Host families

A family for a while.

 

Rosebud Exchange Program

The primary goal of the exchange program is to further the progress of the gospel by showing individuals the difference between the wide path leading to destruction and the narrow gate into eternal life. This is done by bringing teenagers from the reservation to Central Iowa, engaging them in the life of Cornerstone Church where they will get the opportunity to get to know their Creator in a personal way. As students get to know God in Central Iowa, Cornerstone will also engage their family members on the reservation. It is our hope that this will soon lead to the creation of a church body on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

Furthermore, the program seeks to offer each Rosebud student the chance to significantly enhance their education. There is a long term intrinsic benefit to the student, their extended family, and ultimately for the entire Rosebud community if the level of education can be improved. As the exchange program continues to grow in number of participants, we are seeking to connect more Cornerstone families to more Rosebud families.

For more information, please check out the host family guide and/or contact Quinlan at Riser.Quinlan@principal.com.

"Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.” - Matthew 7:13-14

What is Safe Families?

Simply put, Safe Families is an organization that trains and supports host families and works with birth families to voluntarily place children in host homes at points of crisis - thus helping families before abuse or neglect occurs and before a child would need to enter the foster system.

From a systems perspective, we love the idea of children entering care before abuse occurs. The statistics behind the program are also very encouraging. The average length of stay is only 40 days, 95% of children placed are reunified with parents, and 74% of the children are 5 years or younger.

From a relationship perspective, the voluntary nature of the program also lends itself well to positive birth family and host family relationships. This is a support that is offered to parents rather than a mandate. Often, these families end up in such a situation because they are isolated, so this is a chance for the church to practice hospitality and be that community.

What is the process to become a Safe Family?

Already Foster Licensed

  • Online Application (30-60 min)

  • Online Training (3 hrs)

  • Submit Copy of Foster License

  • Ongoing check-ins and voluntary training

Normal Process

  • Online Application (30-60 min)

  • Home Study

  • Online Training (3 hrs)

  • Ongoing check-ins and voluntary training