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 Alexandrea Hutson - Director of Intake

Alexandrea Hutson - Director of Intake

ahutson@safefamilies.net
Crisis Line: 317-519-3839

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

Tell us about yourself and your family: I grew up in Cicero, Indiana (yay for small towns) and was raised by my mom and dad along with my brother, Eric, who is one of my best friends. I met my husband in high school, and we married in May of 2017. We currently live in Noblesville and have enjoyed hosting a sweet 8-year-old little girl soon after we were married.

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 Mariah Windhorst - Volunteer Coordinator

Mariah Windhorst - Volunteer Coordinator

mwindhorst@safefamilies.net

What church do you attend? I attend College Park Church in Fishers.

Tell us about yourself and your family: I was born in Ohio but grew up in Monroe, Indiana (southeast of Fort Wayne). My husband, Nick, and I currently live in downtown Fishers.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy traveling, cooking and trying new things. I am also always at the library picking up a new and exciting read.

What is your favorite Bible verse? My favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10, “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: I have a Bachelor of Social Work from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). I volunteered and then interned at Safe Families for Children as a Family Coach prior to getting hired.

Portrait of Debbie Douthitt - Family Coach Supervisor

Debbie Douthitt - Family Coach Supervisor

ddouthitt@safefamilies.net

What church do you attend? I attend Northview Church in Carmel.

Tell us about yourself and your family: I am originally from Indiana but just moved back in 2014. I am single and have no kiddos. I have four nephews … one of which is just like me much to my sister’s dismay.

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.” This verse was source of significant career change.

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.

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

Portrait of Kaitlyn Bland - Ministry Lead Coordinator/Family Coach

Kaitlyn Bland - Ministry Lead Coordinator/Family Coach

kbland@safefamilies.net

What church do you attend? I attend Soma Northwest.

Tell us about yourself and your family: I was born/raised in Fort Wayne and have two brothers. I met my husband in high school and we were married the winter before I graduated college. Since being married, we have lived in Minnesota, Fort Wayne and now Indianapolis.

What are your hobbies? One of my favorite things to do is dating my husband. I also enjoy being outside and being active whether that be walking, running or riding bikes as well as conversation and being with people.

What is your favorite Bible verse? My favorite verse is 1 Timothy 1:15, “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.”

Tell us about your education and past experience: I graduated from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) with my BS Ed. in Elementary Education. I taught fourth and seventh grade. I also taught Early Childhood ages six months to four years at a women’s homeless shelter. I previously volunteered with Safe Families for Children as a host, Ministry Lead and Resource/Family Friend.

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.