FAQ

FAQ

FAQ

Churches

CarePortal serves any child in crisis. Jesus cast the widest net of love, tearing down cultural biases and promoting radical, personal generosity and concern for those in need. With that example, CarePortal brings together diverse constituents – government agencies, churches, businesses, schools, and other ministries – to support children and families in crisis regardless of race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, political leanings, etc. If we find any of our partners are discriminating against the children and families they meant to unconditionally serve, they will be removed from the network

No, a caseworker cannot accept cash or gift cards. The caseworker has been encouraged to connect the family directly with the church leader should they have a monetary need.

By joining the CarePortal network, you gain access to real-time needs and a community of churches working together with a common goal. You will have training and support along the way through your local representatives on the ground and from the CarePortal ministry support team. In order to provide you with these, your financial participation is necessary. The organization implementing CarePortal (Implementing Partner) in your community will inform you the best way to partner financially to sustain the work.

CarePortal is a local church empowerment platform: it exists to mobilize Bible-believing Christian churches to care for vulnerable children and families in their own communities, stimulating life-changing relational connections in the process. The example and teachings of Jesus fuel everything we do. At the same time, CarePortal also brings together diverse constituents – government agencies, businesses, schools, and other faith-based ministries – to accomplish a common mission of caring for children together. There is a place at the table for everyone.

Yes, directly through a response to a request. The intent of CarePortal is for child-serving agencies to notify the Church about needs. Then the Church has a chance to respond.

Yes, each request comes with a link to “See Churches” that received the initial request. This allows you direct access to other churches in order to partner together. You can also access a group of churches in your Active Community, meaning the churches geographically nearest your church by hitting the “Send a message” button under the “Need help meeting this request?” section of the request email.

No, the email will have contact information and details for the requesting caseworker to connect directly to the responder to meet the need in a way that works for both of them.

Yes, once the need is met, the requesting caseworker will close the request and all relevant churches will be notified. In the meantime, when you click “Respond” on a request, it will show you all previous responses from other churches (if any) so that you can be aware of what has already transpired.

Agencies

CarePortal serves any child in crisis. Jesus cast the widest net of love, tearing down cultural biases and promoting radical, personal generosity and concern for those in need. With that example, CarePortal brings together diverse constituents – government agencies, churches, businesses, schools, and other ministries – to support children and families in crisis regardless of race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, political leanings, etc. If we find any of our partners are discriminating against the children and families they meant to unconditionally serve, they will be removed from the network

The primary consideration is relevance to the spectrum of child welfare we present to our church network (Prevention, Foster Care, Adoption, Aging out Youth). Our role is to connect churches to local child welfare needs, and to prevent them from being bombarded with needs not relevant to this work. This is the currency of trust we bring to the network. The second consideration is ‘supply and demand.’ We cannot have more requests being posted than the number of responding churches can handle. The third is protecting the purpose statements. There are 10 purpose statements that guide what types of requests can be submitted. If your agency is a child serving agency that has needs specific to coming alongside children in crisis, these three considerations will likely fit for you.

If a church member responds, the caseworker and/or agency rep will receive an email of notification and next steps.

As the caseworker or requesting partner you are able to specify a time frame ranging from 24 hours to 7-10 days. CarePortal is dependent on church leaders responding as soon as they can, and requesting partners doing the same.

If a church member responds, the caseworker and/or agency rep will receive an email of notification and next steps.

It varies by the level of urgency established when posted. It is up to the caseworker to close the request as soon as the need is met. For a ‘normal’ need (within 7-10 days), you will receive a reminder to close 14 days after posting and again at 28 days. For a high need, you will receive a reminder to close 10 days after posting and again at 20 days. For an emergency (within 24 hours), you will receive a reminder to close 7 days after posting and again at 14 days.

ONLY non-confidential information should be shared on CarePortal. No names or addresses. A detailed description of the need along with age and genders of children impacted is typically what is shared via CarePortal requests.

No, a caseworker cannot accept cash or gift cards. The caseworker has been encouraged to connect the family directly with the church leader should they have a monetary need.

The requesting partner can engage the church that has first responded, and/or the most helpful response. When the need is met, the worker closes the request and an email goes out to all the originally engaged churches.

The requesting partner can engage the church that has first responded, and/or the most helpful response. When the need is met, the worker closes the request and an email goes out to all the originally engaged churches.

There are three posting options for requesting agency partners to select from that determine the process for their internal team on who makes requests. Options range from every caseworker on the staff to one specialized individual. On the church side, each church designates a ‘point person’ who receives the CarePortal requests directly and distributes them to potential responders.

Only verified e-mail addresses connected to our partner agencies have access to submit a request. They must select their name from a dropdown menu (or add it with an approved address). Once a request is submitted, it is funneled internally in the agency for approval before it is sent on to churches.

CarePortal is intended to open lines of communication. The outcomes are up to the church ministry leaders to follow up with their responders and the caseworkers to respond back in a timely fashion. However, we do have volunteer coordinators lined up to assist the church to get as many needs met as possible.

Any needs submitted must fit one of the ten purpose statements to accomplish a case plan goal for children and families in crisis. CarePortal has three “tiers” of categories of needs.

  • Tier 1 – concrete goods and services. Examples: crib, clothing, professional services like exterminator, finances
  • Tier 2 – engagement requiring a background check. Examples: tutoring, mentoring, substance abuse classes, supervised visit facilities, transportation for adults, babysitting
  • Tier 3 – engagement requiring specialized training or a license. Examples: Safe Families, foster care, adoption

Tier 2 and Tier 3 typically launch in a county after Tier 1 has been running successfully for a certain amount of time. A church would have to be approved to become a Tier 2 or Tier 3 official church, recruiting and vetting responders for those types of needs.

CarePortal is a local church empowerment platform: it exists to mobilize Bible-believing Christian churches to care for vulnerable children and families in their own communities, stimulating life-changing relational connections in the process. The example and teachings of Jesus fuel everything we do. At the same time, CarePortal also brings together diverse constituents – government agencies, businesses, schools, and other faith-based ministries – to accomplish a common mission of caring for children together. There is a place at the table for everyone.