Fayetteville, NC - Shouts of joy and the laughter of children filled the air Saturday, Oct. 16 at Faith Wesleyan Church as more than 200 children, youth, and adults enjoyed the Family Fun Day and Foster Parent Celebration presented by Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.
“This was the perfect day to celebrate families,” said BGHNC Director of Foster Care in Fayetteville Taylor Barber. “We had clear skies and a comfortable temperature to be outdoors to enjoy all the activities.”
Among the activities were a bouncy house, bouncy slide, bouncy obstacle course, a hayride, corn hole, outdoor Jenga, and face painting. There were snacks including cotton candy and popcorn in addition to a variety of raffles and guessing games.
“This celebration is just one example of how our Community Based Services foster care team goes all out,” said BGHNC Chief Program and Business Development Officer Donna Yalch. “We have an amazing group of people who are here to support the community, and especially our foster families.”
While the day was focused on family fun, information was available for those interested in becoming a foster parent.
“Cumberland County has the highest need for quality foster homes in the state,” said Barber. “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, loveable and valuable.”
The celebration was made possible 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 BGHNC 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. With their support, we have recruited and trained many new foster parents in the Fayetteville area.”
The BGHNC 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 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 BGHNC foster care workers provide support for all of our foster parents.”
For more information on becoming a foster parent, contact Taylor Barber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in becoming part of the Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County, please visit https://www.cumberlandcf.org/womens-giving-circle/ or email Susan Barnes at email@example.com.
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. BGHNC offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, Success Coach services to prevent children from coming into foster care, and 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 BGHNC at any given time. BGHNC operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. BGHNC is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.