RESTORATION IN LOS ANGELES
CHILD TRAFFICKING WITHIN OUR BORDERS.
Children are being trafficked right here in the United States – some for labor services, some in the commercial sex industry. So many children are being trafficked in our nation that the crime has been identified as a growing and deadly epidemic. This epidemic must be stopped.
After many years of successful results through our international anti-trafficking work, we are ready to expand our services for children in America.
We are excited to announce that, in August 2016, we closed escrow on 50 acres of land in the northern part of Los Angeles County where we will build ZOE Children’s Homes – Los Angeles! ZOE International now officially owns the property – acreage that will be used in obedience to God to provide care for hurting children and youth.
Every year, hundreds of minors are identified as being trafficking in Los Angeles County. ZOE International has worked in this community for many years, serving on several anti-human trafficking task forces; providing support and services for minors who’ve been trafficked; and studying domestic trafficking in the USA. We have completed many challenging steps in preparation of opening a specialized home where we can serve children in Los Angeles who have been trafficked. One critically important step in that process was finding the right property.
No other time in history has there been more people enslaved than there are now. According to the California Child Welfare Council, thousands of children are coerced into providing sex for hire everyday, right here in our own nation. Why build? We build because we must. We cannot stay silent while the unspeakable horror of human trafficking takes place all around us. It is our calling to create a place where those under the age of 18 can find healing and wholeness.
A PLACE OF REFUGE
Safety and emergency housing are the two greatest needs for trafficking victims in the United States. Many children simply do not have safe families to go home to after being trafficked. Only after their basic needs have been met can they begin the long journey toward restoration and hope.
A strategic building design will help us to serve children effectively. Smart design helps to foster a sense of safety, peace, and hope – a sense of being home.
For this reason, we are working with a very creative architectural firm who is passionate about designing our first U.S. children’s restoration home. This talented team is focusing on a tremendous amount of physical detail. They recognize that the physical environment can have a great impact on emotional well-being. And they share our firm belief that the kids who will live in ZOE Children’s Homes – Los Angeles are worth the effort.
We are not just building a home. We are building a place and a model of care where children from very hard places can begin to find healing and hope.
LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE.
ZOE Children’s Homes – Los Angeles will be a place of love and unconditional acceptance. Care will be provided by a special team of people who have been trained to provide trauma-informed care and equipped to look beyond children’s behaviors so they can understand and address the deep needs that drive those behaviors.
Children will receive relational support; educational services; life skills training; vocational training; mentoring; advocacy; and a range of therapeutic care. Services will be based on the individual needs and goals of each child. But this is not the end of the story. Care provided at ZOE Children’s Homes – Los Angeles will be only the first step.
BRIDGE TO FAMILY.
Every child needs to feel loved and valued by a family – a need to belong. When the time comes for a young person to move from ZOE Children’s Homes – Los Angeles, ZOE will be available to help make that transition successful.
Whether that young person is ready to reunite with her birth family, live independently, or live with a foster family, we will be available to help. Even now, we are working closely with a foster family agency to find and support forever families for the children we will serve. These very special families will be equipped with specialized training and resources. The importance of these families cannot be overstated.
A JOURNEY WORTH TAKING.
The process of providing loving, trauma-informed care for children who have suffered so deeply will not be easy. The journey will be long and arduous. It will take many of us to be successful. Our years of caring for children who have been trafficked have shown us, though, that it can be done. Children can experience restoration. They can find the courage to trust and to love. Lives can be changed and generations can be restored. We can’t imagine a better use of time, energy, and resources.
Each day is more and more exciting as we push forward in the process toward opening our first children’s restoration home in the U.S. We invite you to join us at each step of this exciting and life-changing journey unfolds.
DONATE TO ZCHLA
We are looking for financial supporters who would like to donate towards the needs of our first children’s home in the USA.