Providing Safe Loving Homes for Youth in Foster Care
Being Beautiful Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives and outcomes of youth in foster care. Having a life-long love and compassion for children and having mentored, fostered and adopted children of her own, Valerie formed Being Beautiful Foundation as a program to help at risk youth in foster care.
Being Beautiful Foundation provides safe, secure and loving homes for children who have suffered from abuse or neglect and were placed in foster care. The department of human services in Philadelphia reports there are over 4,000 youth presently in their care and over 40% of them are teens 13 and older. Our goal is to provide homes for these children headed by nurturing and caring adults dedicated to enriching their lives.
BBF programs provide housing, food and clothing, therapeutic services, and life skills training for up to 8 children per household. Our House Parent model combines the successful elements of larger congregate care programming along with the personal love, care and attention of traditional residential family style living. Being Beautiful Foundation provides interim or long-term housing and care for our youth until they can either successfully re-unite with their biological parents or receive permanent placement with a loving adoptive family.
Corporate contributions and private donations are used to support the Being Beautiful Foundation cause of helping children who are at risk of abuse or neglect in the Philadelphia and metropolitan areas through the Being Beautiful Residential Living and Foster Care Awareness programs.
Being Beautiful Foundation is an approved United Way Donors Choice Organization. Our Donors Choice Giving code is 52298. You may register through your employer to make tax-deductible contributions.
The Story Behind the Name
The name Being Beautiful, came from Valerie having talks with her adopted daughter Angela. While growing up and in high school, Angela struggled with her looks and insecurities while transitioning through puberty and thinking she was ugly. Valerie recalls having many talks with Angela about what true beauty is. She told Angela that beauty is within, it’s not just about what you look like. It’s about being a person of character, integrity and being caring, helpful and honest. After many years of counseling and encouragement, Angela is a beautiful young lady who is a graduate of Lasalle University, a licensed registered nurse and new mommy herself. When the conversation came up one day about what to name the organization, Angela said, “Why don’t you call it Being Beautiful since that’s what you always taught me about?”
Imagine a place where children who have only known fear, pain and hunger, learn to laugh, play, trust and love. The goal of Being Beautiful Foundation is to educate and promote awareness for other families to “get involved” by opening their homes to children who are at risk of abuse or neglect by providing a safe, stable and nurturing environment for them to grow, learn and develop.
Being Beautiful Foundation is dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of residential and community-based services to meet the critical needs of foster youth by addressing their physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual development.
Being Beautiful Foundation Homes are located in Montgomery County Pennsylvania just outside Philadelphia County. BBF Homes offer residential family style living in Class A neighborhoods near top rated schools in North Penn and Wissahickon School districts. Our unique program combines the successful elements of foster parenting and congregate care into one program called our House Parent Model. BBF Homes are quietly nestled on beautiful tree lined streets in private communities combined with first class amenities to help our youth to feel good about themselves and thrive to become successful. Founded in 2013 by Valerie Crabbe, Being Beautiful Foundations’ unique approach has been featured in numerous newspapers, radio & television programs.