“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” Booker T. Washington
Success is one of those concepts that we all understand, and yet, in reality it means something different to each individual. Most people gauge success on the amount of money someone makes or has, the square footage of one’s home, the number of friends or influence, the level of education one has achieved, position one holds, or by fancy cars.
At the Bair Foundation our measure of success is gauged differently. To us, success means: keeping siblings together, finding a home for teenagers, facilitating a foster child’s adoption, improving grades from all F's to B's after multiple placements and schools, looking a child in the eye and saying “I love you” and having them respond for the first time, having a high school graduation rate of 95% when statistics show the national average is 44%, and preparing and financially supporting our youth for college.
We couldn't achieve this success without the help of others. The success of children and youth who enter and leave our care is largely dependent on loving, committed families and staff, organizations and church partners who dedicate their time and energy year-round to helping young people in need.
Together…we can celebrate the success of our youth. To ensure success of aging out foster youth, please support them by making a donation.
Video Footage: A Bair Foundation Family as seen on ABC's Primetime, which aired May, 2007.
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