Our world is full of broken relationships and trauma. These deep family wounds, especially when experienced in childhood, become the number one cause of all other social issues we face (homelessness, teen suicide, incarcerations, etc.).
The church is uniquely positioned to make an impact in the lives of vulnerable kids and struggling families yet less than 1% of Sacramento Area churches currently provide resources for this population. We understand the issue is complex and widespread and those stepping up will need the right training to succeed.
This curriculum is designed to help church leaders and ministry teams understand the current issues kids and families face and how to provide ongoing resources to their congregation and surrounding community. The following 5 training modules are taught in 2 90-minute coaching sessions and our team of experts will walk you through the process of creating a church culture that supports families and vulnerable kids.
The Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a unique intervention model created by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, founders of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. Based on more than a decade of research and hands on work with vulnerable children and their families, TBRI is an in-depth training for parents of children with trauma based behavioral issues. Defending the Cause works with TBRI practitioners to offer this 24-hour course several times per year. To learn more and sign up for upcoming workshops click the link below.
Every child deserves to grow up in a family that loves them and strong communities are built on stable families. Unfortunately, in our culture the rates of divorce and fatherlessness keep rising and many kids are left without safe, loving adults to help them reach their full potential.
Come explore the current needs and local statistics of kids and families in the Greater Sacramento region, the call God places on his people to care for the brokenhearted, and 20 different ways you, your family, your small group or your church can get involved & make a difference.
60-minute course for church staff members
2-hour class for the entire congregation
Children who have been adopted or are currently in the foster care system come with a unique trauma history that often causes them to respond differently to new people or situations. Caregivers become attuned to those needs but find it challenging to leave their kids with well intended but untrained individuals.
This 90-minute workshop, designed for childcare volunteers and church staff members, covers the basics of trauma and tools to allow foster and adopted children to feel safe and succeed in a childcare setting.
Have you ever considered opening your home a child in need of a family but not known where to start? The world of foster care and adoption is ever changing and often complicated.
In this 2-hour workshop we’ll cover the requirements, approval process, timeline and cost of foster care, foster-adoption, private adoption, international adoption and even embryo adoption. It doesn’t take perfect parents to provide a safe, loving home to children in need…just willing ones. Do you have what it takes?
In the world of foster care and adoption, many families welcome children of different races and ethnicities. Multiracial families face unique challenges in the community and at home that need to be addressed in order to promote healing for kids from trauma. In this workshop, we’ll look at race from a systemic and historical vantage point and address the role healthy race relations has in raising children of a different ethnicity. We’ll also lay out practical steps to take in bringing reconciliation home.