Our Impact

Since 2003, Safe Families for Children has arranged more than 35,000 hostings in Host Family homes across the United States. The number of hostings are even higher when combined with existing efforts in the United Kingdom and Canada.

On average, a child stays with a Host Family for slightly less than 40 days. Parents are referred for a variety of93 Percent of Kids Return Home 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.

Forthcoming Research

In Illinois, Safe Families for Children, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS), is currently being evaluated by a 74 Percent of Kids are 5 Years Old or Youngerrandomized control evaluation at the University of North Carolina.

Safe Families for Children in the United Kingdom is also being evaluated by the46 Percent of Parents Self-Refer Social Research Unit at Dartington. Results will be made available once the research is completed.