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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

By Jean Reardon

Pinwheels are turning at the Bair Foundation in recognition of CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. The use of Pinwheels as a reminder that children should have great childhoods has increased since then. The blue pinwheels at Bair are reminders to the community, that child abuse is everyone’s business. During the month of April, initiatives focus on holding family-friendly events, educating the public about how they can help to prevent child abuse and providing resources to advocates and families.

Everyone has a role to play in preventing child abuse and supporting families. Help us keep children safe, by opening up your heart and home to a foster child or teen. Our foster parents have a positive, direct impact on kids who have been abused to help them heal and lead happy, productive lives. Call our local office at 724-946-2220 to learn more about the ministry of foster care or visit us on www.bair.org.

Bair Celebrates National Adoption Month

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Every year during the month of November, thousands of community organizations and social service agencies arrange and host programs, events and activities to share positive adoption stories, challenge the myths and draw attention to the thousands of children in foster care who are eligible for adoption. According to the Christian Alliance for Orphans, there are more than 100,000 children and teens in the U.S. foster care system that are waiting for a “forever” home. Throughout the month, The Bair Foundation Child & Family Ministries and many of their adoptive parents will join forces to raise awareness about adopting from the foster care system and the great need for more adoptive homes.

Bair foster family, Niki and Seth Reichart are just one of the many couples who have opened their heart and their home to foster children who were adoptable, as well as those who are not.

Long before they were married, Niki and Seth Reichart knew that they wanted to adopt. “I believe that the Lord has commanded us all to the orphan care ministry in some way,” Niki expressed as she spoke of her inspiration to get involved in the foster care system. “Whether it is being a foster parent, supporting those who foster or adopt, public awareness or fundraising, we are all called upon to help God’s children.”

“With our desire to care for orphans, we had started on the private adoption road for a few years, but it just was not working out for us. It was not until my brother had mentioned the fact that there are so many kids in the foster care system waiting for a “forever home” that we felt that this was the direction God wanted us to take. Realizing that there are many ways to care for orphans, not just through adoption, we began our journey down the foster care road, and we would not want it any other way. We have completely just fallen in love.”

The Reicharts had been involved in the foster care system since 2009 and during that time they had many children come through their home and ended up adopting one of them, a little girl named Elianna. Their family continued to grow with their four biological sons, Grayson, Roman, Jackson and Tyson, but they still felt as though something was missing. After taking a break for a little while after the adoption of their daughter, they decided to recertify their home for foster care. Shortly after making that decision, Solomon was placed in their home. His brothers and sister welcomed Solomon with opened arms and a year later the adoption process was set in motion.

One September morning, Niki and Seth woke up full of nerves and excitement as their family got into the car and headed to the courthouse. They were greeted with balloons, cakes, photographers and so much love, celebration and excitement when they arrived to officially adopt their 17 month old son, Solomon.

“It was such a fun and exciting experience. The judge even included our children and had each of them stand up and introduce themselves.”

All of the nerves from earlier that morning had disappeared as they continued with making the adoption legal. “I cannot even describe the feeling of fulfillment, relief and happiness that we felt when the judge said that he was officially presenting Solomon Reichart.” Niki mused, “He was legally ours. We knew that was the name that we wanted, but to hear the judge verbally say it and make it official… was simply amazing. He was permanently a part of our family and that missing feeling was filled with an overwhelming amount of love.”

“We do not know how many kids we want to adopt, but we definitely want to continue doing foster care”, said Niki. “We are at a point where we are deciding if we want to take a little break or if we want to dive back in.”

Niki says that she shares information about foster care and foster-to-adopt with anyone that is interested, “It is a great opportunity to teach children about the love of Jesus, whether it is for two days, two months or forever.” She went on to say [that] “being involved in the foster care system provides the opportunity to obey the Lord’s call of caring for orphans, and to be an example of and share His love.”

So as the Reichart family and many other adoptive families celebrate National Adoption month, let us remember those children still in care who are waiting…waiting for a family to call their own.

