DICK and LINDA BERTRAND of Edgewater serve as foster...


August 22, 1993

DICK and LINDA BERTRAND of Edgewater serve as foster parents, and volunteer at Bethany Christian Services in Crofton, where they help with fund-raisers, and organize and distribute clothing donations and other items for birth mothers.

Volunteers' comments: Mrs. Bertrand says that she has "loved every minute" of her work at Bethany. "Bethany trys to give the birth mother a chance to receive counseling and make the right decision about whether to keep the baby, or whether to place it for adoption. As foster parents, we try to be ready just about any time to take a child.

"Bethany works in a network with other agencies and area churches in helping to provide the needs of birth mothers."

Mr. Bertrand, the recently elected chairman of Bethany's board of directors, spoke highly of the organization's workers.

"We're real proud of everyone; everyone does a great job," he said. "It's a group of people doing good things. We're working very hard to increase public awareness of our services."

About the volunteers: The Bertrands have lived in Anne Arundel for more than a decade. They began working at Bethany in 1986, and are active in Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Lothian.

Mrs. Bertrand is a registered nurse; Mr. Bertrand, retired from the Navy, is a principal analyst with Arinc Research Corp. in Annapolis.

They have two daughters of their own and have been foster parents to 42 babies.

Organization's comments: "Dick helps greatly with our computer system," said Aleta Allen, Bethany's public relations coordinator. Linda gives much of her time to washing, sorting and storing the baby cloths that are donated to Bethany."

About the organization: Bethany Christian Services, a nationwide organization, is a licensed adoption agency and pregnancy counseling center. Bethany's services include foster care, family and individual counseling, help for runaway and homeless youths, and services designed for refugee Amerasians. Information: 721-2835."Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To nominate someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911 or 1 (800) 829-8000, Ext. 8911, any time or fax nominations to 315-8916 or mail them to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Md. 21122.

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