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Faith Network and Chaplaincy Services


Craig Swain

Faith Network Coordinator

2737 Centerview Drvie
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3100

(850) 717-2442
(850) 922-6189

Faith Network

WHAT IS THE FAITH NETWORK?

The Faith Network is a combination of individuals, ministries, organizations, and congregations from all faiths who are working collectively in each judicial circuit to help prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency across the State of Florida, by providing direct services and advocating for youth.

HOW DOES THE FAITH COMMUNITY NETWORK WORK?

The Faith & Community Network (FCN) is flexible by design because each community has its own unique needs and resources. The FCN is composed of individuals in each judicial circuit working collectively with community resources to help prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency across the State of Florida. The circuit FCN is encouraged to organize itself in a manner that will address the juvenile justice issues in that specific area. The organization, direction, and efforts of the local FCN should support the prevention plan as established by the Juvenile Justice Circuit Advisory Boards. 

WHAT IS THE FAITH COMMUNITY NETWORK MISSION? 

The mission of the Faith and Community Network is to provide a full range of programs and services to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency through partnership with faith and community-based organizations. This effort is designed to use a balanced approach that increases public safety and ensures that the children and families of Florida live in safe, nurturing communities that provide for their needs, recognize their strengths, and support their success.

FOCUS

  • Support faith and community based organizations
  • Recruit faith community partners
  • Ensure availability of Chaplaincy Services Faith Volunteers Statewide

PREVENTION AND VICTIM SERVICES 

Examples of prevention programs which may be provided by faith partners:


  • Family Engagement
  • Food Pantries 
  • Mediation & Conflict Resolution
  • Temporary Housing 
  • Faith-Based Life Skills 
  • Pregnancy Prevention 
  • After School Programs
  • Skills Training Programs

  • Recreation and Cultural Programs 
  • Tutoring/Academic Skills 
  • Gender Specific Training 
  • Self-Esteem Development
  • Drug Abuse Prevention 
  • Job Training/Placement 
  • Mentor Programs 

  • Counseling (individual, group, and family)
  • Clothing Closet
  • Special Events (youth summits, camps, and retreats)

PROBATION AND COMMUNITY Services

Intervention examples of programs which may be provided by faith partners:


  • Community Service Work
  • Family Engagement
  • Mediation/Conflict Resolution
  • Temporary Housing 
  • Faith-Based Life Skills 
  • Pregnancy Prevention 
  • After School Programs
  • Skills Training Programs

  • Recreation and Cultural Programs 
  • Tutoring/Academic Skills 
  • Gender Specific Training 
  • Self-Esteem Development
  • Drug Abuse Prevention 
  • Job Training/Placement 
  • Mentor Programs 

  • Counseling (individual, group, and family)
  • Food Pantries 
  • Clothing Closet
  • Special Events (youth summits, camps, and retreats)  

DETENTION AND RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

Examples of programs which may be provided by faith partners:


  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Family Engagement
  • Religious Book Study
  • Worship Services

  • Pastoral Care/Counseling
  • Transitional Services
  • Tutoring/Academic Skills 

  • Mediation/Conflict Resolution
  • Job Training/Placement 

Faith Community Network Highlights

  • Currently, more than 1,800 faith communities and faith-based organizations serve as Faith Partners providing services such mentoring, tutoring, after school programs, pastoral care and counseling.
  • A Chaplaincy Guidebook has been created that provides a framework for the delivery of quality Chaplaincy Services to the youth in our care.
  • A (6) hour Volunteer Chaplaincy Basic Training has been developed that ensures all of our Chaplains are prepared to successfully serve the youth and families within the juvenile justice system. To date, (600) volunteer Chaplains and faith volunteers have completed the Chaplains Basic Training.
  • A Chaplains Orientation has been developed that will be posted online and that will provide new volunteer Chaplains immediate access to training when the Chaplains Basic Training Course is not readily available.
  • A Faith Community Network/Chaplaincy Leadership Team has been developed in each of the 20 Judicial Circuits to provide oversight and support to Faith Network Partners and volunteer Chaplains in their designated circuit area. Currently, a Chaplain has been designated in each detention center and state operated residential program. Chaplains are in the process of being recruited in the remaining residential programs.
  • Partnerships with statewide faith and community-based organizations are critical to ensuring that programs and services for youth are available in their local communities and neighborhoods. To date partnerships with statewide organizations include the 11th District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Florida Catholic Conference, Sports World Ministries, Trinity Broadcast Network, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, Upward Bound Outreach Ministries, All Pro Dads, One Hope Ministries and Sports Power International.
  • Trinity Broadcast Network is providing faith and character-based programming in each of the department's Regional Juvenile Detention Centers and Residential programs through TBN's JCTV Youth Programming Network.
  • A statewide partnership has been developed with the “Sons of Allen” Men’s Ministry, the premiere mentoring program of the 11th Episcopal District of the AME Church, to establish a model aftercare program that will include mentoring youth in juvenile justice facilities and continue as a seamless transition through aftercare.
  • An aftercare project focused on education, vocational training and job placement has begun in Brevard County. Through this partnership a Re-Entry Board has been developed that includes the department, Workforce of Brevard County, Brevard County Schools and the Faith Community Network/Chaplaincy Services program.
  • The Department of Juvenile Justice has developed a partnership with the Department of Children and Families to extend the circle of care to at-risk youth through the Faith Community Network. This partnership extends faith-based services to other areas such as homelessness, foster care, adoption and domestic violence and closes the gaps in service for many at-risk youth and their families.
  • More than 600 faith volunteers, juvenile justice staff and faith partners participated in the “Our Children, Our Future” National Faith Symposium held October 21-22, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.  (35) workshops were held that focused on raising awareness of issues impacting at-risk youth and their families, educating faith communities on the juvenile justice system, connecting resources of community and faith based organizations, as well as providing training to improve and enhance faith and community based programs and services to at-risk youth.