TROY — Isaiah’s Place, a therapeutic foster care agency, 1100 Wayne St., Troy, has seen growth in the number of children placed in foster care while the agency strengthens under new leadership.
“We have made a lot of positive changes in a short amount of time,” said Isaiah’s Place Board President Mike Cargill. “With the need for foster care growing in this region, it was imperative that we bring Isaiah’s Place to the highest levels of standards and integrity. We are pleased to announce our new executive director who has influenced the agency with his professionalism and business acumen.”
Bob Lybarger was named executive director of Isaiah’s place in January 2017. Lybarger, a local business entrepreneur, was formerly the vice president of operations for a multi-state medical company. He also owned and operated two Miami County-based medical companies over the last 20 years. Lybarger also serves as an associate pastor at Troy First United Methodist Church in Troy.
“The staff at Isaiah’s Place has an impressive level of experience and compassion for this agency,” Lybarger said. “They have been dedicated to bringing this agency to what I call a ‘world class’ level because we believe our community and the children in our care deserve the best possible services and safety we can provide.”
“Additionally, the staff is committed to bringing new programs that are needed to help us support these kids and families,” Lybarger continued. “It is in our future plans to add behavioral health as an additional service line, along with other community outreach programs.”
Lybarger said the region is seeing an increased need for foster homes. Part of the rise is following the opioid epidemic.
“There is a huge demand for foster parents right now,” Lybarger said. “We are actively seeking new foster homes.”
He said Isaiah’s Place currently has more than 100 children placed in foster homes servicing 11 surrounding counties. The agency has its own training facility for equipping and supporting foster parents.
The agency, which began in 2003, has been working diligently to streamline and improve its benefits to foster children and foster care families by upgrading technology, adding new programs and increasing staff.
Isaiah’s Place recently rebranded with an updated logo and signage. A new website and social media sites are in progress.
In addition, the Isaiah’s Place team is becoming actively engaged in state and national associations pertinent to the foster care industry, as well as with the non-profit sector.
Cargill became the new board president in January. He reached out into the community to develop an energized board comprised of dedicated members with integrity and a passion for children.
Foster families are supported through the agency with education and ongoing support. These families are caring for children in need of good homes, offering them hope, protection and love. Isaiah’s Place has a strategic plan for the next year that includes fundraising efforts, awareness campaigns and fun activities for the foster families it serves.
Isaiah’s Place needs more foster families and community partners. For more information call (937) 335-3701 or visit www.isaiahsplace.com.