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The idea for Fostering Dreams came to us from our eighteen years of experience fostering dozens of children.  Seeing the parade of these young, broken, abused, and hurting children coming to our home led us to the realization that the magic and wonder of life that many of us take for granted, often does not exist in the lives of these children.  Their struggle to survive leaves little time for dreams, enchantment, and magic.  -  Bob and May Alice Noble

About Fostering Dreams

Our Mission 
Fostering Dreams recognizes each child’s journey through foster care is unique, and because of circumstances inherent in the foster care process, their spectrum of experiences may be limited.  It is our mission to broaden the experiential spectrum beyond that which foster parents or foster agencies can offer.  Through our events, we strive to help foster children understand they are special, deserving, and to free them to dream, to hope,  and to believe things can and will be better.
Get to know Mary Alice


Mary Alice has been involved in serving others for many years.  She has been, and is active in her church, where she has held numerous positions. She has been a Boy Scout Leader, team leader for the Youngstown Relay for Life, a volunteer for the Heart Association, Open Arms Community Outreach, and of course, mother to 82 biological, adopted, and foster children.  She is a Financial Systems Analyst at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio which awarded her the Distinguished Service Award in 2016 in recognition of her community service.

Our Staff


We have no paid staff.   All of us volunteer our time to provide these services for the children.  Likewise, we depend on the generosity of others who are willing to volunteer their time and talents to provide the Fostering Dreams experiences.

We are a 501(c)e non-profit organization so all donations are tax deductible.

Get to know Bob


Bob is a retired teacher, having taught choral music for 31 years.  He is an ordained minister, and has served the congregation of Locust Grove Baptist Church in Salem, Ohio for 28 years, and is currently serving his fourth term on the Board of Education of the Struthers City Schools, Struthers, Ohio.  In 2017 he was inducted into the Struthers School Foundation For Excellence in Education Hall of Fame.  He is known for his area vocal performances and is active in community theater. Bob and Mary have been married for 23 years.

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