How Safe Families Works
Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) provides breathing room and support for parents in crisis, giving them time to get back on their feet while their children are cared for in a safe and loving environment.
Volunteers who host children and support parents are known as Host Families and are recruited from a large network of faith communities. Parents in crisis, called the Placing Family, willingly place their children with a safe, loving, and thoroughly screened volunteer Host Family for a short period of time. They can reunite with their children at any time. Both the Placing Family and the Host Family participate voluntarily, with no compensation or expectation of adoption.
The trust built between the Placing Family and Host Family is central to the Safe Families program; it’s at the heart of creating a safe haven for children and a support network for the Placing Family. After the hosting arrangement ends, Safe Families’ goal is for the two families to remain in contact, further reducing social isolation and providing ongoing support.
- We host children of at-risk families in approved volunteer homes for an average of 6 weeks.
- We provide families in crisis with a support network. Our volunteers provide needed resources and services (e.g., mentoring and help securing employment).
- We engage faith communities to recruit and support volunteers and reach out to Placing Parents.