The ultimate goal of foster care is to reunite children with their families or to prevent children from coming into care in the first place. At risk families are either struggling to keep their children or have been reunified with their children. These families have little to no support, guidance, or role models. They need to know that someone cares. They need the body of Christ to show them love, support and encouragement to continue moving forward and being the parents their children need.
HOW YOU CAN SERVE AT RISK FAMILIES:
BECOME A PARENTING PARTNER
Many at risk parents never had good role models as children to learn how to parent themselves. So the hopeless cycle continues. We need individuals and couples in the church who are willing to build relationships with these families to empower them with the skills they need to be successful parents themselves.
PROVIDE FIRST AID RESPONSE ITEMS
Donate new beds or bedding, clothes and furniture for immediate assistance for birth families with needs to stay intact or for reunification with a child or children.
HELP WITH LIGHT HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
Many at risk families struggle financially and find it hard to make even the smallest repairs around their homes. Show the love of Christ to a family in need by mobilizing your small group or family to help with light home improvements such as: deck repairs, roof repairs, yard work, painting and more.
BECOME A HOST CHURCH FOR FAMILIES COUNTTM
Families Count is a family restoration and preservation ministry of Lifeline Children's Services. It's designed to give local churches a platform to minister to the parents of children who have been placed into the local foster care system, or are at risk of entering it. Families Count equips the church to engage some of the most vulnerable families in their community with the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“We need churches and individuals who are willing to build relationships and show these families that there is another and better way… a “heart change” can make a world of difference in the families in which we serve.”
-Director of Foster Care
St. Clair County, AL