Open Hearts, Open Homes
Supporting people serving in Safe Families, foster care, and adoption
as well as those who are considering any of these three areas of service.
Informational, emotional, and tangible support for families and children.
It is our honor to champion organizations that support individuals and families in their adoption or foster care journey.
The Ruth Project
Abundantly loving foster children, providing relief to families, & restoring dignity to every child
“The Ruth Project is a non-profit organization based in Elgin, IL on a mission to end the modern-day orphan crisis. Through donations and volunteering, they abundantly provide resources to foster and adoptive families, setting them up for long-term success.” Get involved at the Ruth Project Boutique (childcare, cleaning, making casseroles to give to foster families, tagging clothing, etc.) or the Ruth Project Farm (landscaping, greenhouse work, animal care, special events volunteers)
The Forgotten Initiative
People everywhere supporting the foster care community & experiencing Jesus together.
“Through The Forgotten Initiative, agency workers directly interact with foster parents, vulnerable adults, and children in foster care. Navigating each unique case brings challenges, including long, emotionally draining hours, never-ending paperwork, and limited resources. Agencies need encouragement and additional support as they step into the lives of others.” Get involved by writing encouraging notes and filling gift bags for caseworkers, collecting items for Journey Bags, meeting tangible needs for vulnerable families and children, and more.
Safe Families for Children
Rethinking Foster Care
“Safe Families for Children seeks to keep children safe and families together. Safe Families for Children is rooted in faith, fueled by radical hospitality, disruptive generosity, and intentional compassion, to build a network of caring and compassionate volunteers to support families facing social isolation. Our goals are to prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system, and support and stabilize families.” Get involved today a be a host family, be a family friend/mentor, become a volunteer family coach, be a resource friend, or make a donation (diapers, gift cards, etc.)
Evangelical Child & Family Agency
Affirming life, building families, healing relationships, & restoring families
“Evangelical Child & Family Agency offers compassionate and Christ-centered services to children, families, and individuals through adoption, pregnancy support services, counseling, and intact family services.” Get involved by helping with administrative office work, delivering supplies, being a mentor mom, hosting a baby shower, and so much more.
We build community and support one another in Safe Families, Foster Care, and Adoption. We do this by:
Mobilizing Village Church
Building relationships that create a community of understanding and grace.
Bringing the church and community together, mobilizing volunteers to care for children in short-term crisis before things get worse. Radical Hospitality, disruptive generosity, intentional compassion.
Being the hands and feet of Jesus by opening our homes to at-risk youth who have been placed by Department of Children and Family Services in an overrun system.