How Family Renewal Works
When difficult circumstances arise, many people rely on relatives and friends for support. But for some parents struggling to overcome poverty and social isolation, this is not an option. During times of crisis, many parents without a support system are not abled to provide a safe and caring home for their children which increases the risk of abuse and neglect. Children in these situations may eventually be removed from their homes and placed in the child welfare system if their parents are not given the support they need.
Family Renewal Initiative (FRI) is a collaboration among area churches, Christian families and individuals, and community agencies designed to help families in crisis by giving them a network of support. Volunteer Host Families, recruited through the local church, provide a loving home where children can stay while their parents get back on their feet. Family Coaches come alongside parents during the hosting, giving them support and mentorship. Through its dedicated volunteers, FTI helps to prevent child abuse, deflect children from the foster care system, stabilize families, and share the light and hope of Christ with vulnerable families in our community.
How Does it Work?
Families seek the help of FRI because of situations such as homelessness, hospitalization, mental health crises, domestic violence, drug/alcohol rehabilitation, and incarceration. Parents can self-refer or may be referred by social service agencies, homeless shelters, hospitals, drug treatment centers, prisons, schools, police stations, etc. FRI works quickly to match children with host families. Parents voluntarily request FRI’s care for their children and maintain full custody. Children ages 0-18 may be hosted in a FRI host home, and the length of stay may range from overnight to a year. At the end of the hosting, nearly all families are reunited.