Marty and Patti Bearden have been married and serving in ministry for the past 28 years. They are currently licensed foster parents in Alabama. They have 2 biological children - Stephen (age 27) and Savannah (age 23), along with one son pending adoption for December 2019 - Sylas (age 16). Their lives as parents are a huge part of the story of how they’ve become a part of the HAFP team.
Patti graduated with her Masters of Social Work in May 2018 from the University of Alabama School of Social Work. She has worked with at-risk children and families for more than 8 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with children of trauma. She specializes in behavior modification planning and strategies, psychological assessment, and individual service / treatment planning. Marty graduated from Athens State University with a degree in Psychology and has worked with the Alabama Department of Human Resources as a Foster Care Service worker for the past 17 years. He is a seasoned professional with strong resource management, assessment and outcome measurement, and individual service planning skills. Marty has also served as a pastor and bible teacher for the past 28 years.
After an Audio Adrenaline concert hosted by their home church in Arab, Alabama, Marty and Patti’s daughter, Savannah (then 12 years old), started to get curious about a call on her life for mission work in Haiti. The family joined HAFP on their first adventure in 2012 and they have continued to return and become a part of the heartbeat of this team ever since. In 2018, Patti was working to complete her Masters and pursued the opportunity to complete an international field placement with HAFP. Living on campus in Jacmel, Patti was able to begin the development of the social work program that will ensure each child has the opportunity to reach their God-given potential.
As Social Workers, Marty and Patti realized a system of "one size fits all" just doesn't work. Because of this, they seek to see each child's plan looks and feels different as it is based on his/her strengths/needs/desires. The Beardens are excited to follow and assist with each child's Individual Service Plan (ISP) process providing guidance and support along the way. Additionally, they look forward to continuing to work with HAFP staff to enhance the standards of care and provide each child the opportunity to reach his/her God given potential.