I have been volunteering with this organization that I am really passionate about and really believe in. Royal Family Kids Camp has been impacting abused foster children lives for years. Royal Family Kids Camp helps create life changing moments for children of abuse. Many people ignore or aren’t aware of the abuse of children and the effect it has on these children and their relationships with others. The latest 2015 Child Maltreatment Report from The Children’s Bureau was published in January 2017. The report shows an increase in child abuse referrals from 3.6 million to 4 million. The number of children involved subsequently increased to 7.2 million from 6.6 million.
Children are very affected by the damage that being abused causes to social interaction, emotions, and general wellbeing. Many children are suffering from abuse and are place in the foster care system but still feel unwanted or loved, some being further abused in the foster home. These children are left with the feeling of inconsistency, people are in and out their life. Royal Family created a program for kids to experience a camp environment for a week and even has a Royal Family Kids Club for the children to have a mentor during the school year. The objective of the organization, therefore, is to develop long-lasting, trust-based relationships that will bring hope and change to the foster child’s future. Having individuals in your life consistently and willingly, can make quite an impact on the kids and the individuals associated with Royal Family. Through fundraising, donations, grants, time, and caring Royal Family can provide a haven for children of abuse, where they feel loved, wanted, and appreciated. Many items are donated like clothes, shoes, sheets, and many other things that are needed everyday which the text states are “gifts to meet immediate human needs” (Worth p. 267).
The board of Royal Family Kids Camp link bold visions and ambitious plans to financial support, expertise, and networks of influence which according to text is sustaining resources (Worth p.91). They have teamed up with small and big companies, other government programs, and the community to make resources available to children in the program. The founders saw a need in their community and decided to not only service their community but other communities in different cities, states, and even countries. There are camps all over the world, many in the United States, to accommodate the rising number of abused children being placed in the foster care system.
Being a part of this organization allows me to get an inside look of how they are really making an impact on the community and children’s lives. Royal Family can provide a stable flow of love and affection through their camps and clubs. This organization is a relevant part of the community, ensuring the safety and well-being of the children. They say it takes a village to raise kids and Royal Family is the best village in helping cultivate healthy relationships with these children.
Activities that get the child involved and show them that are people who will be consistently in their life. For some of these kid’s camp is the best week of their lives. They get to interact with other kids their age, have tea parties, campfires, tell stories, not to mention they are spoiled with love and affection. They get to experience something they wouldn’t otherwise get to experience if they were in that same abusive situation. During Royal Family Kids Club, they are paired with an individual that they get to hang out with and enjoy being a kid. The kids do all kinds of fun activities which leads to the life -changing moments the mission statement promises.
Not just anyone can be employed or volunteer with this organization, there is an extensive background check and series of questions in being involved with Royal Family because of the nature of the program. A lot goes into maintaining Royal Family Kids Camp, the board members are very involved helping abused children. Begin by building awareness with your church. Every day the number of abused children goes up and every day they find new ways to open more camps to accommodate these kids.
Children of abuse, abandonment, and neglect are not just in International countries. They live in your neighborhoods, go to school in your city and they need people to show them the love of Jesus. Learn the facts on foster children in your state. Understanding the need will lead your church family to action. Launching a Camp unites your church family with a purpose; expands your church into the community; and brings the church and State together for a noble cause.
“Royal Family KIDS – Confronting Abuse and Changing Lives.” Royal Family KIDS Confronting Abuse and Changing Lives, rfk.org/.
Nonprofit Management: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition (2014) by Michael J. Worth. Sage Publications.