What is Project Prevention?
Project Prevention is a ministry of the Arkansas Dream Center which partners with the Department of Human Services to aid families with open cases solely based on the inability to provide basic needs to their family due to poverty. [Having an “open case” with DHS means that the family is at-risk of losing their children to foster care.]
Why We Exist
- There are about 3,500 kids in foster care in the state of Arkansas
- Of those, about 700 are in Pulaski County – and in any given year on average around 1,100 kids come through the foster care system in Pulaski Country alone.
- More than half of the children in foster care have written documentation from their social worker that their basic needs were not being met [poverty]. (www.spotlightonpoverty.org)
- Children raised in poverty are 46 times more likely to be put into foster care (www.spotlightonpoverty.org)
Project Prevention aims to send teams to go out weekly to deliver food, baby supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, furniture, beds and other necessities to families that have been referred to us by DHS case workers. More importantly than the provision of supplies, we desire to build lasting relationships with these families to provide a support for them through trying seasons. Through consistency in their lives, prayer for the family, and a sense of adoption among the volunteers we believe these families can be saved. It is our belief that no child should be taken away from loving parents because of poverty. Our goal is to help these families make life-long changes and literally change the destiny of their family.
Ways You Can Help
- Volunteers to families
- Market for donations with local businesses, grocers, and suppliers
- Picking up donations, such as furniture, and bulk supplies
- Liaison to communicate to/from DHS Case Workers and Project Prevention volunteers
- Family follow-up teams
- Administration in tracking families, needs, updating data base, and coordinating volunteers
Want more information or to get involved? Contact Kristen Fagaly