The Child S.H.A.R.E. Program partners with faith communities to provide support services such as:
Parents’ Night Out: Faith communities can use their own Children’s ministry volunteers to provide a night of babysitting (on the church site) for children placed with families in the Child S.H.A.R.E. network. Parents are provided a much anticipated night of rest.
Fellowship groups: Child S.H.A.R.E. trains churches to provide support groups for foster and adoptive parents. Child S.H.A.R.E. will provide a trained peer leader and speakers. The faith community may provide the location, child care and snacks.
Gifts: Faith communities may hold backpack (can click for brochure) welcome gift (click for brochure), and children’s equipment (click for brochure) drives. These gifts are then distributed to families in the Child S.H.A.R.E. network.
Celebration Events: Faith communities may hold celebration events for families involved in the Child S.H.A.R.E. network. See pictures from the 2008 Christmas Party for Orange County and Riverside families hosted by Newsong Church (www.newsong.net) in Irvine and pictures of the 2008 Summer Picnic for Orange County and Riverside hosted by The Rock Church in Anaheim.
Special Supports: Each community of faith has special gifts and talents. Is there a creative way that your community can serve foster and adoptive families? See how members of Newsong Church in Irvine used their gifts to serve a special foster family in episode one of CWOW Design Stars.
In addition to the assistance given by your faith community, Child S.H.A.R.E. families receive on-going support services from Child S.H.A.R.E.. These include:
Family Connections Newsletter: Include networking events, feature articles and other relevant information.
Warm-line directory: Foster parents often have a concordance of various concerns that may come up when parenting children who have been abused or abandoned. This directory gives them access to talk with other foster families who have successfully encountered these situations and would like to support them.
Advocacy: To help families move through the certification/licensing process as smoothly and quickly as possible.
Adoption Plaques: Presented before a family’s faith community to celebrate a completed adoption.
Training Programs and Conferences: Throughout the year, Child S.H.A.R.E. provides training programs for families, support group leaders, and others. Our annual Lewis Smedes Memorial Conference provides families with an opportunity to network, learn about current issues in foster care and adoption, discover new community-based resources and earn required training hours for licensure.