What do we do?
We keep families connected.
By temporarily hosting a child, a parent gets the time and support to improve their circumstances so their child doesn’t have to enter foster care.
It is an opportunity for God’s people to become the safe, loving, community vulnerable families need.
Why do we do it?
Flourishing requires relationship.
Our vision is to see every child flourish in the face of adversity and trauma.
Positive connection to a Gospel- centered community can heal both a parent’s trauma and prevent future trauma of a child caused by state removal from their home.
How do we do it?
We mobilize local church communities.
By training churches to be trauma-responsive, we provide safe and effective pathways for God’s people to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Both the vulnerable families and the people who serve flourish through this relationship.
Are you a parent who needs support?
Here’s how Families Together works!
We help you understand the impact of trauma on both children and adults. You’ll be prepared with the skills to love and care for the vulnerable whether you are a Host Home, a Family Mentor, or a Care Community member.
We match a trained and loving host home to a child(ren) whose parent needs time to improve a challenging circumstance. During the short-term care, the parent receives regular updates on how the child is doing and can see the child as scheduling allows.
A family-like network provides the Host Home with what they need to successfully care for the child to make the hosting easier. Support may include dropping off diapers, transportation, meal trains, daycare, prayer support, and much more.
A Family Mentor is connected with the parent to encourage and support them through the challenging time. The mentor helps the parent feel God’s compassionate, loving presence and connects them with an extended church community to love them.
The child returns home when the parent is ready. The family is encouraged to stay connected with the loving community that supported them. Further establishment in a church can grow their positive relationships even further so they can flourish as a family.
Michelle & Odin
“I look at my son now and I know that it would have been the biggest mistake of my life to give him up. Jon & Lindsay gave me my ability to be a mother, to have my son in my care and to experience the joy that I have from him being with him every day. I’m just so grateful that they were able to give me the gift of time to get well and get better so I could be the mom that I wanted to be to my son.”
-Michelle, mother helped through Families Together
Keeping Families Together
Questions & Answers
Are the parent(s) losing custody of their children? Is this foster care?
Not at all! This is a voluntary process and the goal is to prevent foster care. The state foster care system is not involved, so you can choose to end the hosting at any time.
Is this a state-run program?
No. This is a community of volunteers and professionals from Christian Heritage committed to supporting you and your children.
Who are the people involved?
Will the parent(s) get to see their child during the hosting?
Absolutely! We encourage you and the Host Home to schedule family time as your circumstances allow.
How long does hosting a child usually last?
This depends on your situation. Average hostings span from a couple days to a few months. It’s designed to be temporary.
How long is the training for volunteers?
The training is 5 weeks long. We meet in person once a week for 3/hrs. This training class is designed for anyone serving in Families Together, no matter the role. There are role-specific breakout groups throughout the 5-week training. Anyone working directly with a child will additionally need to do a background check.
Can a child be hosted more than once?
Yes. Sometimes a parent needs additional time as they work toward wholeness. This program is built on continued relationships.
What disqualifies a parent from receiving support through this program?
Families Together serves parents who need support for a large variety of circumstances. Every case is unique and taken into consideration. Unfortunately, there are certain disqualifiers when we can’t host a child including if the child is a ward of the state, if there is active domestic violence occurring, if the other parent who is listed on the child’s birth certificate doesn’t approve of the hosting, if the child has high levels of behavior or medical needs that a host home can’t accommodate, and if the parent is seeking temporary hosting for just going out of town.
Ready to connect?
I need support
Do you need temporary care of your child while you improve your situation?
I want to serve
How is God calling your church or family to serve vulnerable families?
I want to give
Let’s partner together to see every child have the chance to flourish.