Pals of PALS

For: Post Adoption Learning Services
Nashville, TN
Organizer: Shane Caudill
Pals of PALS (Post Adoption Learning Services)
$3,380
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 15 donors
6% Complete

The Story

The Pals of PALS Campaign
Every child deserves a chance to learn, but some children find the path to success is more difficult than it is for others.  For children who come from a background of trauma, abuse, and neglect, the obstacles to learning can seem insurmountable.  These obstacles can be masked, misdiagnosed and exacerbated in children adopted internationally. The result can have serious repercussions not only for the child's future potential but also on the emotional, physical and financial situation of the home.
Post Adoption Learning Services, is a 501c3 nonprofit serving the unique learning needs of children adopted internationally through advocacy, information and training.
After an uphill battle to gain appropriate education services for our internationally adopted son, we began to see 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.  
We are asking for individuals to help us raise $50,000 to make new resources available for families, advocates, teachers and attorneys in 2018.  The need is great, but we believe we can do it with your help!
Thank You,
Shane Caudill
Board President
Post Adoption Learning Services

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 28, 2017

Posted on November 28, 2017

Pals of PALS,
We need your help!  It has been a busy year for our Executive Director, Anna Caudill.  We have made a lot of inroads with legislators, educators and professionals on behalf of children adopted internationally.  As we gain steam, we regularly encounter parents who feel at a loss to help their child begin to thrive in their education.  So much has been done and yet the need is greater than we can meet given our current situation.  During 2017, Anna deferred her salary to enable PALS to be able to do more with our limited start up resources.  We need your help to move forward into 2018 as we 
*Equip special ed advocates & attorneys to support adoptive families’ unique needs
*Provide resources like our “Field Guide to Learning” and parent training webinar at no cost to families & adoption professionals!
*Develop input that directly impacts public school special education policy!
There are so many opportunities and so much need, but we need friends like you to help make it possible.
There are several immediate ways that you can help. (pick two or three if you can.)
1) Repost our posts on your page and add a personal appeal to help others get involved.
2) Make a tax-deductible donation this week of $10, $20, $50 or $100 to help us close out our start up debt.
3) Make a year end contribution of between $5 & $5,000 to help fund our initiatives, resources and staffing for 2018.
4) Become a monthly sustainer, by joining our monthly support club.
Thank you in advance for partnering with PALS to provide a lifeline for children adopted internationally and their families. 
Shane

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!  

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