Contemplating the challenges of foster care adoption is made a bit easier with the right information and a network of professional supporters. The permanency staff at The Bair Foundation, Pittsburgh office stands ready to help in any way they can. To find out more, call 412-341-6850. Bair also have offices in New Wilmington, Altoona, Harrisburg and Erie PA. For contact information, visit Bair’s website at http://www.bair.org.

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GROWING FAMILIES THROUGH FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION IN KENTUCKY

THE BAIR FOUNDATION IS PARTNERING WITH THE CABINET FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES TO HOST A FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION FAIR

The Bair Foundation, The Cabinet for Health and Family Services and at least a dozen private foster care agencies are hosting a Foster Care and Adoption Fair Saturday, May 24th from 10am to 1pm at the Centenary United Methodist Church, 2800 Tates Creek Road, Lexington. The Foster Care and Adoption Fair provides an opportunity for prospective foster and adoptive parents to learn more about the hundreds of children currently in the foster care system who are in need of foster and adoptive families.

In Kentucky, there are 1,774 children with a goal of adoption; of those 1774 children, 855 are legally free for adoption; of those 855 children, 355 children do not have identified families at this time.  Children need a family for life, not just until they reach 18 and leave foster care. The Foster Care and Adoption Fair is a great event for everyone who has ever considered fostering or adopting a child and to learn more about the children who are awaiting adoptive families in our community.

Emily Deitrick, Intake Coordinator for The Bair Foundation will be available for share the ministry of foster care.  In addition there will be breakout sessions to discuss foster care and adoption.  Food will be provided by Thursday’s Child and there will be drawings for Door Prizes!

The Bair Foundation’s Executive Director, Susan Miklos, recently earned her Doctorate Degree with honors from California Coast University in Santa Ana, CA.

 

 The Executive Director of The Bair Foundation recently received her Doctorate Degree in Business Administration late last week. Graduating with honors from California Coast University in Santa Ana, Dr. Susan Miklos will continue to work in the field of child welfare.

“Ever in the pursuit of excellence and professional development, our executive director made many personal sacrifices to achieve her lifelong goal of achieving her Doctorate degree. Susan continues to strengthen herself and our organization by continuing her education to the highest degree. The Bair Foundation is very proud of her and her accomplishments,” stated Dorie Alcaro, Marketing Director for The Bair Foundation.

Described as a progressive, energetic business woman, administrator, and leader, Dr. Miklos has over 30 years of experience in the field of child welfare. Dr. Miklos’ career with the foundation started in 1985 as a case manager. She quickly moved up throughout the organization to become the Ohio Placement Services Director, and soon after the Vice President of The Bair Foundation. Since 1992, Dr. Miklos has served as the foundation’s Executive Director and has played a key role in expanding the organization’s programs and services across the country.

As the Executive Director of The Bair Foundation, Dr. Miklos has expanded the foster care agency from serving less than 200 foster youth to over 7,000 children and hundreds of families in crisis each year. Under her leadership, the foundation continues to grow; currently 31 offices are in operations.

As a well-known child advocate Dr. Miklos strives to provide high quality services for children, teens, and families that meet their specific needs. 

The Bair Foundation Attends God’s Heart for Orphans Conference

The Bair Foundation of Tyler, Texas partners with The East Texas Orphan Care Network for God’s Heart for Orphans Conference on February 1st.

Tyler, TX – The Bair Foundation partners with The East Texas Orphan Care Network for God’s Heart for Orphans Conference on February 1st. The Bair Foundation is focused on finding “forever” homes for the 6,500 children and teens in foster care in Texas whose biological parental rights have been terminated.

 The purpose of the East Texas Family Conference is to inspire, encourage and motivate individuals and churches to take up the cause of the fatherless.  All are invited to come and learn what James 1:27 means: “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God, the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress …” The Bair Foundation will have a booth at the conference to distribute information and share the ministry of foster care and foster-to-adopt.

 “We are really looking forward to showcasing our organization at the God’s Heart for Orphans Conference next month. Foster and Adoptive families are in high demand for the thousands of foster youth in Texas. The ability to give a child a forever home is an immeasurable gift to give, and we make sure those families have the best support system possible,” stated Dorie Alcaro, Marketing Director for The Bair Foundation. Our greatest need is for families willing to adopt older children or sibling groups.

