VICTIMS BECOME SURVIVORS WITH OUR HELP
Every life matters at Forgotten Children, Inc. We are here to assist you transition from a life of pain and hopelessness to one of healing and restoration. Our programs help you achieve healing. We offer the following programs and services to victims of human trafficking and to those who are sexually exploited.
DROP-IN AND RESOURCE CENTER
Drop-in and Resource Centers are a division of FCI. The goal of each center is to provide victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation alternative options while teaching them how to become self-sufficient and independent.
Our Drop-in and Resource Centers are a safe place where women who are victims of sexual exploitation can come and receive resources and information regarding their physical, mental, and emotional needs. They are welcomed into an environment where they can relax, find comfort and feel safe.
We also provide hygiene products along with clothing, hot meals and resources for short-term shelter. Anyone with a desire to leave the “life” is provided with the resources necessary to assist with their decision. When necessary, the center provides transportation to relocation sites, or other appropriate services.
Drop-in and Resource Centers also provide a 180-Intervention program involving curriculum, sessions and electives designed to equip victims of sexual exploitation with the tools needed to address the psychological effects of coercion and to undo the negative influences of commercial sexual exploitation. Session electives include: Career Development, GED Assistance, Resume Writing, Communication Skills, and Job Search guidance. Participants are also offered, Healing Art Therapy and Personal Safety Education.
Training sessions and workshops to community based organizations, law enforcement agencies, churches, and community members are also offered at each location.
OUTREACH AND SUPPORT SERVICE
The purpose of the street outreach is to let girls know there is a safe place where they can relax get a cup of coffee, something to eat and freshen up. We also let them know we have programs that will assist them with job search and other resources they may need.
Street teams go out every Friday night wherever the girls are “working” to spread the love of Jesus Christ. We distribute “love bags” that contain gum, a small set of toiletries and phone numbers for resources. We have 11 volunteers that go out and we are training a team in the Orange County area.
Journey Out (J.O.) is an 8-week re-entry diversion program designed for women incarcerated for prostitution and sexual exploitation. Participants are provided with resources, education and the tools they need to identify behaviors that caused them to become a victim of human trafficking and prostitution.
The work we do is heartbreaking but at the same time very rewarding. We are telling lost and hurting souls that there is a Hope and a Future for them and that God loves them.