For Parents With Children of All Ethnicities
Healthy Ethnic Hair and Skin Care Training Classes
B Beautiful Children's Foundation for Ethnic Hair and Skin teaches adoptive and foster-care parents, and agencies how to care for the hair and skin of bi-racial, ethnic, African American, Native American, Latino, and Hispanic children.
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B Beautiful-Children's Foundation For Ethnic Hair and Skin is recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN 80-0514597, making all donations tax deductible. As a charitable corporation, exempt from income tax, we are required to file the form 990 with the Federal Government, and all financial information is presented in accordance with IRS regulations.



Ethnic Hair and Skin Have Different Requirements For Good Health

About Our Mission

Barbette Woodall was born into a multiracial African-American and Caucasian family, where her African-American cultural heritage has influenced and attained her knowledge to properly braid, chemically straighten hair, and perform hair extensions on African-American hair. These techniques and skills were learned at a young age and inspired her to develop her hair-care techniques throughout her adolescent years and now have perfected these techniques and skills in her adult years. Ms. Woodall’s Caucasian side of her race inspired her to further expand and develop her techniques and skills that make services versatile with all different textures and types of hair.

Many African-American and bi-racial children that are placed for adoption or into a foster-care environment are often deal with poor self-image issues. I belief and research can shows that one of the challenge to their self-esteem is the inability of their care givers to properly care for these youths hair and skin. Properly caring for African-American and bi-racial hair require a completely different techniques and products than the Caucasian, Asian or other types of hair. African-American and multi-racial hair is uniquely different to other ethnic or Caucasian hair because of its makeup and texture, which requires specialized technique and skills to properly care for these types of hairs. Many foster parents (as well as many professional hairdressers) typically do lack the knowledge to properly care, treat and style an African-American child’s hair. As a result, these children become discouraged with their appearance and many feel isolated and different from their new siblings, friends and/or classmates.

African American skin is highly sensitive to perfumes, allergies, fabrics, and medications. This type of skin is commonly misjudged based on its appearance. Its dark smooth complexion, often perceived as hard in exterior, is surrounded by many misconceptions.

  • Sun tanning - African American skin does tan and is in need of sunscreen.

  • Discoloration - Skin can have various forms of discoloration. There may be problems with finding cosmetics that are effective for their skin.

  • Rashes - When African American skin has a rash or a reaction from medication or side effects from other disorders the skin develops a condition from Hyper- pigmentation. This condition is a disorder that causes black scarring of the skin that can become permanent and cause scar tissue.

  • Disorders- When African American skin disorders, like psoriases and eczema, the skin is so sensitive that it affects the skin worsted

There is an overall lack of education in the medical and cosmetology industry causing a huge gap in training professionally about African-American and bi-racial skin services. As a result, African American and bi-racial skin conditions are often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all.

Our Passion and Mission
The mission is to conduct a class to Adoptive and Foster parents in how to properly care for African-American and Bi-racial children’s hair and skin. Ms. Woodall will be the only instructor providing the class. With Ms. Woodall’s extensive knowledge and expertise in working with various types of skin and hair will provide the participants and an opportunity to properly care for these youth’s hair and skin.

The class will consist of: visual aids, swatches of the different types of hair, and mannequins. Ms. Woodall will educate Adoptive and Foster parents of the special techniques and tools and products needed to properly care for their unique children’s hair.

The classes include:
1. Introduction, credentials and background.

2. Findings regarding African-American, Bi-racial and Caucasian hair.

3. Discussion of various hair types and hair swatch samples.

4. Before-and-after photos of African-American and Bi-racial children who received hair care from Barbette.

5. Hair-care products and tools, hair care tips, and where to purchase the products and tools locally.

6. Certificate of class completion.

7. Class evaluation survey to be completed by participants.


Ms. Woodall and B-Beautiful Foundation will be collecting data and information as classes are completed through the evaluation process from the classes and information provided by parents before and after these classes. The data will be collected from the first classes evaluations, feedback from parents and youths, and every six months follow up.