The foundation provides incomparable and specialized training for adults interested in adoption or in becoming a foster parent. Once certified, the adoption and foster care organization provides 24/7 support to these families.

“As foster parents serve the children, The Bair Foundation will serve them through support, encouragement, and mentoring,” continued Alcaro.

Held on Saturday, February 1st, “God’s Heart for the Orphan” Conference will be hosted at the Green Acres CrossWalk Conference Center. Scheduled speakers included Congress woman, Michele Bachmann, Dr. Russell Moore, and President of Religious Liberty and Ethics Commission and TCU’s Dr. Karyn Purvis.

About The Bair Foundation

The Bair Foundation is a national organization that has successfully cared for and treated children, teens and families for over 45 years. With 30 offices in 9 states it offers a myriad of community based services which include Structured Intervention Treatment Foster Care, Traditional Foster Care, Adoption Services, Medically-Needy Foster Care, Independent Living Services, Parent Empowerment Program, B.E.S.T. Program, Wraparound Services, In-Home Services, Assessment Home, and Outpatient Services. The Bair Foundation is accredited by COA (Council on Accreditation) and is a member of The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Alliance for Children and Families, Christian Alliance for Orphans, and Foster Family-Based Treatment Association. To find out more about The Bair Foundation, visit http://www.bair.org and http://www.facebook.com/thebairfoundation.

The Bair Foundation Child and Family Ministries Opens Our First Girls’ Home in the Texas Panhandle

The Bair Foundation Girls’ Home gives teen girls in foster care a fresh start! 

With celebrities getting all the attention for adopting children, The Bair Foundation would like to recognize foster parents, Alex and Nancy Porter for overseeing Bair’s newly opened Girls’ Home in the Texas Panhandle. The home has enough space for 12 girls that may include teen moms and their babies. Mr. and Mrs. Porter have fostered with The Bair Foundation Child and Family Ministries for the past ten years and consider “championing” teen girls their ministry. Many of the former foster youth who passed through their home still call them “mom” and “dad” when they stop back for the holidays.

The Girls’ Home is equipped to provide a safe, nurturing environment that integrates academic pursuits, counseling, and the opportunity to develop a healthy and productive life. The foster girls placed in the home are referred to Bair by the state and reunification with the biological parent, if possible, is the goal. Placements may be as brief as a few weeks or could last until permanency is secured. These girls have gone through a lot – abuse, neglect, and multiple placements, so the Porters want to provide the stability, structure, and love they need and deserve while in care. Alex and Nancy provide a family setting with regular meals, bedtimes, and scheduled family days out where the girls are encouraged to “just be themselves”.

Bair’s commitment to excellence can be seen in the passion of their dedicated staff, success of their program, and effectiveness of the foster parents like the Porter’s.

There is such a huge need for foster homes that will serve teens, both male and female, and The Bair Foundation is asking the community and church congregations to open their heart and home to local foster youth. Foster Parenting is life-changing and rewarding; if you have a heart for children and teens and want to be part of a team that is truly making a difference, apply now through http://www.bair.org/en-us/joinourteam/becomeafosterparent.aspx

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.

The Bair Foundation Announces Increase in Demand for Foster Parents

 The Bair Foundation is currently seeking foster homes for teens, minorities and children with special needs. There is an urgent need for families willing to take in children. The Bair Foundation announces there is currently a high demand for families willing to foster teens, minorities and children with special needs. Currently more than 16,000 Texas children are in need of foster care, according to the foundation.

 While the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCAR) stated the number of children coming into care has decreased in the last few years, there still remains a high demand for foster homes. These children and teens come from home situations where he or she was a victim of abuse, neglect and/or sexual assault. Many suffer from depression, mental illness and behavioral problems because they have been traumatized.

 The Bair Foundation utilizes the SITFC/SI model, a comprehensive treatment plan the organization trademarked, incorporating evidence-based practices and an effective curriculum. The non-profit organization will provide the tools foster parents need to succeed, especially in difficult cases, as well as provide financial reimbursement and health care for their foster children.

