Bair Foundation Trains Parents to Foster Children with Medical Needs

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Medically Needy foster children require 24/7 care, but foster parents are joyfully willing to meet their complex needs

Foster Care

The Bair Foundation

The Bair Foundation provides unparelleled support to its foster families

The Bair Foundation a non-profit foster care agency, believes that every child deserves a family and a place to call home. In addition to training therapeutic foster and adoptive parents, The Bair Foundation offers specialized training to families willing to open their homes to “medically fragile” foster children whose needs are far more complex. Some have been abandoned by birth parents, and many have multiple health issues. With group and individualized training, foster parents are able to provide exceptional care, unconditional love, and a safe and stimulating environment.

Families like Terri and Jim Santistevan have taken foster children who had little hope for survival, babies who have been shaken to the point of severe brain damage, children with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. They’ve gone through pre-service training provided by The Bair Foundation, special trainings offered by the hospital, and classes specific to the diagnosis of each child in preparation for parenting these special children. But it’s the love and compassion that makes the difference. The Santistevans are just one of the many families willing to do whatever it takes to meet the complex needs of foster children with medical issues.

Most families who take in medically needy foster children state several reasons for wanting to take on this challenging, yet very rewarding job; They love children, they understood the need, they know that all children thrive better in a home setting, and they feel they can make a positive impact. Medically fragile children require a variety of therapies, medications and medical equipment and as the dedicated families provide these things, The Bair Foundation provides the unparalleled support to the families.

There are many children available for foster care and adoption with and without special needs. If you would like more information on what it takes to become a foster parent, visit their website at: for the location of an office closest to you.

The Bair Foundation is a non-profit agency that has successfully cared for and treated children, teens and families for over 40 years. With 37 offices in 8 states they offer a myriad of services which include: Therapeutic Foster Care, Traditional Foster Care, Adoption Services, Medically-Needy Foster Care, Independent Living Services, Parent Empowerment Program, In-Home Services, Assessment Home, & Outpatient Services

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Dorie Alcaro
The Bair Foundation
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