• 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
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.