Safe Families for Children is delighted to announce that the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation recently awarded us a generous grant of $16,500.00 to assist in funding our hiring of a Family Coach. Our coaches facilitate the relationship between the parents and the host family during a hosting by: 1) supporting the host family and ensuring the well-being of the children in care and 2) providing support and mentorship to the parents. This position is now partially supported by a grant from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and will supplement the volunteer family coach team by accepting assignments when volunteer coaches are not available. This funding allows us to continue providing accountability and compassionate coaching to parents in need of support.
Recently, one expectant mother chose life for her baby after receiving the near-daily support of a Safe Families Family Coach. This overwhelmed mom had already lost two children to foster care and had asked us to host her infant son. With few resources and a determination not to lose her infant, she had believed abortion to be her only choice until the Family Coach came alongside her to form a trusting relationship that remains ongoing today.
Without this generous funding from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, parents like this young mother would be left without crucial support, unprepared to nurture a child or provide a stable home, and even too overwhelmed to choose life. We would like to thank the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation for their continued support that allows Safe Families for Children Northeast Indiana to continue our services.