Please CLICK HERE if you are in a crisis and need more information on how a Caring Family can help you.
What is the Caring Families Ministry?
Caring Families is a ministry of the local church that is comprised of a network of volunteer Christian families who will take in children from parents that may be temporarily unable to properly care for their children for a variety of reasons such as hospitalization, homelessness, drug abuse, or when a parent is remanded to a correctional institution for a period of time.
How does the Caring Families program work?
Parents place their children voluntarily and temporarily with a Caring Family so they can have the time needed to address crisis issues without fear of losing custody. As a result many Caring Families become the extended family to a parent that is experiencing a crisis and needs help.
How long do the children stay?
The children range in age from newborn infants to age 18 and may need care for just a night or two or up to a year or more depending on the circumstances. However, the average length of stay is around 45 days.
How is Caring Families different from foster care?
Caring Families is different from foster care in that it does not require involvement with the Florida Department of Children and Families, which is the state child welfare department. The parents suffering from a crisis situation voluntarily place their children with a Caring Families home and continue to maintain custody of their child.
Why was the Caring Families Ministry created?
In the past extended families were able to support parents experiencing a crisis by stepping in and helping to care for the children. However, these days many families are socially isolated and are far removed from a network of extended family.
Caring Families needs your help
The Caring Families program is an opportunity for Christian volunteer families to show the love of Christ to children and families in need.
What are the steps to becoming a Caring Family?
Meet the eligibility requirements
Complete the application process
Meet with Caring Family representative in your home
Complete required training
Receive placement of a child!
Requirements to become a Caring Family
Must be at least 21 years of age
Must have lived in the community for at least six months
Must be willing to work with the child’s family
Must have supportive character references
Must not have a criminal record (background check required)
Must complete a basic home study program
Must complete approximately 4-5 hours of online training
We require that you be a professing Christian, be active in a local evangelical Christian church, and reflect a disciplined Christian lifestyle. This determination will be evaluated according to the Word of God, the Baptist Faith and Message, and the judgment of those tasked with this responsibility within our organization.