In order for a child to grow up as a healthy, functioning and productive member of society, having a sense of family and a permanent home is key.
The primary goal for the foster youth we serve is permanency - providing a safe,stable home in which to live and grow including a life-long relationship with a nurturing caregiver. Planning for permanency begins in the earliest stages of out-of-home care. While every child has a unique set of circumstances and needs, the permanency plan will be different for every child and will always be in their best interest.
Reunification or the process of reuniting the child with the birth family is the initial objective in foster care. When, for reasons of safety or other considerations, children cannot return to their birth homes, adoption and permanent legal guardianship offer opportunities for long-term stability, with relatives, adoptive families or foster parents from the community. In 2011, nearly 300 children were adopted by their Bair Foundation foster families.
The Bair Foundation is committed to finding a permanent family for all children who come into care through:
· Kinship Care
· Placement in another planned permanent living arrangement