Last week's email focused on how foster families are part of anti-trafficking efforts. This week we're highlighting Skookum KIds, another local organization helping to provide critical support for children entering or transitioning into foster care.
What is Skookum Kids and what do they do? The Skookum Kids website says, "We face a modern orphan crisis. Pressed for time, social workers rush to pair traumatized children with over-taxed foster families. The huge burden of foster care is shouldered by a small group of heroic families. It often becomes too heavy, and children are displaced again. The average foster child is moved 3 times. This culture of shortage and instability has a devastating effect. Foster children are two times more likely to suffer from PTSD than veterans returning from a warzone.
With 400,000 foster children now in care, the time has come for a thoughtful, sustainable solution to this complex problem. This is Skookum Kids."
Skookum House is one way Skookum Kids serves children in crisis. The Skookum Kids website says, "Our first initiative is to create a volunteer-staffed facility to care for children entering or transitioning into foster care. With the children safe in our care during their first week of foster care, we buy critical time for caseworkers to find the right long-term placement. Our hope is that no child from our community would ever be placed in haste."
A second effort of this organization is Skookum Parents. "In our second program, we recruit, train, and conduct home-studies for families hoping to become foster parents with an eye toward alleviating our community's acute shortage of respite care providers," says the Skookum KIds website.
Caring for kids, particularly vulnerable ones, is a basic anti-trafficking strategy. Thank you, Skookum Kids, for showing God's love to these precious children.
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Upcoming training opportunity for teachers and other adults that work with young people
What: Presented by the Skagit County CSEC Task Force, this free 3-hour training will provide the foundation for the what, who, how, and why of commercial sexual exploitation of children and ways to respond. Participants will leave understanding current relevant state and federal law, will practice and consider approaches to supporting these youth, and will be provided with a list of some community resources.
When: June 16, 2017 - Noon to 3pm
Where: Skagit Valley Co-Op, 202 South 1st St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 - Room 309
Sign Up Link: Click HERE
When: August 18, 2017 - Noon to 3pm
Where: Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington, WA 98233
Sign Up Link: Click HERE
Note: A mid-April training filled shortly after becoming available. It is recommended that you reserve your seat at the June or August training now!
HOPE4JUSTICE PUBLIC MEETING: 4/18/17
Come to find out exactly how you can help anti-trafficking efforts in the education, government, or law enforcement sector of Whatcom County
What: We'll be developing specific plans of action
When: 7-8:30 pm on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Where: Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. (From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)
HAPPENINGS IN WHATCOM COUNTY Engedi Refuge Ministries will be showing the video Nefarious: Merchant of Souls at Hillcrest Chapel, 1400 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225 on Friday evening, May 19th. A question/answer period will follow (More details to come in future emails.)