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Anchorage Opens New Sibling Group Home

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The Anchorage Children's home has been a part of the community for more than 30 years.

They have multiple programs to help struggling families and children, but now they are adding one more.

The building has history, it's the same one where it all started, but the idea is something completely new.

Home is where the heart is and for eight Bay County children in foster care, It's where your siblings are too.

"For some of these children coming from somewhat dysfunctional families, having their brother or sister is sometimes the best thing that happens to them," said Steve Blumenthal, Executive Director of the Anchorage Children's Home. "Its the most stable thing.. Its something they are familiar with.. It's something that helps them grow and do well."

The Anchorage Children's Home teamed up with Big Bend Community Based Care program to offer a new kind of care to keep Bay County children local.

"At some point there were about 100 children from this area brought into foster care, but they weren't living in here. They were living other areas, but more importantly they were siblings that weren't together."

The new home has a long-term and a stable space for eight children to learn and grow.

"The staff that works there actually lives there. They work four days on and four days off but they actually stay there. So, it's not like other places when you go to bed another shifts come on and wakes you up. These boys and girls go to bed with staff there and wake up there with the same people. So it's much more of a family environment."

It helps kids the feel at home and helps the families learn to adjust.

"The families can come to the group home, it's a teaching experience, they learn how to cook, they learn how to interact, they learn social service.. So the families benefit and the children benefit by being together."  

Blumenthal says there is sometimes a financial struggle that goes along with keeping programs like these alive and they are always looking for people who would be willing to help.

If you are interested, you can call the Anchorage Children's Home at (850) 763-7102 or visit there web site by clicking here.