Serving Every Child: The GridRich Stigall
CarePortal identifies needs of children and families through a tool we call “The Grid”. Churches, organizations, and individuals can serve anywhere on a spectrum of needs, from providing a one-time resource to fostering children in their own homes.
Foundationally, The Grid shows churches the spectrum of needs that vulnerable children and families experience in their community and around the world. As you navigate this tool, you span the gamut of every type of involvement from monetary to relational, from one-time to long-term, from prevention to transition. There is opportunity for all of us to connect and care.
But as you dig deeper, you realize what The Grid really does: reveal systemic issues of justice.
The child welfare system touches every justice issue you could imagine. The crossover of poverty, human trafficking, incarceration, racism, etc. is significant. The kids you find in this space reveal these numerous systemic problems. In caring for that child, you are given an opportunity to be a voice for justice. Child welfare is not just foster care.
Why Does This Matter to Your Church?
Why does this matter? Because it means your church has a vested interest. We serve a God who calls us to seek justice, defend the oppressed, and take up the cause of the fatherless and the widow (Is. 1:17). Of all the numerous causes your church is called to step into, you can find it on The Grid represented in a child.
- Is your congregation vigilant about ending human trafficking? National Foster Youth Institute estimates, ‘60% of all child sex trafficking victims have histories in the child welfare system”.
- Is your congregation looking for practical ways to be a part of poverty alleviation in your community? Connect with a struggling, single dad in need of help with an apartment deposit.
- Does your church have a powerful voice to advocate for those who are racially oppressed? Engage with the systemic issues that cause these injustices in the child welfare system that are affecting children in your community.
Engaging in child welfare opens the door to the deeper issues of systemic injustice, and the Grid provides a window to see the opportunities to affect real change.
There are so many ways to get involved, whether it be signing up your church for CarePortal, supporting a community as an individual or business, or learning more about the foster care system in your county.
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