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Baptist Family & Children’s Services has served kids and families in Maryland since 1920. More recently, the agency has expanded its reach to include Delaware, Southern Pennsylvania, and eastern West Virginia.
Mission, Vision, Values
The mission of Baptist Family and Children’s Services is to plan, develop, implement, and promote services that encourage the physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing of children, the elderly and families in crisis in the Maryland/Delaware region.
To accomplish its mission, Baptist Family has established three programs of service: CHOSEN Treatment Foster Care, The Good Samaritan Network, and the Safe Families for Children.
Baptist Family and Children’s Services strives to be the primary faith-based wraparound resource for churches and community groups who serve individuals and families in need of new starts in the Maryland/Delaware region.
BFCS holds the following values as key to our work:
- Christian Following the example of Jesus Christ, we will devote ourselves to serving people in distress, treating them as we would want to be treated, and providing them with help, hope, and healing.
- Family-Centered The focus of our help, primarily, is on the family unit, believing that the best opportunity for healing, growth, and development occurs in the context of the family. This value is still lived out even when the family is not able or willing to participate.
- Community-Supported BFCS staff draws on the formal and informal community resources and mobilizes these resources to help meet clients’ needs, recognizing that families are strengthened as they are embraced by their communities.
- Strengths-Based We get to know clients in positive ways (i.e., strengths, values, beliefs, goals, dreams, etc.) and connect these strengths to goals that the family develops in the planning process.
- Solution-Focused The emphasis in the helping relationship is on defining desired outcomes and focusing on their achievement. A small change is all that is needed as an impetus for resolution because a change in one part of the system will affect the other parts.
In 2007, Baptist Family & Children’s Services received two important endorsements of its work. In January, the agency was granted accreditation by the Council on Accreditation. COA was founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Children and Families). It offers the most rigorous accreditation available to agencies with foster care programs. This accreditation was renewed in October 2010.
In November 2008, the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations announced that Baptist Family met its “Standards of Excellence.” While COA accreditation closely focuses on service delivery, the Standards of Excellence emphasize good governance and administrative functions. This accreditation was renewed in March 2011.
Note: These stories are taken from our monthly “PrayerGram.” If you would like to receive the Prayergram by email, please click here and leave us your address. All names have been changed to protect the identities of our kids and families.
George was adopted on September 1, 2011! Congratulations to his new family and a big thank you to everyone who has worked to bring this vulnerable and promising young man into a loving home.
Another of our foster kids is on his way to being adopted. As difficult as the journey is for his biological mother, we want to give kudos to Toni, adoptive foster mom. She worked closely with the boy’s mother to make the process as gentle as possible.
We are so thankful for the resources that our foster parents bring along with their love for children in need. We received a referral for a deaf child, 13-year-old Anton. Because one of our new foster parents knew sign language, we were able to make a good match for Anton.
…for everyone who has experienced property damage and loss due to heavy rains, including one of our families.
…for a foster family who was displaced because of a house fire.
…for a foster parent who was in a car a