 “There are too many children, especially in the state of Texas, who need and deserve a place to call home. Whether it is permanent removal from their home or temporary, these children need safe places to stay and feel loved. The Bair Foundation works hand in hand with birth parents, when appropriate, as they take the steps necessary to be reunited with their children. If that’s not possible, permanent placement through guardianship, kinship, adoption or independent living (for those that are 18 years old) is the goal,” stated Dorie Alcaro, Marketing Director for The Bair Foundation.

 The Bair Foundation provides exceptional and specialized training for those looking to become a foster parent. In addition to training, the organization will provide 24/7 support to the foster parents and children in care.

 The goal of The Bair Foundation is to meet every need of the child; physically, emotionally, spiritually, and culturally by recruiting families who are representative of the communities from which the children come. Matching the children to their foster families increases the likelihood of placement stability and ultimately results in healthy child development.

 About The Bair Foundation

The Bair Foundation is a national organization that has successfully cared for and treated children, teens and families for over 45 years.  With 31 offices in 9 states it offers a myriad of community based services which include Structured Intervention Treatment Foster Care, Traditional Foster Care, Adoption Services, Medically-Needy Foster Care, Independent Living Services, Parent Empowerment Program, B.E.S.T. Program, Wraparound Services, In-Home Services, Assessment Home, and Outpatient Services. The Bair Foundation is accredited by COA (Council on Accreditation) and is a member of The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Alliance for Children and Families, Christian Alliance for Orphans, and Foster Family-Based Treatment Association.   To find out more about The Bair Foundation, visit www.bair.org and www.facebook.com/thebairfoundation.

 

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The Bair Foundation honors Maudie Beatty, Foster Parent for 25 years!

On June 19th, The Bair Foundation honored Maudie Beatty, who has been a foster mom to almost 200 children for the past 25 years. Maudie Beatty became a foster parent in 1988 and resides in New Wilmington, PA.

 

New Wilmington, PA (PRWeb) – On June 19th, The Bair Foundation celebrated Maudie Beatty, a foster parent for 25 years, at a local luncheon. Maudie Beatty has been a foster parent in New Wilmington since 1988, over the years she has fostered almost 200 children.

 

“This is not a job, it is a calling,” stated Maudie Beatty. “And it’s not going to make you rich or famous, then again…how do you put a price on getting to be an influence that may change a child’s life forever?”

 

The luncheon included a presentation of letters from Beatty’s former foster children. The Bair Foundation’s marketing department also created a video montage of photos of all the children that have been placed in Beatty’s home.

 

“Out of all our wonderful foster parents, Maudie has been with our organization the longest. You would think she would start to slow down after 25 years, but she is currently taking care of a sibling group of 4 and a teenage girl,” stated Dorie Alcaro, Marketing Director for The Bair Foundation.

 

Prior to becoming a foster parent of The Bair Foundation, Beatty worked for the Bill Rudge Ministry. She would open her home to homeless women and their children; many of these women were coming out of the prison system. She did this until Bill Bair approached her about taking in 2 difficult teenagers. After much thought and prayer, Beatty closed her home to women and began taking in foster teens.

 

“I felt I could better serve God by reaching youth before they ended up in jail,” stated Beatty.

 

For more information on The Bair Foundation please visit: bair.org

 

About The Bair Foundation

The Bair Foundation is a national organization that has successfully cared for and treated children, teens and families for over 45 years.  With 30 offices in 9 states it offers a myriad of community based services which include Structured Intervention Treatment Foster Care, Traditional Foster Care, Adoption Services, Medically-Needy Foster Care, Independent Living Services, Parent Empowerment Program, B.E.S.T. Program, Wraparound Services, In-Home Services, Assessment Home, and Outpatient Services. The Bair Foundation is accredited by COA (Council on Accreditation) and is a member of The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Alliance for Children and Families, Christian Alliance for Orphans, and Foster Family-Based Treatment Association.   To find out more about The Bair Foundation, visit www.bair.org and www.facebook.com/thebairfoundation.