A Letter from the President
​​Welcome to the Alameda County Foster Parent Association, Chapter 1. 

On behalf of the ACFPA Board members we are excited to welcome you to our Association.  We are a Subordinate Chapter of the California State Foster Parent Association. Our Mission is to promote consistent, safe, quality care for children of our county by providing support and advocacy to Foster and Adoptive families, relative and non-relative caregivers.


​As a member you will enjoy many benefits including free training programs (required for your license), opportunities to network with other foster parents and relatives, members-only events, scholarships and retail donations.

Please join us for our monthly association meetings on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:00 PM. The meetings are at the First Presbyterian Church of Castro Valley located at: 2490 Grove Way, Castro Valley, CA 94546.   Join us in the multipurpose room of the church gymnasium.  Parking is located in the main parking lot and  childcare provided for children 12 years old and under next to the church office. 

Again, Welcome! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance. You can reach us by emailing Christina Pedraza, ACFPA Secretary, at [email protected] .

Gwen McWilliams,  ACFPA President

  
President
Gwen Evans-McWilliams is the mother of six children, three via adoption. Gwen and her husband Robin have been foster resource parents for over 22 years. She is currently a Parent Partner Supervisor for Lincoln Child Center's Community based Project Permanence WRAP program.  Mrs. McWilliams is also an advisor on the board of Children's Hospital's Center for the Vulnerable Child clinic in Oakland, and holds the title of Professional Specialist at Chabot/Las Positas Community Colleges, where she provides training for new, current, and incumbent resource parents (and kinship caregivers) in their pre-service PRIDE curriculum for Alameda County's Department of Children and Family Services. 

Vice President I
Charles E. Bracey has been married to his lovely wife, Sheila for 13 years. They have three children, one via adoption and have been foster resource parents for four years.   Charles is a U.S. Army, Gulf War Veteran, the former pastor of Crossroads Christian Center, and is currently employed by the YMCA of San Francisco. He proudly services his local community by volunteering with the ACFPA.  Charles also works with Chabot College as a Regional Foster Parent Pride Trainer for the Foster Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE), where he serves as Professional Specialist for the Chabot/Las Positas Community College. Charles has been so impacted by his work within the ACFPA that his motto is: "I see Children."  He is very passionate about his service to the ACFPA, the children, and families they serve.

2nd Vice President
Anita Peters has been married to her loving husband Steven for 40 years. Together they have raised 4 children; 2 biological and 2 by way of adoption, and have been foster resource parents for over 7 years. The Peters have opened their home to over 20 foster children over the years, but Anita’s particular passion is in caring for medical fragile infants and toddlers. Her career in leadership has spanned technology, food services, and real estate respectively. After taking a hiatus from real estate in order to focus on becoming a foster parent, she has returned as an agent to Realty World – Chabot Highlands. Anita is honored to serve as the President of the Community Action Outreach for Infants (CARI) program and the Second Vice President of Alameda County Foster Parent Association.



Membership Chair
Sheila Bracey along with her husband Charles, has been a foster/adopt parent since 2009.  They were blessed to adopt a baby girl who is currently seven years old and the joy of their lives.  Sheila is the membership chair for the ACFPA and enjoys helping to bring people together for a common cause.  When possible, her goal and motto is to, “Do what you love, and love what you do!”

Sergeant-At-Arms
Liz Jobst is a stay-at-home foster mom. She and her partner John live with their four year old biological son and their rescue dog in Piedmont. They have been foster parents to several infants since 2016. Liz has a B.A. in English and Religious Studies, and a M.Ed. with a focus on early childhood education. She started her professional career as a Kindergarten teacher and then worked in family ministry. Liz is passionate about kids and families and looks forward to connecting with you at the next association meeting

Treasurer
Torfeh Rejali  has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist.  She has worked for over 20 years in the behavioral health field, serving in multiple leadership roles. As a Clinical Operations Director at UnitedHealth Group, she provides oversight of multiple teams and programs. She has a certificate in non-profit management and she and her husband are licensed foster parents. She is passionate about the mission of ACFPA and is honored to have the opportunity to serve the foster parents and children of Alameda County.
Recording Secretary
Christina Pedraza - Lindsey is a resident of Oakland and mother to six, ranging from toddlers to young adults ! As a retired member of the US Navy, Christina excels at organizing. In addition to serving as the associations secretary, Christina also serves as the chairperson for the Annual Holiday Party.

Fundraising & Donation Chair
Joyce Ryder has cared for over 40 children in the 20 plus years she has been a foster parent. In 2007 she adopted one of her special needs babies at 3 years old. She is caretaker to her husband of almost 50 years and also has 3 adult children and 2 granddaughters. After 34 years she retired from a local Hospital Business office in 2012 and now devotes her time to fundraising and her passion of procuring donations for ACFPA clothing closet she established in 2015. She helped organize many ACFPA Christmas Parties and Back to School Picnics for children in care. She spends what spare time she has writing grants for both ACFPA and Exceptional Needs Network where her daughter attends camp every year. She currently holds the positon of Fundraising/Donation Chairperson and was past Recording Secretary in 2013. She will relocate to Monterey County in 2018 but hopes to maintain her RFA license and work online for ACFPA.  
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