Helpful Links

As a person interested in ministry to high stress kids and families, here are some other sites you may be interested in exploring:

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
http://www.casaforchildren.org/

If you are looking for a way to make a difference in the life of just one child, consider becoming a CASA volunteer. If you are not aware of CASA, check out this site. As a CASA volunteer, you would be assigned to just one child who has been removed from his/her home due to parental actions (abuse, drugs, neglect). CASA volunteers assure that these kids do NOT fall through the cracks! Although a secular organization, CASA is certainly one way we can care for children - in Jesus' name! Find a CASA program in your community at this site.


Crisis Care Training International
http://www.crisiscaretraining.org/

CCTI is a global ministry of WEC International to children in crisis, founded in 2004 by Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn. DrKilbourn is a child advocate, trauma trainer and author/editor of a number of handbooks focused on interventions for children in crisis and has served in Liberia and Kenya with WEC International.

CCTI has produced a curriculum as a main training tool (www.crisiscaretraining.org/curriculum.html). When completed Offering Healing and Hope for Children in Crisis will be a multiple-module curriculum. Module 1, Trauma and Crisis Care (core module), Module 2,Street Children, and Module 3, Caring for orphans and Vulnerable Children are now being used in numerous countries. The next module will focus on refugees.

We strongly recommend everyone involved with Confident Kids, Kids Like Me! or any ministry to high stress kids, obtain and work through the core module, Hope for Children in Crisis. It will enrich your ministry considerably!


Celebrating Families! 
http://www.celebratingfamilies.net/

You may remember that the Kids Like Me! program is a Christian adaptation from this extensive family program we developed a number of years ago, and then gave away to NACoA in 2007. Although we do not own the copyright anymore, we are still very much connected to this highly effective program for families in early recovery – now being used by drug dependency courts, social services and other community agencies across the United States (and soon to be available in Germany). Exploring this site will give holders of the KLM curriculum better insight into the foundations of KLM, and a preview of what the expanded Kids Like Me! Family Edition will be like.

Center for Single Parent Family Ministry
http://www.spfm.org/

If you are looking for resources to deal with children of divorce and single parents, be sure to visit this site!


National Association for Children of Alcoholics
http://www.nacoa.net/

This secular site contains lots of helpful information for anyone who wants to learn more about children affected by adult alcohol and drug addiction. Be sure to check out the helpful section for Clergy and other Pastoral Ministers for information on how church staff can become better equipped to recognize and serve individuals and their families in their congregations and communities struggling with addiction. (And the better we serve the adults, the better we serve the children!)
 
 
Royal Family Kids
 
You may have heard about Royal Family Kids Camp in your church or community.  This organization ministers to children in foster care, and do an incredible job of changing lives.  Their main avenue of working with the kids is through summer camp programs and they are always looking for counselors.  However, they also have a year round program of Saturday Bible Clubs and a 1-1 mentoring program.  PLUS, they have a myriad of ways individuals can support these programs without being directly involved with the kids.  You can help put on special events, join the hospitality team to provide meals for RFKC functions, or be a prayer partner for a child or staff person while they are at camp.  If you, personally, have a heart for children who are living through some of the most difficult life situations of all - or your church or small group is looking for a highly effective outreach project - you can find a way to help keep the work of Royal Family Kids going.