The Christian Alliance for Orphans unites more than 100 respected Christian organizations and a national network of churches. The Bair Foundation will work with Alliance members to inspire, equip and connect Christians to reflect God’s heart in caring for orphans through adoption and foster care initiatives. As churches and organizations are linked through the Alliance, they can collaborate, share resources and support each other’s work with the purpose of providing permanency to orphans and children in the foster care system.
The Christian Alliance for Orphan members are required to embody the highest commitment to financial integrity, good governance and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As part of the membership application, organizations must affirm the Alliance statement of faith and meet the seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship through the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). As a member of ECFA, The Bair Foundation has met the highest standards of accountability which include, but are not limited to governance, financial oversight, transparency, and ethics.
One of the major events promoted annually by the Alliance is Orphan Sunday. In November, usually the 2nd Sunday of the month, thousands of churches take the opportunity to remind their congregations about the plight of children in America and around the globe who have no family. Partners like The Bair Foundation join in their mission as they share with congregations the great need for more foster and adoptive homes.
The Bair Foundation will be hosting their first Western Region Conference through a collaborated effort with Slippery Rock University’s Department of Social Work.
On October 11 and 12, 2012, the staff of The Bair Foundation – New Wilmington office will be hosting a regional training at Slippery Rock University called “Tapestry – Where Each Piece is Essential”. Several training opportunities will be available over a two day period to provide child welfare professionals, teachers, foster parents, and law enforcement professionals with the fundamental concepts needed when working with children, youth, and families. Trainings will focus on awareness, knowledge, and the importance of working together to stabilize homes & strengthen families. A variety of relevant topics will be presented by experts in the field.
Opening the conference will be keynote speaker Roseann Perry, Director of the Bureau of Child and Family Services. Under her leadership the Bureau is primarily responsible for monitoring the delivery of services by county and private children and youth social service agencies throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. They work closely with the Bureau of Policy and Program Development to ensure that county and private provider operations are guided by best practice standards and in conformity with state and federal mandates.
Slippery Rock University Social Work Department, an accredited and Pennsylvania provider of social work continuing education is providing up to 12 CEUs for any Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Social Worker who attends. The Bair Foundation will be providing training certificates for individuals to take back to their employers for training credit.
If you have questions regarding the CEU (continuing education units) process or would like to receive a comprehensive list of the trainings that will be offered, contact: The Bair Foundation, 245 High Street, New Wilmington, Pa, 16142 or call 724-946-2220.