About Us

Bloom is a private, non-profit foster care organization located in Fayetteville, GA. We recruit, support and train our foster families who give displaced children hope and a home life for the next phase of their lives. We believe every child deserves the chance to be the best person they were meant to be.

Mission Statement

Bloom strengthens children in foster care and empowers the families who care for them.

 

Our programs are based upon the conviction that….
  • Each child is an individual, with the right to the kind of care that meets his/her needs regardless of sex, race, creed, national origin or social circumstance.
  • It is important to preserve and strengthen the child’s relationship with family members when possible.
  • Each youth has a right to stability, security, continuity and a plan for permanence.

History

1986

Bloom (formerly Fayette Youth Protection Homes, Inc.) was founded by Fayette County resident, Jim Friday.

1989

The organization’s first group home, The Jim Friday Home, opened its doors. The organization’s group homes stayed in operation for 27 years.

2007

Bloom created the Bloom Foster Parent Program to recruit, train, and oversee foster families. Bloom became licensed to recruit, train and support a network of family foster care homes to serve children of all ages.

2008

Bloom expanded its programming to include a free clothing resource center called The Bloom Closet.

2013

Bloom moved The Bloom Closet and Bloom administrative office into an 8,000 square foot building in Fayetteville, GA.

2015

Bloom became licensed to begin caring for medically fragile or therapeutic foster children and pregnant (or parenting) teen girls.

2016

The Bloom Closet provided clothing and necessities for 2,000 foster children from 60 Georgia counties.

Bloom’s Foster Parenting program trained 40 foster families and provided homes for more than 70 abused and neglected children.

2017

Bloom launched a new program, called “Bloom University,” which trains and equips foster families to care for traumatized children.

The Bloom Closet provided clothing and necessities for 3,000 foster children from 90 Georgia counties.

Board of Directors

The Board, consisting of individuals representing a wide array of industries, governs the Bloom organization. These individuals volunteer their time and talent to oversee the continued operation of Bloom. They also work directly with management to determine policy and future programs for the organization. Their function is to protect and enhance Bloom’s capacity to serve the community.

Officers

Chairperson
Normer Adams

Vice-Chairperson
Maggie Reenstra

Secretary
Dan Bradfield

Treasurer
Paul Schwinne

Members-at-Large

Terry Ernst
Tim Fosnough
Cory Hewett
Jack Middleton
Eren Page
Emily Poole
Brent Robertson
Angie Wright-Rheaves
Mike Tyre
Mayor Vince Williams

Staff

Becky Davenport

President & CEO

Pamella Talley, MPA

Director of Foster Care Services

Nancy Connerat

Director of Finance & Administration

Lauren Guinn

Bloom Closet Program Manager

Kristin Melton

Communications and Grants Manager

Robin Hutchinson, MA

Licensing Specialist, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

Tina Flowers

Licensing Specialist, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

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Special Events Manager

Kelly DeBoy

Recruitment & Retention Specialist, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

Carmen Rush, MSW

Supervisor, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

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Family Consultant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

Rebekah Scherry

Family Consultant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

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Family Consultant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

Sophia Sutherland, BSW

Family Consultant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

Yolanda White

Family Consultant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

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Family Consultant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

Abby Norton

Administrative Assistant

Alisha Lane

Community Outreach Coordinator

Riley Smith

Program Assistant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

Emily Rowland

Bloom Closet Lead Store Associate

Christa Rapp

Bloom Closet Special Projects Associate

Susan Snell

Store Associate

Kim Diffey

Donations Associate

Leah Holder

Donations Associate

Bailey Towle

Bloom Closet Lead Volunteer Associate

Program Accreditation

Bloom’s foster care program is licensed by the Georgia Department of Human Services.

ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

  • Child Welfare League of America
  • Together Georgia
  • Fayette Chamber of Commerce
  • Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce
  • Douglas County Chamber of Commerce

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Together Georgia’s “Most Outstanding Foster Care Agency in Georgia” Award for 2017-2018
  • Darkness to Light Partner in Prevention™ distinction for 2017-2018
  • Bloom Foster parents, Lanell & Andrew Wilkins, awarded with Together Georgia’s Foster Parents of the Year Award for 2016
  • Bloom recognized as “one of the best foster care agencies in the state” by the Department of Family and Children’s Services Director of the Office of Provider Management in 2016
  • Bloom Foster Parenting program maintains an “A+” rating by Department of Human Services for excellence in program delivery

Annual Report

Read our latest annual report to get a better understanding of the work we do.

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Career Opportunities

Foster Care Family Consultant

Bloom Our Youth, a leading provider of foster care services in Metro-Atlanta, seeks a Foster Care Family Consultant. Please click here for the Foster Care Family Consultant position description, qualifications, and information on how to apply.

Current News

Read about the latest news and happenings at Bloom.