Here's another plug for Bethany Christian Services based upon information from an organization representative who gave a presentation last night at our church.
Although we have supported them for years, I mistakenly thought that they were just a local organization and were only about adoption. Boy, was I wrong.
Here's a link to their website which shows their national and international influence. https://www.bethany.org/
The speaker spend a lot of time talking about their services other than adoption. For instance, they place kids in crisis situations (parents going to jail or into hospital, abuse cases, etc.) in host homes (usually short term although the stay could be up to six months). The hosts don't receive any stipend and offer their services totally free. And Bethany partners with DCS to find short term homes for these kids...sometimes on only a few hours' notice.
She also mentioned the focus on keeping families intact. In places such as Haiti, that might involve supporting disaster relief. Other places where AIDS is rampant, it might involve financial support to help provide medications.
She almost mentioned that (ballpark figure) around 80% of birth mothers whom they help decide to keep their kids. And many don't know a lot of the basics of parenting, such as proper nutrition, so the agency's contact with them helps to give them the tools they need to become good parents.
One case she mentioned involved a dad whose wife had left him with two small kids. The dad was doing his best, but the household was a complete disorganized mess. When DCS did a welfare check, rather than taking the kids away, they contacted Bethany. Bethany contacted a church(es) whose members went out and helped clean up the house and get things organized and gave support that they dad needed (he was also depressed due to his wife's leaving). The upshot is that the situation was stabilized and the family remained intact, happy and healthy. And Bethany played a bit part in that.
Although our church and we as a couple have supported them in the past, I'm going to increase my support. They operate with a very small support staff who cover a tremendous amount of territory (one or two people serving hundreds of thousands of residents).