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Taylor Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder of The Blue Ribbon Project. He has been a police officer with Annapolis Police Department for over a decade and is assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section. When not working, you'll find him spending time with his family and out enjoying the countryside on two wheels.
Boy Infants (6-12 Months of Age)
Girl Infants (6-12 Months of Age)
Girl Infants (0-6 Months of Age)
Boy Infants (0-6 Months of Age)
The term 'aging out' is used to refer to children within the state foster care system who are still in the system upon reaching the age of eighteen, twenty-one or have graduated from high school. These children have not found permanency with an adoptive family or reunification with their birth family before aging out. The age varies from state to state. Some states have extended services beyond the age of eighteen due to so many children not being ready to be out on their own at such a young age. How do you prepare these children for life...?
The Blue Ribbon Project has developed a program that allows you to create a Personal Campaign Page. As word about The Blue Ribbon Project began to spread, more and more people came forward saying they wanted to help. Quite a few friends asked how they could help raise money through their organization and it was suggested that we offer the ability to create a personalized page for each group.
You can now create a "Personal Campaign Page" where a group, family, or organization can directly impact the life of these kids. Your page is completely customizable in how you want it to look. Whether it's running in a marathon, celebrating a birthday, honoring a loved one or organizing a trivia night, you can start your own fundraising campaign that supports The Blue Ribbon Project.
Your page can be set up in just a few easy steps:
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
Celebrate weddings, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries or any other special day
Ask your friends and family for contributions to your campaign in lieu of gifts.
Honor a loved one
Friends and family can visit, share stories and make memorial contributions in support of our cause.
Run, walk, cycle or swim in your favorite event
Register for any endurance event anywhere and create an online campaign here to support our cause.
Create your own fundraiser
Set up a lemonade stand, a car wash, dinner with friends, trivia night. Turn your favorite fun activities into fundraisers. Our staff can also work directly with you in getting a page set up.
My husband and I became foster parents in 2008 in hopes of adopting a child. After a few months of getting no placement calls, we decided to increase our licensing to allow up to two children. Within days, we were informed that we were being considered for placement of twin newborn babies! My famous last words to my husband were, "How much harder can two babies be than one?"
Taken from his home at eight years old, Detective Tom Pyles knows what foster care is like from both sides. As a police officer, he is sometimes involved in the removal of kids from their homes. He knows...Read Full Story
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