At Lifeline Children’s Services, we are privileged to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. And what better time to do this than in times of crisis, when the vulnerable are at an even higher risk and fearful people need the hope of the gospel in their lives?
While the world is taking drastic and warranted measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, Lifeline is acting to do our part. Our staff is continuing to serve families, although it looks different than normal with our staff working from home.
The following resources are available to you as you may also be working from home, juggling education for your children, or processing how to follow God’s call on your life to adopt even in the middle of a pandemic.
1. Bridge Educational Services
Created for use in-home and online, this educational program was built to serve children that struggle with a working memory, visual or auditory processing, social skills, critical thinking or communicating. The plans are individualized for your child and include support from Lifeline’s Education Specialists. For more information, visit lifelinechild.org/bridge.
During this time, we are also offering Bridge Homebound Classes to help fill in the academic gaps your child may experience over the next few weeks. The time will be filled with instruction, activities and games to engage your student’s academic and cognitive executive functioning skills alongside a trained educator. Classes will be provided over Zoom and class size is limited. To learn more & register, visit lifelinechild.org/bridge-homebound-classes.
2. Parent Coaching
A service created for any parent who needs insight into their child’s behavior, Parent Coaching is available via web-based meetings and is specifically cultivated for you and your child. Each 45-60-minute session is based on Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI®) and provides parents with proven tools and techniques to use in building additional strengths in parenting skills. For more information, visit lifelinechild.org/coaching.
3. Mission Kid
Mission Kid is a free missions-focused video curriculum to teach your child about this year’s featured country: Liberia. The videos are short, entertaining, and will teach your child about the orphan crisis in Liberia and ways that he or she can get involved in making a difference. Now is a great time to share these videos and lessons with your children while you are at home. For more information, visit lifelinechild.org/missionkid.
4. $500 International Adoption Scholarship
God’s call to adopt is steadfast, even as COVID-19 is uncertain. At Lifeline, we want to help remove financial barriers to the adoption process. From now through April 12, Lifeline will waive the international adoption application fee. Through the generosity of our donors, Lifeline can offer $500 scholarships to qualified families that apply through one of our international programs. These scholarships are made possible in part by the Hope Adoption Fund. We continue to want to see children placed in loving, Christian homes and we hope this scholarship enables more families to welcome children home. To learn more and begin the adoption process, visit lifelinechild.org/scholarship.
5. Counseling Services
If you’re already a client of our counseling services, you know this arm of our ministry is continuing via web-based platforms. It may be that you’ve never met with a counselor before, but now, as your family is huddled together in one place for extended periods of time, you need some extra help. We’re pleased to be able to continue to offer our counseling services during this time of social distancing. For more information, visit lifelinechild.org/counseling.
As the world continues to process how COVID-19 will impact our individual lives and families, Lifeline is committed to our mission. And although we do not know the future, we place our trust in the One who holds the future. We know God has created a way for our ministry to reach the vulnerable of this world, and we are continuing to do so even as we face COVID-19.
To partner in this work with us, visit lifelinechild.org/donate. We need your support to ensure this ministry continues for years to come.