Safe Families for Children

Indianapolis

About Our Chapter

Our Families

IMG_8308We currently have over 400 Host Families serving Central Indiana. They are supported by a team of volunteers who provide services of transportation, mentoring, employment assistance or tangible items such as diapers, car seats or meals.

If you would like to volunteer at our chapter, click here for our immediate needs.

Our Churches

Central Indiana churches play a significant role in recruiting and supporting their people to serve parents in crisis. Churches of all sizes and various denominational or non-denominational backgrounds are active partners with Safe Families for Children of Central Indiana.

Our volunteers come from the smallest to largest congregations, as all followers of Jesus are awakening to the urgent need of struggling families in our own cities and towns.

Our Team

Although our amazing volunteers are the ones who take the movement of Safe Families for Children into the community, they are supported by a professional staff.  Our staff passionately invest their lives in engaging churches, building the base of volunteers, transitioning children, family coach supervision, vetting and training volunteers and so much more.

Chapter Sites ImageIn additional to our professional staff in Indianapolis to support Central Indiana, we also have chapter sites located throughout Indiana.

Click here to learn more about Indiana Chapter Sites.

 

 

 

Portrait of Lanna Blanchard - Director of Central Indiana

Lanna Blanchard - Director of Central Indiana

lblanchard@safefamilies.net

What church do you attend? I attend Eunhye Korean Presbyterian Church, also known as Grace Korean Presbyterian Church. Eunhye means "grace."

Tell us about yourself and your family: I was born in South Korea and came to the United States at age seven. I am married and have five kids with the youngest ones being teenagers.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy reading, walking, laughing at husband's corny jokes and hanging out with family/friends and beloved dog Koda.

What is your favorite Bible verse? My favorite verse is Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people."

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: Our kids are all adopted from South Korea through Bethany Christian Services where I worked for many years in various programs.

Tell us about your education and past experience: I have a BA in Psychology from Indiana University and Master-level credits in Christian Counseling from Liberty University. Husband and I were on staff at Cru ministry with campus, international and inner-city outreach teams.

Portrait of Debbie Douthitt - Volunteer Coordinator

Debbie Douthitt - Volunteer Coordinator

ddouthitt@safefamilies.net

What church do you attend? I attend Harvest Bible Chapel - North Indy.

Tell us about yourself and your family: I am originally from Indiana but after living in few other states, I moved back in 2014. I am single and have no children but I do have 4 nephews in the area.

What are your hobbies? I love reading, going to the movies, traveling and spending time with my family.

What is your favorite Bible verse? My favorite verse is Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: My life is full of random events, which have allowed me to be an extra in a movie, have my picture taken with Director Robert Altman and attend four major awards shows for music, movies and television. I have also been skydiving in Hawaii, which no one expects would be something I'd do.

Tell us about your education and past experience: I have a BS in Business Management, MS in Forensic Psychology, 20+ years in information technology then changed careers to social work first at a foster care agency then Safe Families.

Portrait of Melissa Ham - Hancock County Coordinator

Melissa Ham - Hancock County Coordinator

mham@safefamilies.net

What church do you attend? I attend Park Chapel Christian Church in Greenfield.

Tell us about yourself and your family: I am originally from a very small, rural area about an hour north of Indy. I have been married to my wonderful husband for over 18 years and we have two awesome boys.

What are your hobbies? We love playing and working on our little farm where we raise chickens, pigs and other domesticated animals.

What is your favorite Bible verse? My favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10, which speaks so much about how God walks alongside me no matter what I am going through. It reads, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Tell us about your education and past experience: We became a host family in 2013. Shortly after I became the Ministry Lead in the church we were attending at the time. In 2015, we moved to Hancock County. I was approached by an organization named Love INC to be the Safe Families Coordinator for Hancock County. It is an honor and a privilege to work for not one, but two amazing, faith-based organizations.

Portrait of Alexandrea Hutson - Administrative Coordinator

Alexandrea Hutson - Administrative Coordinator

ahutson@safefamilies.net

What church do you attend? I attend White River Christian Church in Noblesville.

Tell us about yourself and your family: I was raised in a the small town of Cicero and have one younger brother. I met my husband in high school and we got married after graduating college. Since being married, we bought a house in Noblesville, welcomed our son in June of 2018 and continue to enjoy the amazing relationship we have built with a sweet 10-year-old little girl we hosted for 6 months and still see monthly!

What are your hobbies? I love reading, spending time with family and friends and painting furniture.

What is your favorite Bible verse? My favorite verse is 1 John 3:16, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. We ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

Tell us about your education and past experience: I graduated from the Indiana University (IU) School of Social Work in 2015 and also have a degree in Human Services. My journey with Safe Families for Children began during my internship, which I was blessed to get hired during that time as the Intake Director.

Portrait of Michelle Kartholl - Intake Coordinator

Michelle Kartholl - Intake Coordinator

mkartholl@safefamilies.net

What church do you attend? I attend the main Campus of College Park Church.

Tell us about yourself and your family: I am originally from the Fort Wayne area and moved to Indianapolis in 2012. I have been married to my best friend since September 2015. We have 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren who we adore.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy gardening, reading and cooking for my family.

What is your favorite Bible verse? I have a lot of favorites, but what I always try to remember when it seems that the constant things in my life are changing, Ecclesiastes 3:1, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens"

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: My love of baseball has taken me to 26 different baseball stadiums and a World Series game, with a goal of visiting all MLB stadiums.

Tell us about your education and past experience: My journey with Safe Families began as a weekend respite host, and has expanded over the past three or four years to doing long term hostings, being a family friend, a ministry lead and now, Intake Coordinator.

Portrait of Laura Rasche - Family Coach

Laura Rasche - Family Coach

lrasche@safefamilies.net

What church do you attend? I attend St. Malachy Catholic Church in Brownsburg.

Tell us about yourself and your family: I am a single mom to 2 amazing kids, who make me laugh on the daily. Let's hope that continues into their teenage years!

What are your hobbies? I love to read personal development books, travel and ultimately just spend time with my friends and family.

What is your favorite Bible verse? Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: Against my better judgment, we have become a cat and dog haven. We have 3 dogs and 2 cats, all of which have been rescued. Even though I act strong, it is my weakness every time one of my kids asks if we can adopt another pet in need!

Tell us about your education and past experience: I started volunteering as a host family in 2012. I was also a Referral Line volunteer before joining staff as a Family Coach. While my undergraduate degree is in Criminal Justice & Criminology, I minored in Interpersonal Relations then went on to receive my Masters in School Counseling from Butler University in 2013.

Portrait of Carissa Rouse - Ministry Lead Coordinator

Carissa Rouse - Ministry Lead Coordinator

crouse@safefamilies.net

What church do you attend? I attend Harvest Bible Chapel - North Indy.

Tell us about yourself and your family: My husband and I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary! We currently live in Fishers, Indiana, where we love to spend time with our friends and family.

What are your hobbies? I love to read, I enjoy cooking, and in my free time I love to paint!

What is your favorite Bible verse? My favorite verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I recently restored my relationship with Christ and was baptized last year!

Tell us about your education and past experience: I graduated from Ball State University with my Bachelor's degree in Psychology, also studying Criminal Justice, Women and Gender Studies and Interpersonal Relationships. I will graduate from IUPUI in the spring with my Master’s degree in Social Work.