Family Meeting

Family Meeting By Irene Kim, Safe Families for Children Host Family Late last month, my husband and I were told by Safe Families workers that they would be holding a “Family Meeting” where everyone involved in our case would come together. Everyone? Well this...

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Church Hosts Shower for Newly Approved Volunteer Host Family

Last weekend Ellicott City Assembly of God had a shower for our newly approved volunteer host family, Jenn and Andy Williams! What an amazing way to celebrate and support these parents as they open up their home to provide a temporary, safe place for kids whose...

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Seek First to Understand

“The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive.” Proverbs 16:21 Let’s all think about this powerful proverb for a minute.  Let’s ask ourselves if we are seekers of understanding.  Let’s examine what we do when we find ourselves in...

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Blanca’s Story of Giving Back

Blanca’s Story of Giving Back

In 2015, Building Families for Children accepted the lead agency role in a collaborative, community mobilizing initiative in Patterson Park called the Community of Hope (COH).  Blanca, a resident of Patterson Park for 10 years, was inspired by the initiative to work...

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Mo’s Story of Resilience

After escaping a sex trafficking ring, Mo, a single mother was in need of support so she could be the mom God intended her to be for her daughter.  Safe Families for Children (SFFC) provided a safety net to help stabilize her family, and each time she was faced with...

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Alexis’ Story of Healing and Hope

After completing treatment at a Group Home for victims of child sex trafficking, 15-year-old Alexis was placed with Melonie, one of our CHOSEN therapeutic foster families.  Melonie had a personal interest in working with youth who have survived sex trafficking so it...

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New Vision Statement

New Vision Statement

"A safe, nurturing home for every child." Debbie Marini, Executive Director Every child should enjoy a home that is safe and nurturing.  This past year, we introduced a new model into our work called Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI).  From this approach we...

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Top 10 Highlights of 2016

1. 8 of 10 High School Seniors in our Foster Care Program Graduated Half of all foster kids nationwide drop out before graduation, but 8 of our 10 high school seniors graduated in 2016. This makes them more likely to get a job, escape poverty, and enjoy a long,...

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Living Out His Great Commandment

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-38 Jevon is the mother of two...

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Unwrapping Love

Unwrapping Love

Each year, we collect Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas gifts for families in need. We are grateful to be able to touch the hearts of so many families across the state of Maryland through this effort.  Following is a story of how holiday giving impacted one family....

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Using TBRI to Help Kids Get Back on Track

Using TBRI to Help Kids Get Back on Track

Did you know that kids who have been in foster care are less likely to graduate high school and more likely to be incarcerated, experience homelessness, and have their own children taken into foster care? Since our founding nearly 100 years ago, Building Families has...

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Community of Hope Block Cleanup

Community of Hope Block Cleanup

Patterson Park Community of Hope (COH) is a collaborative, community effort in its beginning stages that envisions: “… a place where all children are safe and have the support they need from the adults in their lives to grow up healthy and succeed.” To date we have...

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One of the Many Ways SFFC has Strengthened our Family

One of the Many Ways SFFC has Strengthened our Family

By Suzanne R. Schlattman, MSW, MPH  When our third child was born, our adjustment as parents and siblings was a breeze--thanks in large part to our involvement in Safe Families. The normal parental concerns and anxieties of having "enough" to support a growing family...

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Mother’s Day at Ma’s

Mother’s Day at Ma’s

CATONSVILLE, Md.—Every Mother’s Day, Robin Reynolds receives cards, calls and texts from many of the 14 children whom she has been a foster mom to during the past 14 years. “They say ‘Love you, Ma,’” said Robin with a smile. “I say, ‘I love you, too.’” Whether sold...

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Coaches to Kids from Hard Places

Coaches to Kids from Hard Places

COLUMBIA, Md.—Our foster parents are taught to be “coaches, not wardens,” so that they can effectively work with the at-risk children who we place in their care. They should also realize that foster children, after years of abuse and neglect, suffer from...

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Serving Together as a Family

COLUMBIA, Md.—Becky and Bryant believe that they and their two boys are simply following the teachings of Jesus by caring for at-risk children. And to their surprise and delight, their sons, ages 3 and 5, already seem to understand and believe in the basic principle...

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A Noteworthy Season

A Noteworthy Season

COLUMBIA, Md.—The spring season and upcoming celebration of Mother’s Day are special to us at Building Families for Children. Mother’s Day is on May 8, 2016! May is also National Foster Care Month. These special events remind us of the Lord’s grace and blessings that...

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“If They Say Stop, Stop”

At Building Families for Children, we know that children can get hurt and in trouble if they don’t listen to those in authority, particularly during a potentially dangerous situation. So we reached out to Courtney Wiggins-Lloyd, a straight-talking social worker on a...

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A Young Man’s Long Road Leads to the U.S. Marines

A Young Man’s Long Road Leads to the U.S. Marines

By the time AJ was referred to us, it was clear that this teenage boy faced difficulty trusting anyone. AJ’s biological parents abandoned him when he was two. An aunt and uncle gave him up when he was seven. Over the next nine years, he bounced in and out of a dozen...

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*To protect the privacy of the people mentioned in these stories, the names have been changed and photos do not depict actual individuals.