New preventative program partners with Family Services to target child neglect and abuse even before it occurs.
Family Services Diversion and Prevention Specialists now send some referrals to Bethany Christian Services (BCS). This program assists families who are in need of a safe place for their children to stay during a time of crisis. Bethany Christian Services provides each family unit with support services and respite care in order to prevent child neglect or abuse and consequential involvement of Child Protective Services. Currently, 10 “Safe Families” have been screened and four children have been accepted. Ten more families await openings. Informational presentations regarding BCS are scheduled at hospitals, homeless shelters and crisis pregnancy centers with community providers.