Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Bair Foundation Child & Family Ministries Promotes Orphan Sunday on November 3rd.

The Bair Foundation joins forces with the Christian Alliance for Orphans on November 3rd to support Orphan Sunday. 

More than 130 national and international organizations have joined forces through the Christian Alliance for Orphans to promote Orphan Sunday; a campaign that focuses on the biblical mandate to “defend the fatherless”.  On November 3rd, 2013, churches around the globe will focus on the plight and reality of orphans and the children and teens in foster care.

 

Last year, the national Orphan Sunday campaign led by the Christian Alliance for Orphans helped energize this movement to a new intensity, including more than 2,000 local Orphan Sunday events nationwide.  The campaign aims for more than 2,000 events across America the first weekend of November, calling Christians to adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry.

 

This year, The Bair Foundation has partnered with over 20 churches to host Orphan Sunday events that will include sermons, small groups, prayer, dissemination of materials, and video presentations. This event will give The Bair Foundation an opportunity to share the ministry of foster care with local congregations while raising awareness about the many children in foster care who are available for adoption.

Bair is actively raising awareness and recruiting foster and adoptive families for waiting children but they need the help of the local church. The Bair Foundation invites all local churches to partner with them as they promote Orphan Sunday. If you are looking for an opportunity to reflect God’s love by extending a hand and opening your home to serve children in need, visit www.bair.org for the nearest office and contact information. The Bair Foundation is not only asking for church partnership, they are asking the local church to pray, donate, or support those families who are currently fostering.

The Bair Foundation – New Wilmington, Pennsylvania office to host Western Region Conference

The Bair Foundation will be hosting the 2nd Western Region Conference through a collaborated effort with Slippery Rock University Social Work Program.

On October 24 and 25, 2013, 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 Danielle Gletow, Founder & Executive Director, of One Simple Wish. For over 12 years, Danielle Gletow has been a passionate advocate for children’s rights. In August 2008, she founded One Simple Wish after becoming a foster parent and witnessing firsthand the obstacles, trauma and heartbreak faced by children in the foster care system. Not one to sit by while injustices occur, Danielle decided to create an organization that empowered anyone to make a direct and meaningful difference in the lives of foster children and vulnerable families by granting them simple, personal wishes online. In July 2009, Danielle left her decade-long career in interactive marketing to pursue One Simple Wish full-time. To date One Simple Wish has granted over 6500 wishes to foster children and vulnerable families and has created a network of over 450 social service agencies in 40 states. Danielle currently resides in Ewing, NJ with her husband, Joe, their two daughters, Mia and Lily, and their beloved English bulldog, Duncan.

PCCYFS will be hosting a Wine & Cheese Legislative Reception on October 24th after the conference from 5pm-7pm, where local Legislatures will be attending. This will not only be an opportunity to thank them for passing Act 55 of 2013 but to also engage in a conversation on the issues that we continue to be concerned about. All are invited to come and meet with them!

Slippery Rock University Social Work Program, 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.

Additionally, Foster parents who attend will receive credits towards their training hours.

For more information and to register online, or see a comprehensive list of the classes being offered, please visit us at: www.2013WesternRegionalConference.sched.org If you have questions regarding the CEU (continuing education units) process contact: The Bair Foundation, 245 High Street, New Wilmington, Pa, 16142 or call 724-946-2220.