WHAT: Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association, which is based in Independence, has changed its name to FosterAdopt Connect.

WHY: The support group for foster and adoptive families, , said it made the change to “reflect both what the organization does and its expanded reach beyond the Midwest.”

GROWTH: Started more than 16 years ago as a support group for families in the Kansas City area, it has grown into a multi-state organization with more than 100 full- and part-time employees. It is located at 18600 E. 37th Terrace South in Independence.

WHAT IT DOES: FosterAdopt Connect works with more than 2,500 foster children and families. It also recruits and trains foster and adoptive parents with programming, resources and support. It says it retains 90 percent of its licensed foster families from year to year.

QUOTE: “We are foster and adoptive families. We serve foster and adoptive families. We support foster and adopted kids, so we are FosterAdopt,” said President and CEO Lori Ross. “What we do is connect children to families, families to each other, resources to people who need them, ideas to a passionate staff, and the community and voices for advocacy to our children. FosterAdopt Connect is a name that fits who we are, what we do and where we’re going.”

– Karl Zinke