History

AN IDEA ROOTED IN PASSION

Fostering Change for Children, formerly known as CTWOCAT, was co-founded in 2005 through the passion and dedication of Barry Chaffkin, CEO, April Dinwoodie, CoFounder, and Doris Laurenceau, CoFounder.

Having spent over 17 years working in the Child Welfare field and holding various leadership positions, Barry knew that as a CEO, he wanted to the flexibility and creativity to approach the challenges of the Child Welfare system.  One of the major challenges Barry noticed as a young leader working at an NYC foster care agency was the high level of turnover.  Understanding that caseworkers meant to do well, the lack of support and training at all levels often resulted in their premature resignation. This in return, often led to children staying in the foster care system and decreasing their chances of finding a permanent home.

With passion as a driving force to solve this challenge, Barry set out to ignite something new and creative. He called April and Doris, they all met at a Red Lobster, and from there, Fostering Change for Children was born. Today, FCFC has grown into one of the top agencies tackling caseworker turnover in the nation, centered and focused around the NYC Child Welfare system.

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2005

Changing The World One Child At A Time, CTWOCAT, is founded by Barry Chaffkin, April Dinwoodie, and Doris Laurenceau.

2006

Adoptment grows and expands to New Alternatives for Children & Hillside Rochester.

2006

1,000 workers and professionals trained on best-practice approaches to address challenges in the Child Welfare system.

2008

5,000 Child Welfare workers and professionals trained on best-practice approaches to challenges in the Child Welfare system.

2010

10,000 workers and professionals trained on best-practice approaches to address challenges in the Child Welfare system.

2011

CTWOCAT changes its name to Fostering Change for Children (FCFC).

2011

JULY

Children’s Corps launches with an inaugural class of 23 starting off with a month-long training at Columbia School of Social Work.

2014

JULY

Over 135 Children’s Corps members trained and placed in Child Welfare positions throughout NYC and Westchester.

2018

SEPTEMBER

UpFront, the LGBTQ+ support group,  launches through a Partnership with Brooklyn Community Pride Center.

2018

JANUARY

Partnering with PowerOn from LGBT Tech, UpFront participants begin receiving tech such as phones, power banks, tablets, and laptops.