April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and at Safe Families of Central Indiana* we are doing our part to prevent child abuse and neglect the Safe Families way. Childhelp.org states that there were more than 3 million reports of child abuse or neglect made nation-wide in 2015. In the state of Indiana, children are being abused and neglected at an unprecedented rate. In July 2015 the number of children entering into the foster care system had increased by 26 percent, and over 18,000 kids are in foster care.
How can Safe Families make a difference with these alarming statistics? We can let parents in crisis know we’re here.
Safe Families strives to prevent child neglect and abuse before it starts. We allow parents who are in crisis the opportunity ask for help by choosing to place their child in the home of a safe family, thereby giving themselves time and resources to get back on their feet. Our host families are recruited through local churches, they are screened, trained and volunteer to help children in need. Our goal is to let parents in need know we are here to help before abuse and neglect occurs. We want to empower parents, and let them know they have options when it comes to the safety and well-being of their children.
Safe Families believes in helping others during their time of need through Biblical hospitality. Our host families act as the hands and feet of Jesus to families in crisis, and our Family Coaches work one-on-one with parents to show them love and support. We extend this type of love and support to others because of the love and forgiveness God has first shown us.
Check out this placing parents story and why she says, “They made it so easy, I felt guilty.”
Here in Central Indiana, Safe Families facilitated 698 hostings in the year 2016 alone. Hundreds of parents in crisis have made a bold decision to call our crisis line and ask for help in their time of need. If you are a parent who is in crisis and concerned about the safety and well-being of your child, you can find out more about Safe Families in Central Indiana by calling our crisis line at: 317-519-3839 or submit an online request: http://safe-families.org/request/
Help Safe Families get the word out about preventing child abuse and neglect the Safe Families way! Share our posts on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter during Prevention Month. You can read more about what it looks like when a parent calls our crisis line here.
There are parents in crisis who need to know that it’s okay to ask for help!
*Safe Families of Central Indiana serves Marion and surrounding counties, including local representatives in Boone, Hancock, Madison, and Monroe County. For information on how to find a chapter near you, please visit: http://safe-families.org/about/locations/