Safe Families for Children
When crisis strikes, many of us rely on our relatives or church family for support. But some parents don't have a safety net. Safe Families For Children is equipping churches and families to step in and support parents by temporarily caring for their children, who might otherwise end up in foster care. Kentwood Community Church and Families of Promise partners with our local Safe Families for Children to help recruit and support families and other volunteers for this great program.
We are looking for several types of volunteers, with commitments of as little as once/month:
Family Friend: Offers support and help in any area the Host Family may have a need, maybe a visit to our Closet of Hope to get meals, clothing, diapers, etc. , or transportation and respite needs for the family.
Family Coach: Visits the host family once a week to evaluate how things are going and if they have any current needs. Coaches may also have the opportunity to work with birth families to encourage and support them.
Host Family: Willing to temporarily take children into their home while the parent/s work to resolve a family crisis. The average length of stay is 6 weeks, but hosting arrangements usually last anywhere from 2 days to a year.
For more information on how you can get involved contact Cindie Anthes, Kentwood Community Church's Safe Families for Children Coordinator, at FOPSafeFamilies@gmail.com.