Special Needs Adoption and Permanency Services

OUR MISSION: To support children in foster care who have special needs, to decrease the time they wait for permanent families, and to expand the geographical boundaries in which the best adoptive families may be found.

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About SNAPS, Inc.

Staff Bios

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 listing exchange and family advocacy charity, we create programs and projects that not only support youth while they wait for a permanent family, but also assist youth who may now or in the future need an adoptive parent or couple.

The Youth Empowered to Succeed (YES) Mentor Program - when needed, the YES Mentor Program provides adult mentors for teens being served by a SNAPS program. 

Idaho Wednesday's Child & Wednesday's Child Northwest (Oregon) - Every year, over 60 of the children referred to the Wednesday's Child waiting child program are welcomed into permanent families. That's a 75 percent permanency rate. Our vision is to see that outcome reach every youth who wants to be nurtured within a committed family.

Intensive Child-Specific Recruitment - The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) partners with SNAPS, Inc. to provide specialized recruitment services to older youth who may otherwise wait longer to find adoptive or guardian parent(s). Social work recruiters from SNAPS work hand-in-hand with the youth and their DHW casework team to shorten the time youth wait for willing, appropriate adoptive parents.  

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 30 children in Idaho each year to receive specialized recruitment services. To contact a WWK Recruiter in Idaho:

The Bags 4 Bears Project provides local Children and Family Services offices with duffel bags filled with teddy bears, pajamas, books, fleece blankets, hygiene kits & snack items for children entering child protection.


SNAPS also assists other individuals or organizations in gathering and delivering needed items to children of all ages in foster care. A few projects within Idaho's communities that benefit children in foster care are:

Back to School Backpack Project
The Idaho Chapter of the Pajama Program

Holiday Giving Tree - various businesses in Idaho's southeast Treasure Valley donate gift cards for foster youth

We want to assist others in serving these children. Please take the time to 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 mentor, a donor, a sponsor.

Believe me when I say, "A child is waiting for you." Thank you for  visiting our web site.


Marti Wiser, LCSW
Executive Director SNAPS, Inc.