Pals of PALS

For: Post Adoption Learning Services
Nashville, TN
Organizer: Shane Caudill
Pals of PALS (Post Adoption Learning Services)
$2,230
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 11 donors
22% Complete

The Story

The Pals of PALS Campaign
This is your invitation to help Anna Caudill launch Post Adoption Learning Services, a nonprofit serving the unique learning needs of children adopted internationally through advocacy, information and training.
We need to raise start up funds so that she can finish the legal requirements for tax exemption, purchase necessary equipment, launch the website and begin our first steps initiatives.  Any help that you can give would be greatly appreciated, although donations to the Pals of PALS campaign will not be tax deductible. 
For those of you new to PALS, our battle to gain appropriate education services for our internationally adopted son, opened our eyes to the unique learning needs of children adopted internationally and how unprepared the public school system is to meet those needs.  It can be an exhausting and financially draining battle that may remain mired in court until well after the child has matriculated.  Some school districts seem to count on parents being under-informed or too overburdened to press for their child's civil and educational rights.
Post Adoption Learning Services was formed to empower parents to understand their child's unique learning needs, know their educational rights and find strategies to help unlock their child's potential.  
As Founding Board President, I invite you join me in empowering Anna to make a difference in the futures of children adopted internationally.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 30, 2017

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Posted on April 30, 2017

Things are getting exciting...and a little bit terrifying.  We are 5 days out from the public launch of Post adoption Learning Services at Summit 2017!  Anna, our Executive Director, has been working overtime to put the finishing touches on the resources we want to get into the hands of parents and advocates.
Our goal has always been to make these resources available at low cost or for free. Unfortunately, we are not there yet!  
We need your help.  We still need around $8000 to cover start-up fees and the costs of materials, resources and services.  I believe we can do it, because I believe it is worth doing.  I believe in it so much that I have been willing to cover the lions share of the cost.
Anna believes it so much that she has chosen to work with out salary for the past year because she understands, first hand, how desperately families of internationally adopted children need a lifeline.
Our board members believe it is worth it enough that they would provide personal loans and guarantee credit repayments to keep the mission moving forward.
Would you believe with us?  Would you help by donating any amount, and by personally sharing our story with others who would be willing to help?
We can do $8000 in 5 days.  100 people doing $80.  200 people doing $40. 800 people doing $10.

Like most start-ups, our initial fees were financed by loans from Anna and the generosity of board members.  The actual expense of laying groundwork, producing resources, mobilizing initiatives are put on credit cards. Those expenses are real and have to be repaid.  Non-profits, especially new ones, stink at making money...which is how we got the name. :)

The need is real, but so is the hope.  We can do it with your help!

Thank You, in advance, for your support!

Posted on April 20, 2017

Posted on April 20, 2017

We are gaining ground!  Recently we received word that the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities has awarded us a stipend to cover the registration for the 2017 CAFO Summit, one of the largest gatherings of adoptive parents, providers and professionals.  This is one of our key first step initiatives because it allows us access to a large number of the families we seek to serve!
Thanks to the TCDD for pushing us over the 20% mark!  

Posted on March 23, 2017

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Posted on March 23, 2017

Everybody likes to have choices.  And school vouchers for students with disabilities seems like a great idea.  But, as our Executive Director explained at the Center for American Progress, many parents have no idea that the true cost of that voucher could be their child's civil rights.  In many states, like Tennessee, parents have to surrender their child's IEP to receive the funding, with no assurance that they will be granted a voucher in subsequent years.  (find the text of that speech HERE: )  We believe that parents need more resources available to be able to make informed choices about their child's education.
It is the goal of Post Adoption Learning Services (PALS) to support the unique educational needs of internationally adopted children and their families by providing direct services, training, and education advocacy.  We can't do it alone.  Would you partner with us to make a tangible difference in the lives of children adopted internationally?

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