• To develop permanent family connections for youth in foster care who cannot safely return home
• To center recruitment efforts on each youth’s individual desires for family support
• To prepare and support families before and after each permanency placement
From the founder and executive director of Special Needs Adoption and Permanency Services, Inc. (SNAPS):
Since 2002, this 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation has been devoted to children within the foster care system. As a family advocacy charity, we participate in programs and projects that assist youth who may now or in the future need an adoptive parent or couple.
OUR CORE BELIEFS are that:
Every youth deserves a safe, loving, lifelong family;
Regardless of age, every child is adoptable;
No child should emancipate (age out) of foster care without a family or lifelong connection.
These are the programs that embody each of these beliefs:
The Youth Empowered to Succeed (YES) Mentor Program - when needed, the YES Mentor Program provides adult mentors for teens being served by a Wendy's Wonderful Kids (WWK) Recruiter. In most cases, the relationship between a youth and his or her WWK Recruiter is that of a mentor and mentee. In special circumstances where a role model of a different gender, age or location is needed, SNAPS will recruit, train and supervise a mentor for a particular youth.
Wendy's Wonderful Kids - The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption partners with SNAPS Inc. through a Wendy Wonderful Kids (WWK) grant. This allows up to 20 children within each full-time grant site area to receive specialized recruitment services. To contact a WWK Recruiter in Idaho:
Brenda Ruiz, LSW - Southern Idaho
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids
Rachelle Smotherman, M.Ed., LPC
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Adoption Recruiter
SNAPS also encourages individuals or organizations to donate gift cards to WalMart or other department stores for celebrating an individual child's birthday or a special occasion such as graduation.
Please check out our programs and read about becoming a resource for a child in foster care; as an adoptive parent, a guardian, a foster parent, a donor, or an activity sponsor.
Thank you for visiting our web site and your interest in foster youth.
Marti Wiser, LCSW
Executive Director SNAPS, Inc.