Posted by Jim Bolas
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
June 14th– Charles LaValee – CEO – Variety Children’s Charities
June 23rd-27th– Rotary International Convention – Toronto, Canada
June 28th– Changing of the Guard
 
Program – Every Child – Laura Maines – Executive Director
 

 
 
Since 1997 Every Child has served children and their families in Southwestern Pennsylvania with foster care, adoption and family support services, including in-home behavioral health care, with special attention to medically fragile children, children with a diagnosis of autism or reactive attachment disorder, and members of the LGBTQ community. The organization has 55 employees and operates primarily in Allegheny County and is expanding services to Westmoreland and Washington County and has a $3.8 million operating budget serving about 1000 babies, children and adolescents and their families.
 
Laura thanked the Club members for their past donations of money and needed supplies (e.g. pillows, toys, clothes & toiletries).
 
Every Child develops foster care families and individuals through recruitment and training and certifies/decertifies foster homes. Currently, they have 14 active foster family homes and 4 in the pipeline. Every Child’s goal is to develop up to 35 foster homes by the end of 2019.
 
Every Child also handles adoptions finding permanent homes for those they serve. The organization provides behavioral health services accepting referrals for young people with mental disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and working with families with OCD children who are released from outpatient facilities such as Western Psychiatric Institute as well as pediatricians and other doctors.
 
Funding comes from PA medical assistance, grants, and donations. Every Child’s rates for services have not increased for many years. Despite this, employees receive good benefits as well as cost of living and merit increases. 
 
Every Child is currently being audited by a national accreditation association and looks forward to becoming accredited this year, a major accomplishment for a small organization.
 
A list of 4 easy ways for Rotary Club members to help are:
 
1)    Become a licensed foster parent
2)    Donate to Every Child, Inc.
3)    Volunteer time and talent (check info@everychildinc.org)
4)    Donate supplies to children and families in need
 
Laura said that she and others in Every Child are visiting libraries, farmer’s markets and wherever people gather to get out the word about Every Child’s mission. It was recommended that Rotary Clubs in District 7300 may be receptive to Every Child’s message.