The second ever Board of Child Care (BCC) Family Fun Day was held Sunday, April 23rd at the Baltimore campus. Family Fun Day aligns with BBC’s mission to enrich communities, one family at a time. The organization is focusing resources on bringing together children and families.
The idea for the family fun day was created by BCC’s Case Managers who are in charge of connecting youth to community and state resources as well as interfacing with the families. Case Managers have been a true asset to the organization, assisting with making sure that our youth have the appropriate resources to fit their needs.
Eboni Barksdale, Senior Case Manager, stated, “a family day is an event designed to engage families of our youth in an engaging and interactive setting that helps strengthen bonds.”
We do this by bringing families together and providing a chance for them bond through art, crafts, and discussion in a caring and supportive environment.
We focus on uniting families within all of our programs. It is especially important for residential to expand on family engagement and involvement. This focus on family engagement is a core part of our purpose statement, “Enriching communities, one family at a time.”
Family Day was a big success in not only unifying children and families but also as a wonderful opportunity for siblings to enjoy crafts, an Easter egg hunt, and quality time with loved ones. For more information on BCC’s programs click here
The article was written and published by Owings Mills Junior and Development Intern, Nick.
The 2017 Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, May 11th. There were 88 Auxiliary Members in attendance from all regions. The conference opened with a welcome from the Auxiliary President, Ms. Julie Wernz followed by the “Hymn of Promise”.
The Keynote Speaker was Ms. Laurie Anne Spagnola, President and CEO of Board of Child Care.
The Children’s Choir of South Korea is an organization of children grades 3rd – 8th travels giving hope and joy to many people throughout their mission tours. The Board of Child Care had the privilege to host these young and talented students at our 2017 Annual Spring Auxiliary Meeting.
There was not a dry eye in the audience after the children sang “Jesus Loves Me” and then proceeded to hug each person in the meeting. Please enjoy photos from the event on our Facebook Page. Click here to see a video.
Give a Tic Program was a success!
The program was designed to help raise money for batteries for donated watches so that they could be used in the Christmas Store.
One of the joys of working with youth is getting to share your interests with them. The grounds at Board of Child Care are perfect for disc golf. Given one of the staff’s passion for the game, over the past school year, many of the students have learned to play disc golf.
A few of the students, in spite of the limited, very mediocre instruction they have received, have shown themselves to have the potential to be good to very good disc golfers.
For those readers who are unfamiliar with disc golf, it is very similar to golf but played with discs (Frisbees). Instead of getting the ball into a cup the disc is thrown into a basket. In the same way a traditional golfer uses a number of different clubs to get the ball from the tee to the cup, a disc golfer uses a number of different discs each designed with a specific purpose to get the disc from the tee to the basket. There are drivers, midrange discs and putters. Unlike traditional golf, most disc golf courses are free and a set of discs can run under $30 compared to hundreds of dollars or more for a set of clubs.
On April 9th, we were lucky enough to have Travis Foreman, a professional disc golf player, come to Board of Child Care to run a disc golf clinic for the kids.
As part of the clinic, Travis was able to get Gateway Discs to sponsor the event. Each participant received a number of golf discs courtesy of Gateway Discs. Travis also gave away disc golf bags to three residents who won a putting contest.
At the clinic, Travis did a few demonstrations of his abilities and then patiently taught the residents about the different types of discs and how to throw them.
The residents then got to practice throwing the different types of discs at baskets set at multiple distances.
The clinic ended with a modified game of disc golf using two of the portable baskets Travis brought with him.
All of the kids who attended had a great time! So much so that the following Saturday, six of the residents and their staff went to the disc golf course at Poor House Farms to play their first round of disc golf on a real course.
Travis had such a good time that he offered to come back if another clinic was desired and he donated 24 of his own discs to ensure that the residents had all of the discs they needed to play a serious game of disc golf.We look forward to many future outings to disc golf courses in the area!
PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHES ALTERNATIVE LEARNING PROGRAM IN MARTINSBURG
Martinsburg, WV – March 16, 2017 – The Board of Child Care (BCC) has launched a brand-new educational program in Berkley County in partnership with three West Virginia state agencies.
Called the Alternative Learning Program (ALP), its goal is to reduce recidivism rates by providing full-day educational and therapeutic services for middle and high school students (males and females). The program is staffed to handle a maximum capacity of 17 students and is expecting to begin services later in March.
Kickoff for the program was held on Thursday, March 16, at BCC’s Martinsburg campus. The event included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between all the partners as well as a roundtable discussion with attendees from various West Virginia state agencies.
This program is a public-private partnership between the Board of Child Care, Division of Juvenile Services (DJS), Berkeley County Schools (BCS), West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), and the Office of Diversion and Transition Program (ODTP).
Signatories of the MOU from each partner (from left to right):
Jason Wright, Director of Community Based Services, DJS
Jacob Green, Special Assistant to the Chief Career and Technical Education Officer at WVDE, Office of Diversion and Transition Programs.
Laurie Anne Spagnola, President & CEO, Board of Child Care
Don Dellinger, Deputy Superintendent, Berkeley County Schools
Other key players:
Charles Hampton, Principal, Board of Child Care Martinsburg School
Jackie Columbia, Director of West Virginia Services, Board of Child Care
The idea for the program is to offer an expanded array of educational and therapeutic services not being delivered in the sixteen current Youth Reporting Centers (YRC) throughout the state of West Virginia. There are several key differences between the two program models.
