Mission & History

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 provides safe shelter and physical, educational and emotional support to children who have been victims of abuse, neglect or other tragic circumstances, in order to strengthen them for the next phase of life. Bloom is a family-centered organization that protects, supports, and empowers foster children and 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.