What does Child Bridge do?
Child Bridge finds and equips foster and adoptive families for Montana children in need.
Why is child bridge needed?
Child Bridge effectively utilizes a faith based model to provide homes and families for children in need. Child Bridge works to create awareness regarding the need for families to care for children. The system is complex...Child Bridge strives to bridge the gap between churches, communities and government to serve children and families in communicative, effective and efficient ways.
Are you an adoption or placement agency?
No. Child Bridge is neither an adoption nor a placement agency. Child Bridge is a ministry. Our partners such as the State of Montana, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, Intermountain, Partnership for Children, Youth Homes, etc., are the agencies who do the actual placing of children in families. You can think of Child Bridge as a partner who walks alongside the parents during their foster/adoptive journey and serves as a bridge between the church community, government and other child welfare and mental health providers.
how are you funded?
Child Bridge is a faith based, non-profit (501c3) organization that operates via private donors, family foundations, grants and modest church support. Most of our donors are individuals and organizations who see value in our spiritually focused objective of “caring for the least of these.” To date, we have received no fee for services, nor any government funding.
Does Child Bridge charge families for your services and supports?
No. We do not want money to be a barrier for parents wanting to foster or adopt, or those who are in need of services and supports. We believe that the Body of Christ can provide the best child welfare system for kids in crisis and we are Biblically mandated to care for one another.
Do you find children for families?
We like to turn this notion upside down! Child Bridge operates from the vision that we find families for children. In our family recruiting model, we seek families who want a child to have a family...not families who want to have a child! There is a fundamental difference in this approach, as we work with families to help everyone understand this is a missional calling and focused on the needs of the children.
Do you convert children to Christianity?
Child evangelism is not the focus of Child Bridge. The goal of Child Bridge is to recruit and support families who can provide for every child...whether it be to offer a temporary safe haven, or life-long permanency. Child Bridge does not practice conversion, and maintains a diligent focus on provision and healthy, healing relationships for each child within a secure home.
Do I have to be a Christian to work with Child Bridge?
No. While Child Bridge is a faith-based organization, being a member of any faith is not one of our criteria. Our charter states that we “serve people of all faiths, and no faith.” If you have a heart for this calling and you feel a desire to help a child in need, Child Bridge will work diligently with you, and for you, to create safety and security for a child.
What resources are available through Child Bridge?
Child Bridge offers varying resources and supports to families, including access to our monthly Foster/Adoptive Parent Resource Groups. Additionally we are able to assist families throughout all stages of the foster/adoptive journey. We can offer suggestions and provide introductions to government partners, community services and child welfare and mental health providers. Churches who embrace Child Bridge as their Domestic Orphan Ministry are also able to provide supports to Child Bridge families. Prayer is provided to all families and children and Child Bridge offers a confidential prayer team in each city to pray for family and children needs as requested. Additionally, Child Bridge is able to provide some assistance to families in the form of items such as fire extinguishers, gift cards, dining out cards, and a limited ability to assist families with a modest stipend for basic needs when the family receives a placement. Caring for children from “hard places” often takes a team effort. Child Bridge believes strongly that families must avoid isolation which can lead to disruption. Supports and resources at all levels are critical...and we can guide you to those critical links.
Does Child Bridge provide training and licensing?
Child Bridge is not a licensing agency. However, Child Bridge works closely with training and licensing agencies and can offer training suggestions that will fit your needs and interests best. We can often provide you with dates, locations, etc., to connect you with the most appropriate training and licensing events. When you attend Child Bridge Resource Groups monthly, those groups are certified by the State of Montana for 2 hours of licensing renewal credits.
How can my church become involved with Child Bridge?
Call us and let’s talk! We can work with you at a variety of levels, including sharing the need for foster/adoptive families and hosting more in-depth informational sessions that share with your congregation more about the foster/adoptive journey. We can also assist you in creating a domestic orphan ministry focus in your church, which could include a lay volunteer being your Child Bridge ministry coordinator, and the opportunity to work with your church ministries to show how to utilize the natural infrastructure of your church to serve children in need.
I can’t foster or adopt...but how can I help families, kids or Child Bridge?
Child Bridge recognizes that Foster/Adoptive Parenting is a calling, and that not all families are called upon to provide a home for a child. So what can someone do who can’t foster or adopt? Wrap their arms around those who wrap their arms the children…the opportunities are limitless! Contact us for a list of ideas! And, please consider supporting Child Bridge financially. There are several ways you can help, and we’d welcome the opportunity to discuss financial needs and the efficiency of the ministry. Please consider becoming a monthly donor, making a one-time donation of any amount, make an annual donation, or create a legacy gift. If you wish to support us financially you can do so online at http://www.childbridgemontana.org/donate.html, or contact us by mail at Child Bridge P.O. Box 310 Bigfork, MT 59911