The 9 Purpose Statements of CarePortalGO Project
CarePortal has served more than 45,000 child needs across 20 states and generated more than $16mm in economic impact since its launch in 2015.
They are so many needs and opportunities to serve within the child welfare system. But what does “serve” mean? What difference do these requests — for things like beds, bus passes, clothes, cleaning supplies and class fees — make for these children and their families? Every single time a church or individual responds to a request on behalf of a child in their community, it accomplishes one of the 9 purposes below.
In the coming weeks, we’re going to break down each of these purpose statements, and share stories of the requests this caring community has responded to and the role they play. We hope you’ll follow along, both to learn and to share with others how little moments can make a transformative difference in the life of a child in your own neighborhood.
2. Help prevent a child from entering foster care
Keeping kids in their biological families and from entering foster care means maintaining a sense of safety and comfort for the children. It means having to deal with one less change and bit of chaos in their life. Something as simple as a bed can keep children in a home with their loved ones.
A single mother with an 18 month-old boy needed a toddler bed and bedding provided for her son due to financial need. The child was sleeping on the couch until a request was submitted through CarePortal.
“This kindness and charity will allow a young child to sleep in a safe and comfortable environment. The family and I are very grateful. Thank you so much.”
1. Help strengthen a biological family
This proves to be an incredible opportunity to provide hope, peace and comfort to a biological family. Many families face difficult times in their life and need support: whether that be financially, emotionally, etc. It is good to know you have a community of caring individuals behind you that are willing and able to help strengthen your family and keep it together. Here is an example of what began as an incredibly disheartening situation for a family working very hard to make ends meet, turned into a beautiful chance for strangers to walk alongside each other and carry that burden together.
After mom and dad lost their jobs unexpectedly, a request was submitted to CarePortal for help paying the rent in the interim.
“Meeting this need prevented a family from having to go through the eviction process in the legal system and potentially becoming homeless as a result. I cannot express enough appreciation to Restore Church for stepping up and meeting this need! You truly did restore this family’s sense of safety and security.”
Serve at-risk children and families in your own community.