Churches throughout the Kansas City metro area have been actively engaged in helping children and families involved with the child welfare system, including thousands of youth who have experienced abuse and neglect and are in caring KVC foster families.
Westside Family Church, located in Lenexa, Kan., recently donated over 500 suitcases and duffel bags for children in foster care. Instead of moving their clothes in trash bags, children and youth will have the chance to select a piece of luggage and move their belongings with dignity.
Other churches across Kansas have opened their doors to provide space for TIPS-MAPP training, which is a program that prepares new foster and adoptive parents to care for children in foster care. Faith communities have also provided space for support groups and ongoing trainings for resource parents. West Haven Baptist Church, located in Tonganoxie, Kan., continues to host ongoing trainings for foster parents and supports families with clothing and other necessary items.
Families of faith can also assist with healthy spiritual formation in children by giving them an opportunity to be physically, emotionally and socially healthy, on target intellectually and to be morally and spiritually healthy.
How is your family community being called to help? Learn more about KVC Families of Faith.