When crisis strikes, many of us rely on family or friends for support.
Unfortunately, some families have no support when they need it. Safe Families is a movement of the church that provides care and support for at-risk children and their struggling parents. Safe Family volunteers, prompted by compassion and Biblical hospitality, extend the love of Christ to families in need.
By extending hospitality to others in need, Safe Families returns the church to its historic role of caring for orphans and widows. Safe Families allows God’s people to give meaningful, live-changing support to families in crisis. The scriptures lead us to make room in our busy, well-protected lives to minister to others and help a stranger.
Peace of Mind
The Safe Families method removes parents’ fear of losing their child to the foster care system, which encourages them proactively to seek help. By giving parents peace of mind that their children are cared for, parents can focus on getting back on their feet.
Unleashing the Power of Family
Safe Families allows the host family to participate together in life-changing ministry. Ministering together as a family promotes unity and allows our children real experience in living out their faith. The Christian family is one of the most powerful sources of change in our society. Our homes are a powerful change agent. Rather than sheltering our families, we need to unleash them for ministry.
- Safe Families is a national organization founded in 2003
- Safe Families has hosted over 24,000 children across the nation
- On average, a child stays with a host family for 5-6 weeks
- The majority of children hosted are under the age of 6
- 93% of children hosted return to their parent, often after creating the most stable environment they’ve ever known
- Parents place their children with Safe Families for a variety of reasons, but mostly because of an unstable living environment/homelessness, hospitalization, or crisis
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
HOST FAMILIES Open your heart and home to children from families in crisis, provide a safe and loving home while their parents resolve short-term issues
FAMILY COACH Serve in a mentoring role for families in need. Problem solve and connect parents to resources. Monitor the well-being of the child(ren) and facilitate the relationship between the host family and the parent.
FAMILY FRIEND Provide friendship and encouragement to a parent in crisis. OR provide support for host families by helping with meals, transportation, or occasional babysitting.
RESOURCE TEAM Support the needs of Safe Families in various ways. Provide diapers, formula, clothing, other children’s items. Volunteer professional services as a mechanic, hair stylist, and more