potential through training, experience, and professional development planning. He joins the Foster Family Alliance of NC with a desire to support foster youth by listening to their needs and developing training that will be meaningful. His mission is to help prepare youth for the complexities of life as a young adult. One of his most closely held values is that of individual growth, which has served him well through his own journey from young adulthood into parenthood. In his view, the success of youth is rooted in parents who can adapt in an ever-changing world of technology and personal responsibility by instilling a sense of interdependence in youth and the resources available to them.