South Jersey organization provides safe home for migrant children
CAMDEN- Center For Family Services, a human services nonprofit with more than 70 programs dedicated to helping children and families living in South Jersey, is also helping children who have crossed the southern border into to the United States by giving them a safe place to live and resources to reunify them with family.
“Our goal is keeping kids safe, regardless of the reasons,” says Jen Hammill, Center For Family Services’ Associate Vice President. “We believe children are best served when with their family. We can not control the circumstances in which a child may come to us, but we can and do provide a comforting home environment with professional trauma informed care and the resources that make family reunification possible.”
Comprehensive services include safe housing, guidance, support, and counseling. Center For Family Services takes a trauma informed approach which emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety of each child, while helping them to rebuild a sense of control.
“A main component of all of our services is family, that includes our program that offers a safe place for these children, most of whom have entered the country without a parent, to temporarily reside,” says Hammill. “Our number one priority of this program is the child and that includes reunifying them with family living which we have been successfully doing.”
The program is also tasked with recruiting shelter home parents who will make their homes available to other children crossing into the country while they await family reunification. Bi-lingual English/Spanish speaking families are in high demand to provide another safe option for these children.
“We are seeking kind and loving caregivers to become shelter home parents, opening their home to provide temporary, short-term care for a child or a sibling group. Shelter home parents can plan an important role in keeping sibling groups together while we work on a plan to reunite the children with their family.”
Center For Family Services is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better life through vision, hope and strength. It is their vision that all people lead capable, responsible, fulfilled lives in strong families and healthy communities.
For information about becoming a shelter home parent, click here.