I am so excited to share about Long Hollow’s Jonah’s Journey Ministry today! The JJ ministry has been around for some time, but just recently became an official part of Long Hollow. Through this ministry families are able to care for babies whose mother’s are currently incarcerated. We have seen families experience multiple time frames in regards to caring for the children. Babies have remained with their caregiver for 2 months, 6 months, a year and 7 of our babies have even been adopted!
Families considering the Jonah’s Journey Program often ask the following questions:
1. How often does the child visit the mother in prison?
Our caregiver families accompany the child on a prison visit every two weeks.
2. Does the State provide funding to caregiver families?
No, they do not. That’s the beauty of the program! We are keeping the babies out of State foster care and IN the church!
3. Is there help available for diapers and formula?
Yes! We keep a stock of these donations to help our families off-set the cost of an additional child. We also have clothing and baby items. You can also find support within your small group.
4. How does this program benefit the children/babies?
They are able to spend their first few months or year in the care of a loving Christian family. They experience Jesus before they can even understand who He is!
5. How quickly will a child be placed in my home?
It depends. We never know when a child will be born. Sometimes we receive multiple calls per week. Sometimes we receive one per month. Either way, when you become a JJ waiting family, you have to be ready for anything!
6. What do I have to do to become a waiting Jonah’s Journey family?
We offer training through Safe Families once every two months. Please contact Erica.email@example.com if you are interested in attending training. In addition you will complete a short home study. We do accept families who do not attend Long Hollow, however they must attend another church and provide a letter of reference from their home church.
7. What can I do if I can’t currently host a child in my home?
Support the families who can! Donate diapers and formula, donate gift cards, pray for a specific family or child. You can also be trained to provide respite care for JJ children. Respite care involves hosting the child in your home for a night or even a week while the caregivers take a short break.
We currently need several families to become Jonah’s Journey Waiting families. We also need donations and respite care families. If you are interested in this program, or simply want to hear more please contact us!