Board meeting minutes JCICS: 2005 - 2009

JOINT COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

Please note:  BOD meeting minutes are approved on the monthly conference call for the meeting that occurred four weeks prior.  Expect a delay of 4-6 weeks in the posting of all meeting minutes.

2009

August 26, 2009
July 15, 2009
June 24, 2009
May 2009
April 30, 2009 (Conference Call)
March 11, 2009 (Conference Call)
February 2009  No Meeting Held
January 28, 2009 (Quarterly Meeting - Washington, DC)
January 27, 2009 (Quarterly Meeting - Washington, DC)

2008

December 17, 2008 (Conference Call)
December 11, 2008 (Conference Call)
November 25, 2008 (Conference Call)
November 19, 2008 (Conference Call)
October 15, 2008 (Quarterly Meeting - Washington, DC) 
September 16, 2008 (Quarterly Meeting - Washington, DC)
September 15, 2008 (Quarterly Meeting - Washington, DC)
July 16, 2008 (Conference Call)
June 24, 2008 (Quarterly Meeting - Washington, DC)
June 25, 2008 (Quarterly Meeting - Washington, DC)
May 14, 2008 (Conference Call)
April 23, 2008 (Conference Call)
March 13, 2008 (Conference Call)
February 13, 2008 (Conference Call)
January 9, 2008 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)
January 8, 2008 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)
August 13, 2008 (Conference Call)

2007

December 19, 2007 (Conference Call)
November 7, 2007 (Conference Call)
September 26, 2007 (Conference Call)
August 29, 2007 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)
August 28, 2007 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)
July 11, 2007 (Conference Call)
June 13, 2007 (Conference Call)
May 8, 2007 (Conference Call)
April 14, 2007 (Quarterly Meeting - Joint Council Conference in San Antonio, TX)
April 13, 2007 (Quarterly Meeting - Joint Council Conference in San Antonio, TX)
March 14, 2007 (Conference Call)
February 14, 2007 (Conference Call)
January 24, 2007 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)

2006

December 13, 2006 (Conference Call)
November 8, 2006 (Conference Call)
October 11, 2006 (Conference Call)
September 20, 2006 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)
September 19, 2006 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)
August 9, 2006 (Conference Call)
July 18, 2006 (Conference Call)
June 29, 2006 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)
June 28, 2006 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)
May 10, 2006 (Conference Call)
April 11, 2006 (Conference Call)
March 14, 2006 (Conference Call)
February 14, 2006 (Conference Call)
January 26, 2006 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)
January 25, 2006 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)

2005

December 13, 2005 (Conference Call)
November 29, 2005 (Conference Call)
October, 5 - 7, 2005 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)
September 7, 2005 (Conference Call)
August 9, 2005 (Conference Call)
July 12, 2005 (Conference Call)
June 15, 2005 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)
June 16, 2005 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)
June 17, 2005 (Quarterly Meeting - Alexandria, VA)

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Sloppy demons

Apparently the Joint Council are not just Demons, but sloppy Demons too, leaving the door open to their members only section.

Membership fees

I don't quite know where to start since there is so much here that welcomes discussion. This one took me by surprise. Apparently, not only do agencies receive payment for each adoptive placement, their membership fees for JCICS are reduced if they place more children. Did no one think this might be problematic? Did anyone issue a word of caution or concern about this?

From the June 16, 2005 document:

"Proposal to structure Agencies fees based on services provided (Seedlings Proposal)
April 6, 2005
Enclosed is our late membership form and check for $955 for 2005 membership to JCICS. One of the issues brought up by our board when deciding if JCICS membership was necessary was the fee structure for JCICS members. On this point I have to agree with our board.
There is a disparate and discriminatory fee structure.
Our agency is currently paying a membership fee of $955 for 75 placements and home study families. That brings the cost per family to $12.73 for Seedlings. If any agency completing only one adoption joins JCICS, that agency will have to pay $478 for one placement. If any agency is primarily conducting home studies their income will not be very high, but their JCICS membership fee is the same as that of an agency that perhaps generate four times their income. If one of the large agencies that completes 1000 adoption pays JCICS $3,187, they are only paying $3.00 per family. I think you will agree that agencies making 1000 placements are probably in a better position to pay ore than those who are making fewer placements.
The majority of agencies are making between 50 and 125 placements/home studies, and depending on the actual number of placements they make, they are paying between $10 and $20 per placement/ home study.
Why are some agencies paying JCICS $3.00 per placement while others may be paying over $475 per placement? The only fair way to assess agency fees for JCICS membership would be to charge an exact per placement fee. Charging a full fee for a home study only is also disproportionate given the profit from a home study vs. the profit for a full adoption service; and it may actually be construed as “double dipping” if both the home study and placing agency are both paying a fee.
I would like this issue brought up to the membership. My suggestion would be that JCICS calculate the total # of placements made by all JCICS member agencies and develop a fee per placement that is equitable to all agencies and covers JCICS’ costs as well. My rough estimate would be that the membership fee should probably be around $6.00 per full placement and perhaps $2.00 per home study service.
Thanks for considering my suggestion.
Sincerely,
Arlene R. Stabile
Executive Director, Seedlings, Inc."

"Discussion
It was agreed upon that a separate fee should be developed for agencies providing home study services only. In addition, a special category and fee for individuals such as retired Executive Directors will be examined. It was also discussed that a tiered approach to membership expansion should not just address categories of member benefits, but also the fees that each tier would pay. Linda will examine the budget, along with Membership Committee members, Sam, Rosemary and Heather to develop a new JCICS fee/benefit structure to vote on at the October board meeting."

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