To say that there is a foster care crisis in this country is an understatement. In Kentucky alone, there are nearly nine thousand children currently in foster care. The number of children in care is growing each year but it is important to remember that before there was a Foster Care crisis in this country there was a family crisis.
For many of these families, early intervention could have made the difference in staying together or being broken apart.
Early Intervention Can Prevent Family Crises
What if… We the Church, God’s people, united around these struggling families and answered their cries for help?
What if… The Church practiced radical hospitality as defined in God’s word and opened our homes and our hearts to these families?
What if… The Church stepped in to support and build community around isolated families?
What if… Everyone of us young or old, married or single stepped in to help these families with whatever gifts or talents we have been given?
What if …You were the one to extend grace and hope to a family in crisis?
As a Safe Harbor volunteer, you can make a difference for hurting families in your community and help to prevent one more child from entering into the Foster Care System and keep one more family from being broken apart.
It all sounds pretty overwhelming, doesn’t it? You might be asking yourself, “How can I make a difference? I don’t even know where to begin to help these families or how to help.”
That’s where we come in! With Safe Harbor, we offer training and continuing support to our volunteers as they seek to serve isolated and hurting families in our community. As a Safe Harbor Care team volunteer, you will attend a 5-hour orientation that not only educates you on the effects of trauma on those we serve but gives you a deeper understanding of the obstacles these families are facing. The orientation also provides tools to help you navigate these obstacles with them.
Topics discussed in orientation include the effects of trauma and social isolation, relationship building and overcoming social barriers, the 5 protective factors that build resilience in families, understanding behaviors and the emotions that fuel them, and more.
In addition to the orientation, each member of our Care Team receives a handbook that is designed to be used as a resource specific to their area of service. The handbook offers helpful information and tools that can be utilized when caring for hurting children and their families.
There are many ways for people to volunteer in the Safe Harbor ministry, some require a weekly commitment, others only a few hours a month. No matter your talents or availability, there is a way for you to be a part of this vital ministry. Click here to read more about Safe Harbor and how it saved one family from being torn apart.