Fort Walton Beach

From left—John Wesley, Loyal Weaver, Dr. Lee Hale, Don Litke, Marni Roake, Children in Crisis president-CEO Ken Hair, Kitty Johnson, Mary Jane Ross, Sheila Campbell, JoAnne Connell, founder Sharilyn Darnell, Hu Ross and Eileen Arpke at the ribbon cutting for the CIC Ty Pennington Family Foster Home.

Children in Crisis cut the ribbon on its fifth new foster home to honor the life of Ty Autry Pennington. The Pennington home is located at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood in Fort Walton Beach. Over 200 community leaders and supporters attended 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 Bill and Bobbi Pennington and Brian and Kim Pennington.


Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO, commented: “We are very fortunate to have the wonderful support of our community. 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 live.”


Since opening the first home, CIC has given a home to over 650 children, kept all brothers and sister siblings together and helped with 26 foster children adoptions to forever homes.


CIC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity of caring people that are helping with the severe shortage of foster homes in our community. The goal is to build an entire neighborhood of foster homes for the at-risk children of Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties. For more information, call 850-864-4242 or visit

– Ken Hair
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