There are many ways to get involved in helping families in your community through the child welfare system and CCV’s trusted partners in the community. Thank you for wanting to serve in this way!
Safe Families is a program where parents experiencing a temporary crisis can arrange for their children to stay with a Christian family while they address the issues that led to their situation. Biological parents maintain full custody of their children and Safe Families are encouraged to interact with the parents for encouragement and support. Safe Families hosts include singles and married couples at every life stage, all of whom simply decide to make room in their home for a child needing a safe place. The arrangement is temporary (average 31 days) and is facilitated by a Safe Families Coach who makes sure everyone is moving forward.
Serving Opportunities within Safe Families – Be a Safe Family and host a child in your home, be a Family Coach who helps interface between the Safe Family and the birth family and walks alongside the birth family to meet their goals. If you’re interested in one of these opportunities, contact Cody Fort at (602) 396–2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are over 20,000 children in the foster care system in Arizona. This means that children who have had to leave their home due to unsafe conditions are put into the state system and then placed into a state-certified caregiving home…a foster family. Our desire is that more and more Christian families would serve in this way to ensure children have safe and loving homes to belong.
The process to be licensed as a Foster Family:
- Attend a Foster Care Orientation - Find an Orientation in the Valley to get started – www.az127.org/events
- Attend an optional Basic Training: A one-day course that prepares families, before choosing an agency, with the Biblical call to the orphan and foster child, reiterating steps in the process and the realities of caring for a child from a hard place. Find a Basic Training – www.az127.org/events
- Choosing an Agency and Begin Intake with them
- PS-MAPP Training & Licensing Paperwork – Find a PS-Mapp class: www.fostercareinitiatives.org/psmapp/
- Home Study/Inspection
- Forming & Training Support Teams: Each family self-selects their team of support (that includes your Neighborhood Group).
- Be Licensed and get your first placement.