On August 20th, 2014, some of the leading thinkers in foster care gathered in Oklahoma City to share ideas and experiences that are making a difference throughout the country. The presentations and discussions from this important were captured on video to be utilized as resources designed to equip a team of passionate people in any church to be wise and thoughtful foster care advocates.
Dr. David Anderson, is a Child Clinical Psychologist and Executive Director of LYDIA Home and Safe Families for Children. He received his doctorate degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In 2002, as a reaction to the crisis of child abuse in Chicago he wrote a letter to Mayor Richard M. Daley. In his letter, Anderson asked, “Isn’t it shame that a family can’t get help until after they have abused or neglected their child? At that point, the children have been removed from the home and parents often have little hope of their children being returned.”
By February 2003, Safe Families for Children-Chicago began with a handful of volunteers. This movement has now grown to close to 400 volunteer families in the Chicago area alone with a placement rate of over 30 a month. Along the way, hundreds of people have been touched and changed — not only those served by the ministry, but those serving as volunteers as well. Dr. Anderson has also served as a clinical psychologist for Lutheran General Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.