Children need stability and predictability to thrive. A child who has been removed from their home is particularly in need of consistent care-giving. Increasing placement stability has been shown to be the most significant factor in improving mental health outcomes for foster children. We believe that in order to provide stability, it is crucial that we keep moves to an absolute minimum. The Bair Foundation accomplishes this in the following ways:
Matching the children with the appropriate foster home is crucial for a successful placement. Bair takes into consideration the previous foster home, siblings, religious background, neighborhood and special needs when placing a child with a suitable family.
Preparation for Placement
Placement stability is improved by the foster parent’s ability to effectively respond to the child’s behavior. They must understand the child’s history and view the problem behavior in that context. Understanding a child’s past trauma allows the foster parent to respond in a compassionate manner.
No Moves / “R.O.C.K” Meetings
(Reinforcing Our Commitment to Kids)
We firmly believe in a “No-Moves” protocol which must be the attitude of every member of the treatment team. To support this protocal the foster family is provided with all the information at time of placement and an indivualized treatment plan with structured interventions to improve the child’s “weaknesses” and build upon their “strengths.”
Additionally, The Bair Foundation holds quarterly “R.O.C.K” meetings During these meetings, the families and staff can reiterate their dedication to children and engage in activities that confirm their commitment.
The Bair Foundation requires every foster family to attend “Moves” training annually. This training, created by The Bair Foundation, is called “Breaking Through Your Breaking Point.” This training and video teaches families practical solutions to deal appropriately with behaviors and the significance of maintaining a placement. By utilizing these tools, we have reduced the number of moves caused by the disruption of placements. Currently, 91% of children placed or residing in a Bair Foundation foster home remained in the same home within the past year.