As of January 1, 2017, Wayne Mott, MSW, is the executive director of Family Connections Christian Adoptions, a state-licensed and Hague-accredited adoption agency that provides domestic and international adoption services. Prior to coming on board at FCCA in 2005, Mr. Mott worked in child welfare and was a supervisor at the Stanislaus County Community Service Agency. His depth of experience and knowledge regarding the foster care system has been a tremendous asset to FCCA, especially families adopting from foster care. Wayne's heart for children and families is apparent to all who meet him.
From May 2001 through December 2016, Alison Foster Davis served as FCCA's second Executive Director. Previously in private law practice, she is well-versed in all areas of California adoption law, probate guardianships, and juvenile dependency proceedings. She has served as an expert witness in court regarding adoption law, and is the published author of articles and legal materials related to family-building. Click Here to see her profile on AVVO. In 2010, Ms. Davis was recognized as an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institutes. In 2015, she was recognized by the University of the Pacific as an Outstanding Alumni. Ms. Davis is a Fellow and past president of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, and was a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys from 2003 through 2016. She and her husband Karl live at the foot of some beautiful mountains and greatly enjoy their flock of children and grandchildren.
From February 14, 1983 through April 2001, Audrey Foster served as FCCA's founding Executive Director. Her work in this field began in the adoption unit of the Stanislaus County Human Service Agency, where she was honored for finding homes for a multitude of waiting children in foster care. Seeing the need for a more specific focus, she and her husband, The Reverend Canon Thomas Foster, founded FCCA (then known as "Family Connections") to serve the waiting children in foster care and orphanages. Although it is hard to believe now, at the time Audrey founded the agency, the prevailing philosophy was that children over the age of 2 or 3 years, as well as children with any kind of emotional or physical challenges, were "unadoptable." With a firm belief that God values all people, and especially vulnerable children, Audrey set out to create an agency that would focus on finding homes for waiting children, rather than finding children for hopeful parents. That dramatic shift in focus required the creation of a specialized training curriculum to teach people how to bond with and parent children who were older or who had special needs of any kind. Of course, Audrey was not the only person who espoused these beliefs, but she was one of the original instigators of this grass-roots movement that spread throughout California, and then across the United States. As a result of her tireless efforts, Audrey has been honored as an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Insitute, and has received many other awards over the years as well. Now retired, she and her beloved Tom are still active volunteers at FCCA and with Shared Blessings International, another organization founded by Audrey to care for orphans in Uganda.