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The Bair Foundation of Tulsa Recognized as a Leader of Excellence

Tulsa, OK – Covenant Group Ministry, Inc. (CGM) has chosen The Bair Foundation to receive its 2016 Annual Greater Tulsa Community Empowerment Life Time Achievement Award: Honoring Leaders of Excellence. Bair has been an active child and family ministry since 1967 and has provided services in Oklahoma since 1994. Bair was chosen for this award because of its excellent leadership, contributions and accomplishments in restoring and empowering children, youth and families. The award was presented at an elegant awards luncheon on April 23, 2016 which was declared “Greater Tulsa Community Empowerment Awards Day” by the Governor.

CGM has been striving since 1996 to transform and stabilize the lives of men, women, and families. They offer multifaceted projects that address the challenges inherent to homelessness, substance and child abuse and recidivism. The annual awards ceremony is one of the ways they promote excellence, discussion and cooperation in the community. For more about CGM, see www.cgmoutreachtulsa.org

Bair’s Oklahoma State Director, Tara Best, was honored to receive the award and participated as a panelist in the Community Café Conversation about foster care. Oklahoma is one of the many states that is using this format to bring together a volunteer group of experts and parents to discuss issues of concern. The goal is to directly engage parents in building the protective factors needed to prevent maltreatment and promote healthy outcomes for their children. The intimacy of the conversation and parent leadership help to create a level of candor that might not be achieved in a standard focus group or other feedback or input process.

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.

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 Amarillo Bair Foundation Raises Awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention

In recognition of April being National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, the Amarillo Bair Foundation held their 3rd annual golf tournament, “Klubing for Kids”, last weekend. The event raised approximately $8,000.

The Amarillo Bair Foundation office held their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, “Klubing for Kids” this weekend in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Thanks to generous sponsors and golfers who came out to support this great cause, the golf outing raised close to $8,000. All of the funds will be used locally, enabling Bair’s foster youth to attend summer camps, purchase school supplies and finance fun foster family activities.

“Klubbing for Kids” was no ordinary 18-hole golf event. Hole one included a “pot shot”, where golfers were able to tee off while sitting on a toilet. Players were given a chance to win a 2011 Camaro SS at hole eight and on hole nine they were given the opportunity to “hit like a pro.” The tournament concluded with a lunch provided by Cattle Call, awards and a raffle.

The Bair Foundation would like to thank the following people for their continued support for this event: George Priolo, PGA Professional, at Comanche Trail Golf Complex of Amarillo and his team for helping make the tournament run smooth; Michael Goff, owner of FASTSIGNS, for going above and beyond on the tee box signs and to Vance Hall and his team at H & H Print Wear for doing an incredible job on the shirts. Additionally, Bair would like to thank Coca-Cola, Golf Headquarters, Cross Pointe Auto, Daniel Munoz (a man with a huge heart for kids), and our Title Sponsors, Gold – Rod Bowers Construction and Johnson & Sheldon, P.C, Silver – TNT Properties, Ryan O’Neal Autos, Troy D. Timmons, LPC, Titus Caulking and Water Proofing, Edmond, Deaton, & Stephens, and Bronze – Southwest Body Shop and Paul Blake Roofing.

This event would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of The Bair Foundation Amarillo staff, spouses and Regional Director, Rose Ahern.Amarillo Staff at Klubing for Kids Golf Outing

Bair partners with Slippery Rock University for Tapestry: Western Regional Conference

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.