Our church has always done a wonderful job of caring for those in need. From food to clothing to time to monetary resources, we always seem to step up. One program our church is involved in that you might not be aware of, however, is a system called Care Portal.
Care Portal is a technology networking platform administered by the 111 Project here in Tulsa, but is also a nationwide program. It was set up to aid the children who, through no fault of their own, have been brought into DHS custody. Through simple emails, it connects the needs of families in crisis in the DHS system with those people who are able and most willing to meet those needs. The families in crisis have to be making significant progress towards changing their situations for the betterment of the children involved in order to be put on the Care Portal site.
Here’s how it works: A case worker will send a need out to participating churches in the area (over 100 in Tulsa county!). The church sends the need out via email to those who have signed up to receive them, and if someone decides to meet the need, they can respond directly back to the case worker. The needs range anywhere from paying an overdue electric bill so a mom can get her kids back, providing bus passes so parents can make their visitations and court visits, donating a car seat to a foster family who has just received an infant, or even helping with groceries.
Our church is involved in mainly meeting physical needs right now, but the system is set up so that we can also get involved in mentoring these struggling families, becoming foster and adoptive families, helping take care of children at the DHS offices when they are removed from a home, and even helping adolescents as they age out of DHS custody.
If you would be willing to receive 5-8 emails a week or simply would like to just know more about Care Portal, please contact me, or check out CarePortal.org.
Posted on Fri, November 1, 2019
by Kim Hayes