About Our Chapter
We are currently supported by a team of compassionate and caring volunteers who provide supportive relationships, mentoring, transportation, employment assistance or needed, tangible items such as diapers, car seats or meals.
Central Indiana churches play a significant role in recruiting and supporting their people to serve and reach out to parents who are in a crisis situation. 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.
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.
In additional to our professional staff in Indianapolis to support Central Indiana, we also have chapter site in Northeast Indiana.
Laura Rasche, Chapter Director
Laura Rasche is the Director of the Safe Families for Children – Central Indiana chapter. She holds a master’s degree in school counseling from Butler University and directs the work of Safe Families in Marion county and the counties surrounding Indianapolis in Central Indiana. Laura joined the staff of Safe Families as a Family Coach Supervisor in 2018, before transitioning to Chapter Director in 2021. Laura and her children have been serving as a host family since 2012.
Kate Miller, Family Coach Supervisor
Kate Miller is the Family Coach Supervisor for the Safe Families for Children - Central Indiana chapter. She holds a master’s degree in teaching from National Louis University and is a middle and high school English teacher by trade.
Kate is active with Back2Back Ministries as a past orphan care mission trip leader and is certified as a Trauma Competent Caregiver and Trainer. Kate and her family have been serving as a host family since 2017.
Lori Milzarek, Intake Coordinator
Lori Milzarek is the Intake Coordinator and Family Coach Supervisor for the Safe Families for Children Central Indiana chapter. She holds a master’s degree in Counseling from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and has worked with children of all ages for over 25 years as an elementary school counselor, a preschool teacher, and a middle school/high school drug and alcohol prevention coordinator. Lori started volunteering as a family coach and family friend in 2019, and she and her family have been serving as a host family since 2020.