Kindred Connections Mission Statement: Kindred Connections is the Church walking beside families in crisis, to give families Hope and keep children safe.
Kindred Connections’ impact in Central Oregon during the 2017 – 2018 fiscal year includes 29 children hosted, 33% were 13-18 years old and 60 volunteers supporting Families in Need (FIN’s)
What is Kindred Connections?
Kindred Connections is a team of allies who rally around families in crisis. Participating area churches mobilize volunteers who build relationships with families in times of hardship, and who open their homes to care for children while their parents cannot.
Who Guides Kindred Connections?
Kindred Connections is a program of J Bar J youth services, who provides home studies, insurance, and supervision for Kindred Connections hosting placements and mentoring relationships.
Kindred Connections Objectives:
Family Support and Stabilization: Kindred Connections volunteers provide extended family relationships to families in need who are without support.
Under the most ideal circumstances, parenting can be a difficult journey. When job loss, serious illness homelessness, or other concerning issues complicate the act of parenting, families need help. Kindred Connections strives to provide that help.
Many families have friends or relatives who offer support in crisis. For those who lack that safety net, Kindred Connections mobilizes and equips church communities to provide support for families in need.
When a family requires help from Kindred Connections, parents retain custody and voluntarily arrange for their child(ren) to stay with a Host Family. Parents can then work to secure stability for their family. In addition to the Host Family, Kindred Connections involves Family Coaches and Family Friends, who provide support to the parents and the Host Family.
This is a very tangible way to reverse a downward cycle. The church’s role is to locate Host Families, Family Coaches, and Family Friends within the congregation, and to provide ongoing training to those involved.
The role of J Bar J Youth Services as the nonprofit partner is to evaluate volunteers, complete background checks, conduct home assessments, make determinations of hosting arrangements between families and Host Families, and to provide training, education and support to the volunteers and churches involved. These tasks are funded by financial and non-financial gifts to the church and/or to J Bar J Youth Services, as well as churches who commit to making Kindred Connections a ministry in their church.
Host Families care for children and build a relationship with parents while the parents get back on their feet.This is a positive way to prevent isolation and to strengthen families. Kindred Connections provides volunteers to help families in crisis before issues get out of hand and require mandated intervention.