Message from President Joe Matessa - May

May is National Foster Care Month.  If you haven’t already done so, I would encourage you to read the guest blog from Candelaria Mota, Asst. Director for NYAP’s Center for Adolescents and Families.  According to Franklin County Children’s Services, there are more than 30,000 reports of child abuse each year in Franklin County alone.  There is such a tremendous need in our community for foster parents – and the Center is uniquely positioned to support foster teens that self-identify as LGBTQ.

If you’ve ever considered opening-up your home to a foster child or teen, I would also encourage you to attend their Open House on Tuesday, May 30th.  Candy and her team will be sharing information about a new program that they’re piloting with Franklin County Children’s Services that provides a temporary home for children or teens prior to getting placed in their first foster home.  It’s a great way to ‘test the waters’ and see if foster parenting is a path for you and your family.  For more information, or to RSVP for the Open House, feel free to reach-out to Candy at

In addition to NYAP, there are other foster agencies in Columbus that are welcoming of our community.  Here’s a few of our Proud Partners:

  • National Youth Advocate Program: Contact – Candy Mota,
  • SAFY of Columbus: Contact – George Sly,
  • Youth Advocate Services: Contact – Heather Gutierrez, MA LPC,

In peace & equality,

Joe Matessa