Mission: To develop and restore strong connected families through three primary programs: restorative, development and specialized services. See attachment of program accomplishments.
Programs: Safe generations- sg (restorative services): safe generations restorative staff engages in numerous ways to intervene in family crises for the purpose of restoring hope, skills and relationships in hurting families. Through counseling, therapy and unique partnerships with families the cg staff served approximately 195 families in fairly intensive manners during 2014. Rs services are offered on a "suggested donation" basis, or at an hourly rate through various counties or through contract coverage with blue cross blue shield of minnesota and preferred one. Sg staff also offer training for child welfare professionals across north america. The training focuses on a rigorous, but grace-filled method of working with families in crisis called "signs of safety" model. The team established ongoing training/consulting relationships with five counties. During 2014, the sg restorative staff completed 260 training days for over 2000 children's welfare professionals across the us and canada, impacting an estimated 60,000 families, representing over 180,000 children.
connected families- cf: (combined with restorative amounts) the goal of development services is to be proactive in equipping families with tools needed to stay strong and grow stronger. The primary activities related to cf was the mobilization of ministry staff to preach in the faith community, teach in the general community and train small group leaders to use the connected family curriculum. The ministry staff also presented 96 public biblically based presentations throughout the year in faith, community, and general community settings. These presentations were attended by approximately 5000 parents, representing approximately 8000 children. Cf has also developed an online social media presence that was a resource for 7500 followers, generating over 350,000 website users. This presence includes numerous free resources including daily encouragements, topical teaching, and video-casts. Cf staff also conducted coaching sessions, using the biblicly based coaching workbook for 97 clients on an average of 3 sessions each or a total of 328 coaching sessions with cf parent coaches.