FAST Foster


Christmas in July:  FAST hosts an annual Christmas in July event. At this event, FAST distributes back-to-school supplies and toys, and provides gift cards for back to school shoes. Of course, at Christmas in July the children also receive toys! The event is held each year at the Walpelhorst Aquatic Center, and includes splashing in the pools and a barbecue dinner provided by FAST. Many social workers, juvenile officers, case managers and their families also join in the fun.  It is a rewarding and uniting evening.

Fall Family Fun Fest:  Chaired by Judge Daniel Pelikan, FAST hosts an annual event in October. FAST distributes Halloween costumes and pumpkins. The SWAT team and local Fire Department shows up too! The fun includes a petting zoo and inflatable’s.  Lunch is provided for our FAST families.

Foster Parent Training:  FAST is currently partnering with Operation Food Search and Children’s Division.  We provide the opportunity for continued Foster Parent education & training hours using a new OFS Nutrition program, which teaches families how to make healthy food choices for the children, on a limited budget.

Advocacy and Moral Support:  Director Chris Grissom, serves on the Northeast Regional Advisory Board.  Northeastern foster and adoptive representatives from each Missouri County meet quarterly in Fulton, Missouri to discuss issues and suggest solutions.  Input is forwarded to the State Advisory Board meetings held in Jefferson City, Missouri.