Safe Families - in detail
Safe Families strives to meet three objectives:
1) Child Welfare Deflection:
Safe Families provides a safe alternative to child welfare custody, thus significantly reducing the number of children entering the child welfare system.
2) Child Abuse Prevention:
Providing an overwhelmed and resource limited parent with a safe, temporary place for their child without threat of losing custody. By offering support, the goal is to avert potential abuse/neglect episodes.
3) Family Support and Stabilization:
Many parents struggle because of limited social support and unavailable extended family. Many Safe Families Volunteers become the extended family that a parent never had.
Safe Families for Children expands a family’s safety net by providing parents with wrap around support in times of crisis. Safe Families for Children believes that stabilizing families keeps children safe and well cared for. Safe Families gives the church the opportunity to care for the orphan and widow, right in our own communities. Volunteers can have a powerful impact in the lives of others by extending the love of Christ to people in need – all from their own home!
Volunteer families, prompted by Biblical hospitality, host children of at risk families and mentor parents. Children are hosted to allow parents to work out their problems without having to worry about losing parental custody.
Volunteer opportunities include:
Host Families - Volunteer families willing to open their homes to children in crisis and provide a safe and loving home and family atmosphere for them on a temporary basis
Family Friends/Mentors - Mature Christians serving in a mentoring role to connect with biological families; assisting with and addressing the circumstances that led to their crisis
Case Coaches - Volunteers who facilitate the relationship between the biological and volunteer Safe Family during a placement. Their primary focus is ensuring the well-being of the child(ren) while coordinating communication between the various agencies, Host Family, and the biological family.
Providing Resources - Donation of children’s items including (but not limited to): diapers, formula, cribs, car seats, strollers, and clothing are essential.
Professional Services - A comprehensive network of professionals willing to provide services on a donated or discounted rate for the support of children in crisis and/or volunteer families. Doctors, dentists, hair-care professionals, handymen and house cleaners are just a few examples.