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Bair Foundation Advocates for Improved Foster Care

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Austin – Foster Care Reform efforts continue in Texas, as the Texas legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 11, a legislative package outlining substantial changes to the way the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) cares for the state’s foster children. In keeping with their mission to protect children, the Bair Foundation is advocating for its passage. Bair Foundation representatives attended the February 1 advocacy day organized by the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services and a hearing held by the Health and Human Services Committee on February 2. They personally met with legislators in Austin to make their voice heard. Dr. Susan Miklos, Executive Director, and Glenna Bilberry, State Director, emphasized that this bill addresses a variety of critical concerns in the current foster care system, provides increased continuity of care for children and families, and will create a triage assessmentsystem to get appropriate services to high needs children more quickly.

The Bair Foundation has been a voice for child protection and advocacy since its founding in 1967. With six offices in Texas, Bair provides quality care to the most vulnerable of Texas citizens. For more information about The Bair Foundation or how to become a foster parent, see the website http://www.bair.org.

PHOTO CAPTION: Glenna Bilberry, State Director; Destiny Olson, Austin Recruiter; Kevin and Jenny Langford, foster parents; Dr. Susan Miklos, Executive Director; and Miranda Bryant, Austin Director of Social Services

 

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 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