WHO WE ARE
Building Families is dedicated to serving God by providing trauma-informed services to children and families.
In the last 96 years, we have helped about 20,000 children and parents – regardless of their background or beliefs. We serve kids in families and communities, versus institutional settings, believing that God established the family as the best place for children to grow and develop.
As a Christian, faith-based agency, we integrate the principles that Jesus taught in word and action into our day-to-day work and decision-making. By doing this, we commit to caring for each other, learning and growing together, creating a climate for personal, professional and spiritual growth, and demonstrating love to all whom we serve. The agency’s Statement of Faith provides the biblical context and foundation from which we work – staff, volunteers, and Board of Trustees.
The focus of our help, primarily, is on the family unit rather than the individual child or any one family member. We believe that the best opportunity for long-term healing, growth, and development occurs in the context of the family. When an individual’s family is not involved or accessible, we strive to create a family-like environment for that individual. Each family’s perspective is important to elicit as each family is unique.
We share our time, skills and resources in strengthening communities to care for one another, especially for those most vulnerable. We believe that supportive, thriving communities build strong families. We mobilize and draw on formal and informal community resources to help meet needs. The church is a vital community partner of ours in achieving our mission.
We get to know each other in strengths and positive attributes (i.e., values, beliefs, goals, dreams, etc.) and connect our strengths to life’s challenges that each person may realize their gifts and purpose. The negative situations, circumstances and experiences of others are often seen as weaknesses, but we believe that it is in our brokenness we come to know and trust others, and ultimately to trust God.
We strive for service delivery that improves a family’s access to services across programs in a way that anticipates family needs and empowers self-sufficiency. We make sure that our programs do not operate in isolation but instead work together, internally and within our strong community networks, to empower the family towards stability.
We recognize the value of all that God has entrusted us with and work diligently to use our resources wisely and in ways that glorify Him. Therefore, we are committed to accountability and sustainability in our day-to-day operations. This applies to our financial and human resources, and to the lives of those we serve.
Building Families is accreddited through the Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence, established to promote the highest standards of ethics, effectiveness, and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations. We are proud to be associated with each of the following groups.