​​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
A Letter from the President
  1. Gwen McWilliams
    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. Her motto is: "Embrace every possibility..."
  2. Charles Bracey
    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.
  3. Samantha Campbell
    2nd Vice President
    Samantha has been a foster mom since 2010 and is an adoptive mom to two beautiful girls. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree on the Credential Track from Cal State East Bay and plans to purse a Maters degree in Public Administration in the fall. She is passionate about improving systems and advocating to help foster parents succeed by researching and answering any questions they may have. Samantha has continued to cultivate her parenting skills over the years through training, which she hopes to eventually transition into delivering training to beginning foster parents, relative care providers and resource parents. Her Motto: "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, and honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. " --Leo Buscaglia
  4. Torfeh Rejali
    Torfeh has her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed MFT. 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 provided oversight of a team of staff, developed an managed the delivery of multiple behavioral health 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 is honored to have the opportunity to serve the foster parents an children of Alameda County.
  5. Christina Pedraza - Lindsey
    Recording Secretary
    Christina 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.
  6. Anita Peters
  7. Joyce Ryder
    Fundraising & Donation Chair
    Joyce Ryder has been a Foster Care provider for over 20 years with 40 placements of mostly newborns and hospital discharges. One of those discharged babies is her 10 eyar old special needs daughter whose adoption was completed in 2007. She also has 3 grown children, 2 granddaughters, and has been married for well over 40 years. Joyce has been the Recording Secretary of ACFPA since January 2013 after retiring from the business office of a local hospital. Prior to that she wrote grants in part to secure retail donations for children, and also helped organize the Christmas Party and Back to School Picnic events for the ACFPA families. "One of the key points from this past conference I attended was not how I can benefit from being a member of a county, state and/or national association, but how I can make a contribution which will benefit all caregivers and children in care."
  8. Sheila Bracey
    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!”
  9. Tina Hughes
    President Emeritus