The Bair Foundation
Updated: Monday, November 4 2013, 01:25 PM EST
News 13 continues our challenge to help give back. Our morning anchors are spotlighting 3 local charities every month. Voting opens up on our WLOS Facebook Page in two weeks for one of them to win $1,000 from our partners Bryan Easler Toyota.
Our first charity for November is The Bair Foundation, a christian foster care agency that provides homes to abused or neglected children.
Thirteen year-old Jacob, shoots hoops with his former foster dad, and his new adoptive brother. And it's all because of The Bair Foundation.
Director of The Bair Foundation, Sara Spotila, says "The Bair Foundation does therapeutic foster care. That's our primary program, meaning the children that come to us have suffered significant abuse neglect."
Kids can be with Bair for a few days, or years. Spotila says to count as many children who have come in and graced them with their presence is hard to count.
The Foundation's focus is different from other foster agencies. Spotila says they, first and foremost put a Christ centered approach to the foster care. She says, "our families are Christian families. We have a commitment that I believe is deeper in that it is a ministry that we are providing."
For Jacob, that meant finding his new parents in a familiar place during his foster care. One of the families in Jacob's church adopted him, and their adoption became final last year.
Jacob is glad he gets to go to church where he has been going for two years.
It's an amazing end to a difficult journey. Foster parent, Marlene Maceachern, says "we get to see children's lives changed and come from really tough, rough places."
Western North Carolina has the most foster need in the state. Spotila says she's having to turn away anywhere from 30-50 kids a month because there aren't enough homes.
If The Bair Foundation won the $1,000 prize, the money would go toward supporting those families that provide a safe home environment.
The Bair Foundation is also involved in a kinship program to place kids with extended relatives or family friends. To find out more about The Bair Foundation, click here.
Next Monday we'll spotlight another charity in this month's challenge.