Barium Springs Home for Children merging with Banner Elk-based nonprofit

03/05/2014 12:53 PM

03/05/2014 1:10 PM

Barium Springs Home for Children will merge with Banner Elk-based Grandfather Home for Children on April 1 to create one of the largest child welfare providers in North Carolina, the agencies announced on Wednesday.

The combined nonprofits will have a projected $35 million operating budget and 350 foster families. About 3,500 at-risk children and their families in 63 counties will be served.

The agencies were established as orphanages by the Presbyterian Church – Barium Springs in 1891 and Grandfather in 1914. They now provide adoption and foster care services and treatment for traumatized and neglected children. Joe Marusak

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