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Foster and Adoptive Parent Association Hires Executive Director

Published: 3/20/2018 2:37:21 PM
Modified: 3/20/2018 2:37:25 PM

Concord — The New Hampshire Foster and Adoptive Parent Association has named Bobbie Gaudette, a longtime foster parent, as its executive director.

The position was created using funding from Wendy’s, the fast food chain whose founded was a proponent for adoption from foster care. It is the first paid position at the association in many years, said Stephanie Sullivan, president of the board at the association.

“The hiring of a part-time executive director is a strategic step in expanding services and strengthening the organization’s position as a leader in policy and advocacy work to improve child protection systems,” Sullivan said. With the state currently in critical need of more foster homes, this is especially important, she said.

“Every opportunity we have to engage and support foster parents is an opportunity we must seize. By expanding our team to include a paid employee, we are positioning the association to assist our foster and adoptive communities in recruiting and retaining more families.”

Gaudette has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s in business management and nonprofit leadership. She has two decades experience working in nonprofit administration and for grass-roots start-ups. Gaudette currently teaches foster parenting classes through the education and training partnership with Granite State College and is an adjunct professor of early childhood studies at Lakes Region Community College.

Gaudette has been a foster parent for more than eleven years, typically fostering teen youth with challenging behaviors. Gaudette and her family will be adopting two teen girls from the foster care system in late spring of this year.

“Having years of experience as both a nonprofit leader and being a long-time foster parent provides a unique combination of skills that will further the mission of (the association),” she says.

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