The Bair Foundation Launches a Campaign to Find Homes for Foster Children in the Cincinnati area

As a Christian foster care agency, The Bair Foundation is making a new push to recruit foster homes in Cincinnati, Springdale and Tri-County area

Roughly 12,000 children and teens are in Ohio’s foster care system. Sadly, many of them are placed in shelters and institutional facilities because there aren’t enough families willing to open their hearts and their homes to these children. Understanding the pressing need for more, safe and nurturing homes, The Bair Foundation has recently opened an office in Cincinnati and is looking for families who genuinely care about the well-being and plight of local foster youth.

The primary objective of Bair’s recruitment effort is to attract individuals and couples with the potential to become successful, committed, well-trained foster parents. The Bair Foundation provides every foster family with exceptional around-the-clock support, pre-service and on-going training, case management, and foster parent reimbursement. Bair is dedicated to partnering with families so they can successfully meet the unique needs of every foster child or teen placed in their home.

Brandy Pendleton, foster and adoptive mom, and Intake Director for the Dayton office, has recently transferred to the Cincinnati office to oversee the operations. The first Cincinnati training will be held in the office on June 18th. The address is 260 Northland Blvd. Cincinnati, OH. If you are interested in receiving more information, attending our foster parent training, or having Brandy speak in your church, she can be reached at 513-544-2277. You can also e-mail her at bpendleton@bair.org

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

The Bair Foundation Launches a Campaign to Find Homes for Foster Children in Western North Carolina

As a Christian foster care agency, The Bair Foundation is making a new push to recruit foster homes in McDowell, Avery, Haywood and Jackson Counties in North Carolina.

Roughly 9,000 children and teens are in North Carolina’s foster care system.  Sadly, many of them are placed in shelters and institutional facilities because there aren’t enough families willing to open their hearts and their homes to these children.  Understanding the pressing need for more safe and nurturing homes, The Bair Foundation is looking for families in Western North Carolina who genuinely care about the well-being and plight of these children.

The primary objective of Bair’s recruitment effort is to attract individuals and couples with the potential to become successful, committed, well-trained foster parents. The Bair Foundation provides every foster family with exceptional around-the-clock support, pre-service and on-going training, case management, and a foster parent reimbursement. Bair is dedicated to partnering with families so they can successfully meet the unique needs of every foster child or teen placed in their home.

Recruiting families in targeted areas enables Bair to place children in a home that is within the child’s community. This keeps the child connected to their school, friends, biological family and resources, ultimately leading to a more positive fostering experience and better outcomes. “Recruiting families in neighborhoods of relevance enables Bair to culturally and geographically match children to families that can best meet their needs”, says Bair Executive Director, Susan Miklos.

As a Christian non-profit organization, The Bair Foundation believes that local churches also play a key role in solving our country’s foster care crisis. By working together with churches, Bair hopes to inspire, equip, and connect with families that will reflect God’s heart in caring for foster children. If you are interested in receiving more information or in having a Bair specialist speak in your church, call Rebecca Ivey at 828-350-5197.

                                                                                                                                

 

 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.

 

 

The Bair Foundation Brings Services to Lexington, Kentucky

The Bair Foundation Inc, a Christian child and family ministry has announced the opening of its first of three offices planned for the state of Kentucky. With 45 years of child welfare and social service experience, The Bair Foundation has the potential to impact the lives of hundreds of local foster youth. As a leader in the field of therapeutic foster care, Bair offers a range of services with one goal in mind: To provide high quality foster care where children and teens can thrive in a safe, family environment until permanency can be achieved.

As more and more children are being removed from abusive and neglectful homes, The Bair Foundation Inc. is well-equipped to provide the services they need, including case management and the training and support of foster parents. Bair matches these children with foster parents who have received specialized training to care for any emotional and behavioral issues that may be present.

The Bair Foundation has developed its own treatment model called the Structured Intervention Treatment Model that gives foster parents the tools necessary to overcome the challenges and demands of children with emotional and behavioral issues. Utilizing the core principles of the treatment model has resulted in an increase in placement stability and lasting change for foster youth.

Any resident of Central Kentucky who is passionate about helping children and who would like to experience the rewards of being a foster parent, apply here To receive a free information packet and foster parent training dates, you can also call Mr. Spencer Wahl at 859-514-6080.

Bair Partners with Christian Alliance for Orphans®

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.

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.