Marion County churches and child welfare groups partner for CarePortal

Marion County churches and child welfare groups partner for CarePortal

In a room of 30 to 40 church pastors and representatives at Ocala Police Department’s training auditorium on Thursday, Natalie French exemplified some of the endless needs and struggles Marion County families are facing. 

Using retired OPD Maj. Tara Woods in a simulation, French handed Woods two baby dolls to represent her children, followed by a bag of pasta, laundry detergent, a plunger, jumper cables, schoolwork and a handful of bills to represent a mother’s many obligations. 

The simulation was part of a presentation on CarePortal, a national program coming to Marion County, to show how the online portal will connect families and children in the welfare system to church members who can help fill their needs. 

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