First, youth in the ALP will attend BCC’s school on the Martinsburg campus (some but not all YRC programs provide educational services directly). The school is already serving the approximately 20 youth living in BCC’s residential program on the property. Its teachers (licensed and provided by WVDE) and its behavior support staff (trained and provided by BCC) are already familiar with the needs of youth who have experienced trauma, incarceration, or who have a mental health diagnosis.
The ALP will use existing staffing and classrooms within the school and will not require additional positions unless the program expands in size. BCC’s residential youth and the ALP day-students will learn together and will not be taught separately.
Secondly, the delivery of mental health services using an outpatient model is enhanced from what is currently available to this youth population. BCC’s licensed, masters-level clinicians will deliver supportive counseling services, individual therapy, and specialty therapy groups to address everything from substance abuse to coping with complex trauma.
Finally, the public-private partnership between the three WV state agencies and BCC will expand the ALP’s target population over what is typically served by a YRC. Referrals to the program are broken up into three segments or populations: probation officers and judges, Berkeley County Schools, and youth who are discharging from a WV residential treatment center.
Probation officers can refer to this program and youth will be ordered into the program by a judge. This serves as an alternative sentence to incarceration, keeps a youth’s community supports and family nearby, and is much cheaper for the state of WV as incarceration is expensive.
Berkeley County Schools will be able to refer youth to the program who have a mental health diagnosis. While these students are eager to learn and succeed they find the large, traditional public school setting difficult and would be better served in a smaller classroom. Again, this keeps the students local but provides them with the additional support they need to succeed.
The third group are youth who were in residential placements in other parts of WV and are being discharged back to homes in the Berkeley County area. Instead of sending them home and back to public school immediately, they will return home and utilize the ALP to get more individualized attention and treatment services before transitioning to public school. The ALP is focused on reducing recidivism rates, and by including a step-down placement in the treatment plan of that youth provides more therapeutic supports around prior to their transition back to public school.
BCC has two program locations in Martinsburg, WV that provide therapeutic residential treatment services to youth from WV. On the larger campus, youth live and go to school on the 20+ acre property. At the Martinsburg group homes youth attend public school during the day.
The Board of Child Care has a long history of serving children and families in the community. The organization began as three United Methodist orphanages that opened in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which later merged in 1960 to become the Board of Child Care. BCC’s operations expanded from Maryland to West Virginia in 2001.
Today, the Board of Child Care’s $27 million annual budget provides programs that enrich communities, one family at a time. It offers residential treatment, mental health, educational, and community-based programs throughout the Mid-Atlantic. To see a map of all program locations and descriptions of each BCC program, visit boardofchildcare.org.
I am writing to share the story of young boy named Ricky that lived at the Board of Child Care (BCC).
I am delighted to share that today, Ricky is off of all social welfare programs, graduated from high school, and is successfully living with his family.
Because of your previous support, you changed Ricky’s life.
Ricky is just one example of our mission in action: enriching communities, one family at a time.
Ricky learned skills for living through a therapeutic environment. He attended group and individual therapy, met with a psychiatrist routinely, worked with his social worker, and grew up at BCC to become a smart and confident young man. Ricky is just one of the many reunification stories we have to share with you.
Will you please consider making a year-end gift so that we can continue to share more of these stories with you? A gift of $250, $100, $50, or $25 will help our current program participants continue treatment.
Wishing you and your loved ones have a very happy and healthy New Year!
If you wish to make a credit card gift by year-end, please visit our website: boardofchildcare.org/donate before 11:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on 12/31. Please do not leave any credit card information in a voice message or in an email. The last day to make a gift of over the phone, a gift of stock or an IRA transfer is December 30th. For assistance with any of these please call our Development Office 410-922-2100 x 5430. Bequests can be done during normal business hours via phone any time of the year. Our offices will be closed on December 31st, so please make your gift online.
A copy of our current financial statement is available upon written request to Board of Child Care 3300 Gaither Rd., Baltimore, MD 21244 or by phone at 410-922-2100. The documents are also available online at guidestar.org.
Blue Ridge CTC student tutors are education majors who are taking a class that requires at least ten hours of face-to-face experience with at-risk youth. The Blue Ridge CTC students will provide one to two hours tutoring weekly from October through December. Cumulatively over 200 hours of tutoring will be provided for the approximately 25 young adults living at BCC’s WV programs.
This is the first partnership between BCC and Blue Ridge CTC. Orientation for the 18 Blue Ridge CTC student tutors took place September 26 at BCC. The student tutors received a tour of the campus and an overview of the therapy and programing offered by BCC.
“It is absolutely wonderful to have tutors coming in to help our youth,” said Jackie Columbia, Director of WV Operations for BCC. “We hope that Blue Ridge CTC will make tutoring at BCC part of the curriculum each year. It is such a wonderful resource for our youth especially so early in the school year. It really gives them some momentum and confidence heading into the second semester.”
BCC has two program locations in Martinsburg, WV and both serve foster care youth in WV. On the larger campus, youth live and go to school on the property. At the group homes, youth attend public school during the day. Blue Ridge CTC student tutors will volunteer at both program locations.