Local grant supports B&GH Fayetteville foster parent recruitment, appreciation celebration

March 10, 2021

Planning is now underway for the 2021 Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Fayetteville Foster Parent Recruitment and Appreciation Celebration thanks to a grant received from the Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County, a fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

“We are grateful for the support provided by this grant,” said B&GH President/CEO Ricky Creech. “The Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County and the Cumberland Community Foundation have provided funds for several years to support foster parents who are dedicated to giving children a home where health, healing and hope can be experienced every day.”

B&GH Director of Foster Care in Fayetteville Taylor Barber is coordinating the event tentatively planned for early November.

“We want to make sure that we are able to hold this event as we have previously, in person with engaged interaction,” said Barber. “Many of the locations we want to use are just opening up for scheduling events so we are taking a little more time to decide on a date that will work.”

This special event is focused on celebrating those foster parents who have been so vital to the children in the community.

“This is an appreciation day for the foster parents in our community,” said Barber. “Cumberland County has the highest need for quality foster homes in the state. We are always looking to find foster parents dedicated to giving children who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect the love, support and commitment they need to feel safe, capable, worthwhile, lovable and valuable.”

The B&GH foster care program serves children ages 0 – 21 who have been removed from their home due to abuse, neglect or dependency.

“Being a foster parent is a tough, but rewarding experience,” said B&GH Chief Program Officer Donna Yalch, who has worked as a foster care consultant and adopted two children from the foster care system. “Having the right supports in place make a world of difference and I am proud of the way our B&GH foster care workers provide support for all of our foster parents.”

For more information on becoming a foster parent, contact Taylor Barber at taylor.barber@bghnc.org.

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.