We strengthen children in
foster care and empower the families
who care for them.

Our Mission

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.

Bloom strengthens foster children and empowers the families who care for them. Our vision is that every child has a safe, nurturing family.

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.

OUR HISTORY

Bloom has been helping children since 1986.

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.

2009

Bloom Executive Director, Becky Davenport, started up a free clothing resource center called The Bloom Closet in the office basement.

2013

SMC3 donated an 8,000 square foot building located at 150 Marquis Dr., Fayetteville, GA to Bloom which became the headquarters for The Bloom Closet.

2015

Bloom became licensed to serve medically fragile and therapeutic foster children, as well as pregnant (or parenting) teen girls living in foster care.

2017

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

2019

Bloom’s Foster Parenting program provided homes for more than 100 abused and neglected children, and over 4,500 foster children traveled to The Bloom Closet from 90 Georgia counties to receive free clothing and supplies.
After running a successful capital campaign, Bloom opened a Volunteer & Donation Center around the corner from The Bloom Closet.

2021

Bloom purchased and launched The Bloom Closet Express, a 20’ fashion delivery truck, in order to reach foster children living in underserved areas of the state.

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

President
Normer Adams

Vice-President
Maggie Reenstra

Secretary
Angie Wright-Rheaves

Treasurer
Paul Schwinne

MEMBERS AT LARGE

Dan Bradfield
Terry Ernst
Tim Fosnough
Jeff Giglio
Cory Hewett
Jack Middleton
Emily Poole
Mike Tyre
Mayor Vince Williams

BLOOM STAFF

BECKY DAVENPORT

President & CEO

VALERIN LOPEZ DEFRANK

Chief Development Officer

NANCY CONNERAT

Director of Finance & Administration

KRISTIN MELTON

Communications and Grants Manager

STEPHANIE KING

Development & Special Events Coordinator

ALISHA LANE

Community Outreach Coordinator

KIM DIFFEY

Volunteer Coordinator

FOSTER CARE

PAMELLA TALLEY, MPA

Director of Foster Care Services

TINA FLOWERS

Licensing Specialist, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

KELLY DEBOY

Recruitment & Retention Specialist, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

JASMINE DOBBS

Family Consultant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

DENISE JOHNSON

Family Consultant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

REBEKAH SCHERRY

Family Consultant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

MERCEDES WALKER

Family Consultant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

YOLANDA WHITE

Family Consultant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

RILEY SMITH

Program Assistant, Team Bloom Foster Parenting

THE BLOOM CLOSET

LAUREN WYATT

Bloom Closet Program Manager

ABBY NORTON

Administrative Assistant

EMILY ROWLAND

Bloom Closet Lead Store Associate

BRITTANY ANDERSON

Lead Donations Associate

SUSAN SNELL

Store Associate

LEAH HOLDER

Donations Associate

BAILEY TOWLE

Bloom Closet Express Coordinator

JACKIE ARSENAULT

Donations Associate

Program Accreditation

Bloom’s foster care program is licensed by the Georgia Department of Human Services and nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Nationally accredited in 2021 by the Council on Accreditation, an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the U.S. and Canada with over 2,000 accredited organizations.

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 Foster Parenting program maintains an “A+” rating by Department of Human Services for excellence in program delivery

We are a MAAC Contract Provider

Awarded 2019 Nonprofit Award of Excellence by Fayette Chamber of Commerce. Becky Davenport, Bloom President & CEO, awarded the Carolyn Cary Dreambuilder award for her work with Bloom.

Bloom Commended for 30 Years of Service to Georgia’s Foster Children

Named a Chick-fil-A® 2022 True Inspiration Awards™ recipient, Regional Category, Southeast

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in any of the open positions, please submit your resume and cover letter to jobopening@bloomouryouth.org

FAMILY CONSULTANT SUPERVISOR

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FOSTER CARE FAMILY CONSULTANT

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LICENSING SPECIALIST

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TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST

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“Fostering has been one of the most rewarding experiences we could ever ask for. The children that have come into our care have not only become a part of our family, but also our hearts. As foster parents, we’ve been blessed with the opportunity to provide a loving, nurturing, and safe environment for children in need. There is nothing more precious than seeing the smile on the face of a child for the first time, it brings us so much joy and happiness.”
SHARDE AND AARON, BLOOM FOSTER PARENTS

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150 Marquis Dr.
Fayetteville, GA 30214

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115 Marquis Dr.
Fayetteville, GA 30214