Safe Families for Children

a compelling story...

The problem...

When crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and our church family for support. But for some parents, there isn't a safety net. Often problems such as drug addiction, domestic abuse, incarceration, or illness can be debilitating, making it impossible for parents to care for their children. With the changing economy many more families are experiencing financial crisis, unemployment, and homelessness. During such crisis, children are especially at-risk for neglect or abuse as their parents struggle to cope with crushing circumstances and emotions.



State welfare emergency hotlines throughout the nation reportedly receive over 5 million calls each year of suspected child abuse or neglect. Of those calls, about one million meet the criteria for state intervention. What happens to the remaining four million families that don't qualify for help? 

Overburdened by need and restrained by resources, law and policy most state welfare agencies are allowed to rescue only children who have suffered blatant abuse or neglect. Overwhelmed and underfunded, the state is ill-equipped to deal with a problem of this magnitude. Without assistance, many of these families will find the issues in their homes escalating to episodes of abuse and/or neglect with long lasting consequences for not only the child, but also for our communities as well. 


One solution is "Safe Families for Children"...

Safe Families for Children recruits volunteers to serve in supportive roles with families in crisis. Volunteers serve as short-term hosts for the children in the family as well as “family friends”. The average stay for a child being hosted is six weeks, but can range from two days to a year. The goal of the program is to give children a safe place to live while also supporting their parents as they do the work necessary to re-stabilize the family. Its main objectives are child welfare deflection, child abuse prevention and family support and stabilization. Volunteers are equipped to offer biblical hospitality through training, support and the assurance of program “safeguards”.

For more information about this vital ministry...

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