Top Ten Ways to Engage with Board of Child Care (BCC)
1. Pray for the children, youth and families BCC serves as well as BCC staff. Include the ministry of BCC on your congregation’s ongoing prayer request list.
2. Contribute financially either by a special offering – the Christmas Offering or at some other time during the year – or by including BCC in your church and/or missions budget.
3. Make sure that your church is subscribed to BCC updates. Click here to subscribe or confirm your subscription.
4. Spread the word about BCC by creating a space to post BCC updates on a bulletin board, on printed materials, website, social media, etc.
5. Plan a tour of a BCC program.
6. Engage volunteers in creating Prayer Blankets and/or Welcome Bags.
7. Ask the missions team or another group in your congregation to donate money for Bibles.
8. Participate in one of BCC’s collection drives throughout the year (e.g. Christmas gifts).
9. Invite a speaker to share a presentation on BCC.
10. Volunteer for a project designed with the BCC Spiritual Life team.
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One Family at a Time
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.
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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.Read more from 2017 Volunteer Auxiliary Annual Meeting Recap
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!
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Come one come all and join BCC for a fun-filled day at BCC!
April 23, 2017
12:00PM – 2:00PM
[Rain or Shine]
3300 Gaither Road
Baltimore, MD 21244 (Map)
Youth and their families are invited to join BCC for a fun celebration together on campus. Lunch will be provided.
RSVP’s are required!
Simply email your assigned Case Manager with names of everyone who wishes to attend.
Not sure who your case manager is? Call 410-922-2100 to be connected to the right person.Read more from A Day in Spring at BCC
From left to right: Charles Hampton, Jacob Green, Jason Wright, Laurie Anne Spagnola, Don Dellinger, Jackie Columbia
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Contact: Kristian Sekse
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.
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40 Days of Positive Actions – 2017 Calendar
BCC’s President & CEO reflects on what was accomplished in 2016 and looks ahead to 2017!Read more from Happy New Year!
A by the numbers look at Christmas 2016. Thank you so much to everyone who made this possible!
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