Since 2002, Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) has placed more than 20,000 children in Host Family homes in the United States. The number of placements is even higher when combined with existing efforts in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Africa. On average, a child stays with a Host Family for slightly less than 40 days. Parents are referred for a variety of reasons but mostly because of an unstable living environment or crisis. The majority of children hosted are younger than 5 years of age, and 93% return to their parent or a relative who is in a better position to care for them.
Safe Families in Illinois in conjunction with Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) is currently being evaluated by a randomized control evaluation at the University of North Carolina. Safe Families in the United Kingdom is also being evaluated by the Social Research Unit at Dartington. Results will be made available as soon as they are completed.
Below are some of the stats that help describe our work.