SAFE FAMILIES

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.

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Host Families

Screened and approved by Safe Families, host families take in children for short periods of time.

Family Friends

Provide support to placing families (e.g., mentoring and transportation) and Host Families (e.g., babysitting and providing meals).

Resource Friends

Donate lightly used items (e.g beds, furniture, and clothing) to help parents get back on their feet.

Family Coaches

Are trained to provide resources and casework-like services to placing parents. They also ensure that kids are well cared for in host family homes.

Safe Families + Mentors

These volunteers support young adults aging out of foster care.