New Wilmington, PA (PRWEB) October 28, 2012
On October 11th and 12th, 2012, the staff of The Bair Foundation, New Wilmington office collaborated with Slippery Rock University Social Work Program to host their first Western Pennsylvania conference called “Tapestry – Where Each Piece is Essential”. With over 200 attendees, the first annual conference was held at Slippery Rock University. Throughout the two days of the conference, social workers, professionals, educators, social work students, resource parents, professors and government officials came together to listen to distinguished speakers, forge partnerships, and attend workshops during individual work sessions. Twenty Four interrelated courses were offered throughout the two day period. Topics included foster care and adoption, diagnosis and medication, group decision-making, and parenting.
The keynote speaker, Roseann Perry, Bureau Director of the Department of Public Welfare Office of Children, Youth, and Families did an exceptional job. Mrs. Perry elaborated on how each person in attendance was an important piece of golden thread sewing a child’s life and support system together. She explained how educational opportunities of this magnitude are a rare yet, immensely important part of preparing our children for success. Finally, she demonstrated her gratitude for being invited to open the event and praised The Bair Foundation for taking the lead in making the event a success.
Attendants felt that the conference provided a fantastic opportunity to network, gain valuable information, and understand the importance of working together to deliver care and services to children and families in crisis. As an NASW accredited provider of continuing education, Slippery Rock University Social Work Program issued up to 12 free CEU's to qualified participants. The Bair Foundation provided training certificates for individuals to take back to their employers for training credit.
A second conference is being planned with the date set for October 24th and 25th, 2013
About The Bair Foundation
The Bair Foundation is a national organization that has successfully cared for and treated children, teens and families for over 45 years. With 35 offices in eight states, Bair offers a myriad of community based services which include: Therapeutic Foster Care, Traditional Foster Care, Adoption Services, Medically-Needy Foster Care, Independent Living Services, Parent Empowerment Program, B.E.S.T. Program, Wraparound Services, In-Home Services, Assessment Home, & Outpatient Services. The Bair Foundation is accredited by COA (Council on Accreditation) and is a member of The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Alliance for Children and Families, Christian Alliance for Orphans, and Foster Family-Based Treatment Association.