Bloom Our Youth, Inc. (Bloom), a nonprofit organization that provides refuge to foster children in Georgia, was awarded with Together Georgia’s 2017 Most Outstanding Foster Care Agency in Georgia on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Georgia Conference on Children and Families in Augusta, GA. The Most Outstanding Foster Care Agency award is given to a foster care agency that has demonstrated outstanding service to children.
Bloom recruits, trains and certifies foster families to care for foster youth, including those with significant therapeutic issues, medically fragile needs, pregnant or parenting foster teen girls and sibling groups. In the two years that Bloom has operated it’s licensed foster care program, it has recruited and certified foster families to care for nearly 100 foster children, all the while maintaining A+ ratings with the State of Georgia.
Innovation is at the heart of Bloom’s support for foster families, and their unique business model actively engages the community in the lives of Georgia’s foster children.
“Bloom’s foster care program is centered around the operation of The Bloom Closet, a children’s boutique that supplies foster children with free clothing and necessities,” explains Becky Davenport, Bloom Executive Director. “Last year at The Bloom Closet, more than 2,000 foster children from 80 Georgia counties received free clothing, books, backpacks, school supplies, baby gear and toiletries.”
Bloom celebrates the work and commitment of its own foster parents by providing other unique supports such as the Welcome Home program, the Bloom University monthly training program, and a regular calendar of year-round foster parent networking and appreciation events.
“Being a foster parent with Bloom has been great—from the trainings to the regular house visits, to the Bloom Closet! We see the support and are thankful for everything Bloom has done to make fostering a wonderful experience,” comments Stephen Schultheis, a Bloom foster parent.
Bloom is currently seeking more foster families to support metro Atlanta’s growing number of foster children who are committed to DFCS custody. Bloom provides individuals with all the necessary training, resources, and support needed to become a foster home. For more information, about becoming a Bloom foster parent, please contact Shannon Hoy, Bloom Licensing Specialist, at 770-460-6652.