Children In Crisis opens new foster home

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Kitty Johnson, chair of the CIC Board of Directors, Ken Hair, CIC president/CEO, along with other members of the CIC Board, the John and Pat Tringas Family and representatives from the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, cut the ribbon on the DCWAF-Travis Tringas Cottage, the newest CIC family foster home.

The home, the fourth foster home, is in the CIC Children’s Neighborhood in Fort Walton beach and will provide a home to 12 at-risk children. Over 150 community leaders were in attendance to witness yet another significant milestone in CIC’s development.

The new facility provides a home to 12 foster children and keeps sibling families of brothers and sisters together. Construction of the home was made possible through a donation from the Travis Tringas Memorial Foundation and a grant from the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.

“We are very fortunate to have the wonderful support of our community," said Hair. "The CIC Board, donors and volunteers have proven how important it is for our community to provide a safe haven to the abused, neglected and abandoned children that may not have a place to go.”

CIC opened the Susanna Wesley House emergency shelter and Blessings House family foster home in 2008. The Dugas Family Foundation Neighborhood Center administrative facility and the Kids’ Clubhouse Recreation Center opened in 2009, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, (DCWAF)-Sue Sue's Cottage and the DCWAF Opportunity Teen Home in 2010. DCWAF-Ya, Ya’s Home opened in 2013 and the DCWAF–Travis Tringas Cottage this week. Since opening the first home, CIC have given a home to over 575 children.