Safe Families for Children

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Safe Families for Children strives to meet three objectives:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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. 

Safe Families for Children expands the community safety net by providing parents in need with mentoring relationships and tangible support in times of crisis. Safe Families for Children believes children will be safe and well-cared for if families in crisis have a network of support. Safe Families for Children is an opportunity for the church to return to the forefront of caring for orphans and widows. Volunteers can have a powerful impact in the lives of others while practicing biblical hospitality and extending the love of Christ to people in need — all from their own home!

Volunteer families, prompted, solely by compassion, mentor at risk families and host families open their homes to children allowing 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.


Note: These stories are taken from our monthly "PrayerGram." If you would like to receive the Prayergram by email, please click here and leave us your address. All names have been changed to protect the identities of our kids and families.

George was adopted on September 1, 2011! Congratulations to his new family and a big thank you to everyone who has worked to bring this vulnerable and promising young man into a loving home.

Another of our foster kids is on his way to being adopted. As difficult as the journey is for his biological mother, we want to give kudos to Toni, adoptive foster mom. She worked closely with the boy's mother to make the process as gentle as possible.

We are so thankful for the resources that our foster parents bring along with their love for children in need. We received a referral for a deaf child, 13-year-old Anton. Because one of our new foster parents knew sign language, we were able to make a good match for Anton.

Prayer Requests

...for everyone who has experienced property damage and loss due to heavy rains, including one of our families.

...for a foster family who was displaced because of a house fire.

...for a foster parent who was in a car accident and as a result, had to go on short-term disability as he goes through physical therapy and deals with back pain.

...for a foster parent whose maternal aunt passed away.

...for the uncle of one of our staff members -- an 85 year old man who was transferred to ICU with a bleak prognosis.

...for a woman who is not recovering well after back surgery to regain her appetite so that her body can get the nourishment it needs.

...for one of our trustees who is recovering from a very painful bout of shingles.

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