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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.



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 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.