Safe Families is a volunteer movement that gives hope and support to families in distress. Through hosting vulnerable children, we create extended-family–like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by faith to keep children safe and to reunite families.
Many families experience financial crisis, unemployment, and homelessness. Often these situations result in, or are made worse by, other hardships such as parental violence, drug or alcohol use, physical or mental illness, or incarceration. In these situations, parents or guardians may be incapable of providing a safe and caring environment for their children, putting them at risk of abuse and neglect. In the past, extended family or neighbors stepped in to help families in crisis by caring for their children for short periods of time. Today, however, many families are socially isolated, and their extended family is nonexistent, or unavailable or unable to help.
This is where Safe Families steps in. Through selfless acts of our volunteers we are able to provide families with a safe place for their child to go. Below is a list of that outlines different roles our volunteers take on depending on their level of involvement.