Drumm Farm Drumm Beats
April 2015 
In this issue:
Education Program Update
Jeffries Family
Our Commitment to Kids
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As Drumm Farm celebrates its 96th year of existence this spring, it is important to understand the challenges our kids face. The outcomes for children in the foster care system nationally are shocking:

  • 54% earn a high school diploma
  • 2% earn a Bachelor's degree or higher
  • 84% become parents too soon
  • 51% are unemployed
  • 25% experience homelessness (80% when aging out)
  • 30% receive public assistance

Sobering statistics that are countered by providing a loving and nurturing family as well as opportunities for personal growth, both aimed at stopping the cycle of abuse and neglect.


Last year Drumm Farm increased its capacity to 44 and by the end of this calendar year will reach a capacity of 56, up 210% from 2011. Professional parenting, counseling services, the farm program and an innovative educational support program all directly impact the future of our kids. Drumm Farm, with your help and support, strives to improve outcomes of each and every child we serve.


    Best regards, 

    Brad Smith
    Executive Director
    Drumm Farm Center for Children, Inc



We Got a Little Help from Our Friends


The month of March is planting season at the farm, and we were fortunate enough to get help from the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball teams who were in town for the National Championship. In between practices and games, many of the 32 teams made their way to Drumm to plant potatoes, onions and cabbage in our fields as well as cantaloupe, watermelon and flower seeds in our renovated green house! These young women, some who had never been on a farm, were instrumental in getting the season going here at the Farm.


Teams are required to help in the community through the NAIA's Champions of Character program. But it wasn't all digging, planting and hard work. There was plenty of time to play with the baby goats and sheep born this spring. The teams  also  learned about Drumm Farm and the foster care system.


Thanks to all the teams that visited, we hope to see you again next year!





Professional Development is an important feature of the Education Support Program. Drumm teachers use research based curriculum proven to help students meet academic gains. Drumm's reading program includes Pathways to Reading, based on research from the National Reading Panel and National Reading Council.


Math instruction will be added for the 2015-2016 school year. Reading and Math assessments for students K-12 and screening results are analyzed in the fall, winter and spring. Data from testing determines which areas need instructional support for each student.



Math technology programs will be offered through Tech nights on campus.The Math software will focus on math fluency, mastery of facts and concept practice. 


Drumm Farm is excited to welcome to our team, Mrs. Alexis Grubb, facilitating Saturday Technology classes, and Ms. Beth Hankins, who will be teaching students this fall.





The Annual Drumm Run is scheduled for July 18 at Unity Village. 

Stay tuned for more details!




The Jeffries Family


Paul, Sarah, and Noah Jeffries moved to the Drumm community last August eager to start providing a stable and caring home for foster kids. They've enjoyed introducing the different sets of kids over the last 9 months to some of their favorite things like soccer, Chinese food, and playing outside in the woods. They especially love that they are surrounded by more experienced foster parents as they learn the basics of parenting 6 kids, like "what in the world are we supposed to do on snow days?" 


Paul and Sarah are kept up to date on the status of the baby farm animals through the kids' happy excitement over nature's spring developments, and all 8 of the Jeffries' are ready for the summer activities to begin.




Are you eligible for tax credits?


Individuals and businesses with Missouri business income are eligible to receive a 55% tax credit for donations made to Drumm Farm Center for Children now through April 30, 2015. The credits are transferable and can be carried forward for 10 years.


The 55% tax credits are made available by the MHDC Affordable Housing Assistance Program as an incentive to contribute to a non-profit community based organization that provides housing assistance activities. Drumm provides family-style homes for children in the foster care system.


For more information email Brad Smith or call 816-373-3434.


Here at Drumm Farm Center for Children, we are committed to helping foster children reach their goals in healthy & effective ways. We work to cut down the time that kids are in care by offering high-quality, consistent counseling and educational services, highly trained and experienced licensed foster parents, and a network of community supports dedicated to helping achieve individual success for each child.

Contact Us to see how you can be a part of the great things happening here at 

Drumm Farm Center for Children!

Drumm Farm Center for Children is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.