Bagel Bites and ice cream

Guest post by Central Florida Safe Families Mom Debbie Titus. Safe Families for Children is a program of Bethany Christian Services through a partnership with Community-Based Care of Central Florida. Safe Families for Children is a national movement of compassion that gives hope to families in crisis. Safe, loving homes are provided where parents may voluntarily have their children cared for while parents seek to restore stability in their lives. 

It was around 9:30 p.m. when the three children arrived at “Camp Titus,” sweet kids ages 9, 11 and 13. But they were traumatized by what had just happened to their family.

Their mom was offered a job in real estate from a friend in Miami. When she arrived, she discovered her friend was actually involved in a prostitution and identity theft ring. Once she realized what was going on, she locked herself in the bathroom and called for the police to get her and the kids out of the house. All three kids were about to be trafficked. The police arrived, escorted them out and the family began the trip back home to Missouri.

On the way home she was pulled over and arrested because she had not paid a speeding ticket in Georgia several years ago. The mom went to jail and the kids went into DCF care in Osceola County.  The facilities in Osceola were overextended, so DCF called Safe Families for help and the kids landed at Camp Titus. The children snacked on Bagel Bites and ice cream, watched movies, and then played at the playground until their grandma arrived from Missouri to take them home.

The mom was going to have to stay in jail for several weeks and be transferred to Georgia, but my husband Gary and I wanted to help her get back to her kids. Gary was able to get the judge to lift the order so the mom could be released. A few hours later she was out of jail – and in a bit of shock over what had happened. The mom spent two nights with us before she flew back to Missouri.

They were three beautiful and sweet kids and one unsuspecting mom just looking for a better job. Safe Families was able to step in and give them a helping hand. The family is now doing quite well.

If you are involved in Safe Families in some capacity, THANK YOU! We really are changing the world one kid at a time. If you are interested in getting involved, please call Kyraneshia Coleman at 407-877-4006.

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