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Family Preservation (FP) ministry strengthens family relationships and empowers parents. We offer helpful seminars and partner with Safe Families for Children (SF) which provides children with temporary housing while parents get needed support. Volunteers are Host Families who house children, Family Friends who support Host Families and Coaches who help parents. Check out our SF video.

FP promotes the Biblical value of community support to honor your father and your mother. FP also is part of a broader international movement to strengthen family relationships and, when safely possible, prevent separation and promote reunion between parents and children. For more information on FP, check out www.childwelfare.gov.

Get involved

Open your home. Open your heart.

BECOME A HOST FAMILY
  • If you are looking for a truly rewarding and challenging experience, consider becoming a Safe Families Host Family. You will make a lasting impression on a child in need and possibly change the trajectory of a family in crisis. Host Families serve as the backbone of the Safe Families movement. Without families opening their homes and opening their hearts, we could not care for vulnerable children in our communities.
  • To be a Host Family, you must be at least 25 years old, emotionally and financially stable, mature, law abiding, healthy, and active. You also must be willing to engage in a long-term friendship with a family in need, agree to not use drugs, and refrain from using profanity or engaging in other negative behavior that may impact a child.
  • Please fill out the form below if you’re interested or have questions!
BECOME A FAMILY FRIEND
When you volunteer as a Family Friend, Safe Families for Children will connect you with an at-risk family that would benefit from a healthy support system. And Family Friends can also support Host Families by providing meals, respite care, transportation, etc.
Family Friends encourage and strengthen families in crisis so that they may thrive. Performing small tasks, such as dropping off diapers or babysitting for a few hours, provides families with support and builds relationships.
As a Family Friend, you will:
  • provide friendship and encouragement
  • share helpful information about parenting and life
  • support parents who have children staying with Host Families
  • advocate for families seeking resources for their children, such as schools or mental and physical health services
Please fill out the form below if you’re interested or have questions!
BECOME A FAMILY COACH
You can play a vital role in Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) by volunteering as a Family Coach to help parents in crisis get back on their feet.
As a Family Coach, you will:
  • Support the Host Family. This ensures that families get the support and resources they need to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children.
  • Monitor children’s safety. Because safety is a top priority, the Family Coach begins assessing safety within 48 hours of a child moving in with the Host Family—and each week for at least a month.
  • Provide a family in need with resources, such as community referrals and assistance in making their appointments.
  • Facilitate the relationship between the Host Family and the Family in need with compassion and empathy.
You will also:
  • Listen to Host Families and Families in need. The Family Coach provides space for them to express their thoughts and concerns.
  • Manage expectations. For example, the Host Family may feel that they must fix problems or situations that are not their responsibility. Alternately, if a hosting arrangement seems longer than expected, the Family Coach is needed to temper expectations.
  • Show empathy, hope, grace, and compassion. We work hard to err on the side of grace.
  • Problem solve. Family Coaches work with the church and other community resources to assist Families in need.
  •  Reassure. Stressful situations require a calm presence and the ability to give hope to those who may feel hopeless.
Please fill out the form below if you’re interested or have questions!
BECOME A RESOURCE FRIEND
Resource Friends assist Host Families and Families in Crisis with goods and services they may need. This help may come in the form of gently used equipment, children’s furniture and clothes. They can also donate their professional services when needed, especially if they are healthcare providers, day care providers, barbers or stylists.
Please fill out the form below if you’re interested or have questions!
HELP ORGANIZE EVENTS
We are always looking for people who can help with events!
Specific areas of need but not limited to:
  • Event planners
  • People to staff tables and pass out flyers
  • Greeters at an event
  • People to bring food and drinks
JOIN THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
If you have a deep passion for family preservation and a big heart for welcoming people, please inquire about joining the leadership team. We are looking for people that work well with a team and have leadership skills. Please fill out the form below if you’re interested or have questions!

Get help

Do you feel overwhelmed and struggle to meet the needs of your children? We’re here to help.

DO YOU NEED A HOST FAMILY?
Safe Families for Children is a network of families who volunteer to care for your children for as long as you need. Our goal is to keep families intact. Once you feel like you and your home environment is stable and healthy we’ll work with you to reunite your family as soon as possible.
As the biological parent (or legal guardian) you maintain full custody of your children. And you are encouraged to participate in decisions regarding their care while they are being hosted. Our aim is to form a partnership between you and the volunteer families and see the Host Family as extended family. We encourage the relationship to continue even after your children return home.
Learn more or request a Host Family now:  https://safe-families.org/get-help/request-a-host-family/
DO YOU NEED A FAMILY FRIEND OR MENTOR?
Raising children without support from family or friends can be quite difficult. It becomes even more challenging when various stressors are added such as difficulty paying bills, under employment, etc. Connecting with another adult who can provide a listening ear and support can make all the difference in the world. Family Friends are screened and trained volunteers who can provide you with a listening ear, support, or even some guidance on how to budget, save money, and find work.
Parents can be partnered with a Family Friend when they request that their children stay with a Host Family. There are also Safe Families for Children locations that provide Family Friend relationships even when parents do not request that their children stay with a Host Family.
Learn more or request a Family Friend now: https://safe-families.org/get-help/request-a-mentor/
CONNECT TO OUR CHURCH
We would love to invite you to a Sunday morning service. All are welcome and you can come as you are. Please check out our different locations and times. We also have lots of different groups you can get involved with. Please look at our small group calendar and see what fits the best for you. Questions? Please fill out the form below.
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Upcoming closures

December 26, 2018

January 2, 2019

Location & contact

2495 Howard St., Evanston IL 60202

[email protected]

(847) 328-4544

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