Our Buddy Ministry is dedicated to children
that require special needs support in KidLife
Does my child belong in this ministry?
These are just a few examples of a child who may be in need of a buddy in KidLife: Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Muscular Dystrophy, Cancer, Severe or Extreme Behaviors, Separation Anxiety, and Down Syndrome, among others. If you have specific questions regarding the needs of your child, please contact our Buddy Ministry Coordinator, Jennifer Welch.
How does the Buddy Program work in KidLife?
Our goal is to include each child in our KidLife services as much as is possible and tolerable for them. A Buddy will be assigned and trained to assist your child when needed, allowing them to be independent when appropriate and also to provide breaks for your child when necessary.
Each child will be treated individually and modifications to curriculum, crafts, worship, etc. will be made according to your child’s interests, abilities and tolerance.
If your child’s disability is such that they are unable to benefit from participating in a traditional KidLife classroom, accommodations will be made to provide a space and activities that are appropriate for them.
We provide: Therapy, Behavioral modification programs (however, we will support programs already in place, if possible, at the request of the parent/guardian) and also medical intervention (only in emergency situations).
Any medications your child may need due to their special need must be given by the parent/guardian and not the Buddy in KidLife.
How do I enroll my child in the Buddy Ministry?
Jennifer Welch, our Buddy Ministry Coordinator, will set up an initial meeting and interview time with you to hear your child’s needs and discuss the best placement for them in KidLife.
It is very important that you Contact Jennifer before your child’s first planned Sunday in KidLife so that we can make arrangements and are able to provide them with the support that they need. We also ask that you complete the Buddy Ministry Registration form below. Please provide all appropriate information about your child so that we are able to best serve them. If there are any special food/drinks/snacks, diapers/wipes and comfort items for your child, please provide those when they begin attending KidLife.
We ask that a parent/guardian stay on the CLF campus while your child is in the KidLife Buddies care Ministry.
We would love to see your family this Sunday!