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Mother's Day Everyday

Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Anna's mother had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. Impressive no doubt. But most moms today are peace activists every day! Who do we depend on to keep the peace in our homes? Mom! Mother's Day reminds us that the heart of every home is Mom. Baby Fold teams reach out to support moms in all of our programs- foster care, adoption preservation, special education, and early intervention. Mothers tend to be the heart of the home, and they deserve special care and love. If you are grateful for the mom you have had and want to remember or honor her in a special way, please consider making a gift to The Baby Fold so that we can continue to support and encourage all our moms. If you choose to honor your mom, we'll even send her a card and tell that you have made a gift to The Baby Fold in her name. You know she'll love that! Click here to impress your mom.

It's a Family Affair

It takes a village to raise a child. And for every child that village is unique. At The Baby Fold we are intentional about making sure that our care and treatment envelops the whole family in all our programs. Our goal is always to help the child and their family be the best they can be. To learn and to grow together. The needs of the family and the pain they are experiencing are often reflected in the child. For example, if Jimmy or Lisa is afraid that there will not be enough food tonight in their home, you can imagine how fearful their parents feel. The Baby Fold therapists and home interventionists help connect families with resources that they need so that the whole family is safe and well. Last year we put 500,000 miles on our cars traveling throughout the state. And every mile is worth the effort as we see children and their families heal and move forward into a brighter future together.

STEAM Fair- Building and Learning

The students at Hammitt Elementary School held the first STEAM fair. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) is a national program to help promote education in the arts and sciences. Classrooms worked together to create various marvels of science and building. Some students chose to demonstrate their artistic abilities and provided a gallery of pictures and sculptures. Families and friends came to view the kids' projects and to interact with them together. The child pictured here is working cooperatively with his grandparents to build a pyramid of cups by strategically pulling on yarn to lift and place each one. This task requires great communication and focus- great skills for all of us. Plans are underway to create STEAM fair 2018; we can't imagine what the kids will come up with next!

Hammitt Elementary School Praised

The national accrediting group called AdvancEd gave very high marks to Hammitt Elementary this month. After an extensive review of the vast quantity of supporting evidence of excellent outcomes for our students, the AdvancEd team identified "powerful practices" currently in place at The Baby Fold, including the engagement of families in case management, the support of genuiney  positive relationships to meet the needs of individual students, and the school leadership's effective oversight of the school program. The Baby Fold is so proud of the incredible work that our gifted teachers provide year round, helping each student and their families reach their full potential.