As FaithBridge’s Director of Foster Home Development, Beth Vinyard leads our home study team and monitors and manages the foster and respite families application approval process. She has worked in child welfare since the early ‘90s and has a passion for helping abused and neglected children.
“I want all children to know that people care about them and they can be successful, thriving adults,” she said. “I stay in this field because there are more and more children every year who enter foster care and need support from caring adults. Knowing that I have made even a slight change for the better in a child’s life is always rewarding and drives me to continue to serve.”
For Beth, being part of improving the child welfare system through systematic change is the best thing about her job.
“Changes to processes and procedures can greatly affect how children are cared for. I used to want to help all the children and families on MY caseload,” she said. “[But I realized] through systematic change, I can help children and families on a larger scale. I now want to help children and families on EVERYONE’S caseload.”
Throughout her career, Vinyard has seen how people react to foster care and the many misconceptions they have, including those about birth families.
“Some people feel like [birth parents]are monsters for abusing or neglecting a child. They are not monsters! They are people who have made some poor decisions,” Vinyard said. “I believe in redemption and love it when a family can be reunified.”
Vinyard often leans on her faith, especially when dealing with those tough situations. She relies on God to provide forgiveness to the adults who have abused or neglected the children she works with.
“I lean on Him for support at the end of long, tiring days,” she said. “I also trust that He is sovereign and has a plan for everyone. I frequently want things to happen quicker in this field, and I have to remind myself that God knows the plan.”
When it comes to FaithBridge and foster care, Vinyard has big dreams.
“I feel like FaithBridge is a wonderful agency built with incredible ministries, and I want us to be able to care for so many more children than we currently serve. I also want other ministries to support foster children in the United States,” she said. “Foster care is a domestic mission that needs as many Christians as possible focusing on it.”
When she’s not helping foster kids and families, Vinyard is with her own family. She and her husband Wes have a 16 year old, a 13 year old and a 7 year old. They attend Mt View United Methodist Church and Vinyard is an active member of the East Cobb Chapter of the National Charity League.
She also has an interesting background.
“People may be surprised to know that I was in the military for 12 years,” she said.
Vinyard served in the Army National Guard, supervising and commanding military units, and has lived all over the United States and Italy. Not surprisingly, she still loves to travel and experience new cultures.
To learn more about our leadership team, visit faithbridgefostercare.org/about-us/leadership.