The assumption of the data and information collected will provide information to support the need for these classes to be implemented statewide and for future mandates targeted at Adoptive and Foster care parents.

One of the most important data that will be collected is what positive impact these classes have been to the foster child as well as the Adoptive and Foster care parents. These data will also provide the State reports of youths who have shown positive results ranging from high self esteem, increase participation in the family and school, increase of positive self awareness, etc., all because parents are able to properly provide hair and skin care to African-American youths.

Meet the Board of Directors

Barbette Woodall

President and Founder - Barbette Woodall
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with hair. Because my hair wasn't easy to manage I began styling my own hair at an early age. I taught myself how to braid, style, and do the daily upkeep of my hair. In the process, I learned which hair-care products were effective for ethnic hair; and thus began my journey to help others like me with the same ethnic hair challenges. I learned how to properly implement products and tools to enhance the look and health of my ethnic hair and skin. These are the developed skills I will teach you as some of the proper steps in keeping your ethnic child's hair healthy and manageable and it will be my great pleasure to do so!  

Barbette is also a member of the Crossover Youth Practice Model implementation team representing B Beautiful-Children's Foundation. The Crossover Youth program is designed to strengthen how the juvenile justice, child welfare, and other related systems of care serve crossover youth.

Connie Holmes

Treasurer - Connie Holmes
Connie has spent 15 years as a HR Professional and many more years as a volunteer.  With a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University and a Human Resources Certificate from Portland State University, she is a member of Society for Human Resources Management and certified Professional in Human Resources.
Member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde American Indian and Hispanic roots. Experience with the foster care system – my parents were foster parents and I am also a foster parent . Mother of one, grandmother of three and many young people I claim as my own children. "I fully support and believe in our Foundation and our founder’s vision. Every child should feel special and experience unconditional love."
Favorite quote: We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.

Carina Martinez

Secretary - Carina Martinez

A young Hispanic woman licensed as a nail tech and esthetician specializing in nail and skincare. I have been a foster parent at age 21years old fostering my younger siblings age 8 and 13 years old.  I believe with all my heart that teaching every parent, young adult, and child proper ethnic skin and hair care is super important and I believe every child should feel good about their ethnicity and never be ashamed to be of a different ethnic background.

Aneesah Furqan-Peace

Director - Aneesah Furqan-Peace

Aneesah Furqan-Peace has been a Salem resident for 23 years, Aneesah recently retired from her position as a Branch Manager for the State of Oregon,. Aneesah worked 1997, for Oregon Department of Human Services - Seniors and People with Disabilities, Disability Determinations Services, for Social Security Administration, Disability.

Aneesah has a passion for employee justice, employment, and service delivery equity proved instrumental in bringing the Proper Hair and Skin Care Education for Foster & Adoptive Children of Black, Bi-Racial and other Ethnic groups. In November, 2009, she introduced the Proper Hair and Skin proposal to DHS-DDCC membership and later arranged for Founder Barbette Woodall to give a DHS employees, and community a training workshop the following month and was instrumental in promoting Founder Barbette Woodall efforts in achieving passage of HB-3485 during the past Oregon Legislative Session.

Member: National Association of Disability Examiners, ORADE Chapter, Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs, Oregon State Hispanic Networking Organization, Blacks in Government, Salem Capitol Chapter.

D'Vonn Woodall

D’Vonn Unique Woodall is a young man of African American, multi-racial heritage. His influences are the professional league of sports. Basketball is his passion and he aspires to become a NBA Coach as well as to obtain a BA in Communication. Coming from an influential background of his father being a college level basketball player, D’Vonn is no stranger to how the logistics of the game is played on the court and off.

As a director of B Beautiful- Children’s Foundation, D’Vonn will provide our youth with inspiration and encouragement on how to stay in school, be drug free, and also add a unique touch to his liaison position by targeting kids in sports, helping them learn exemplary grooming techniques and sharing information on how to maintain healthy hair and skin care hygiene based on the belief . . . "When You look good, you feel good"!


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