BUILDING FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN

A safe, nurturing family for every child. A supportive, thriving community for every family.

Columbia, MD   |  www.buildingfamiliesforchildren.org

Mission

Our mission is to share the love of Christ by helping Maryland's most vulnerable children thrive in families.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Mr. Damon E. Thompson

Main address

7161 Columbia Gateway Dr Ste A

Columbia, MD 21046 USA

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EIN

46-3006084

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Family Services (P40)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Our programs

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CHOSEN Program (Children of Special and Exceptional Need)

Through our CHOSEN program, which stands for Children of Special and Exceptional Need, we provide family-based care for children in treatment foster care who, due to childhood trauma, require more than the basic care and support that regular foster care provides. By training certified foster parents to understand how trauma affects the brain, and equipping them with the tools and support they need, children who are the most likely to be placed in an institutional setting are able to grow and thrive in a family!

Every child in our CHOSEN program has a history of trauma that impacts their needs, development, and behavior. Unfortunately, studies have shown that youth in foster care have poor long term outcomes when compared with peers. They are more likely to drop out of school, become teen parents, and experience homelessness. So what can be done to help our most vulnerable children? Our treatment model, extensive training and support, advocacy for permanency, and Independent Living Classes are breaking the generational cycles of trauma, poverty, and isolation.

Population(s) Served

Safe Families™ mobilizes a network of compassionate volunteers to wrap around families facing crisis. While some volunteers temporarily provide housing for kids, others step in to mentor parents and help them achieve their goals. These supportive relationships provide the safety net many vulnerable families need to keep children out of the foster care system and achieve long-term stability. Many families today are isolated, they may not have anyone to call when difficult circumstances arise, leaving them vulnerable and forcing parents to make tough choices.

“Do I leave my sick child home alone today, or do I take a day off of work and risk losing my job? If I lose my job, what will happen to us?”

“I know I need help, but if I enter a rehab facility who will take care of my children? I’m scared that they will be placed in a foster home and I won’t be able to get them back.”

“If I leave this abusive relationship, my kids and I will be homeless. I can’t do anything until I have a better plan, I feel stuck.”

This is where Safe Families™ can step in! Host Family volunteers provide a safe, nurturing home for children, allowing parents to focus on crisis situations without worrying about losing parental custody. Family Friend and Family Coach volunteers provide an extra layer of support for the Host Family and parents working towards stability. Relationships formed through Safe Families for Children are long-term, so the next time crisis strikes parents do have someone to call! Building Families for Children is the local implementer of Safe Families for Children™ in Maryland.

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Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2007

Financials

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BUILDING FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN

Board of directors
as of 11/11/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bill Folkerts

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Black/African American/African
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Male

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