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We are pleased to be partnering together with Safe Families as a ministry to our community. Safe Families provides a variety of ways our church can be involved in supporting families in crisis in our community. We will continue to be sharing about this ministry and ways you can get involved. For now we invite you to visit their website at www.safe-families.org to learn more.

About Safe Families

Founded in 2003, Safe Families for Children surrounds families in crisis with caring, compassionate community. We are a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides hope and support to families in our local communities. In many situations, parents or guardians may be incapable of providing a safe and caring environment for their children, putting them at risk of abuse and neglect. In the past, extended family or neighbors stepped in to help families in crisis by caring for their children for short periods of time. Today, however, many families are socially isolated, and their extended family is nonexistent, or unavailable or unable to help.

Adding to the problem is the fact that most state child welfare agencies are required under law to rescue only those children who suffer blatant abuse or neglect, leaving thousands of children at risk. Safe Families for Children keeps families together. Research shows that children who grow up in their own families leads to better outcomes in terms of sense of identity, educational attainment, overall stability, and employment.

Safe Families volunteers are…

  • Host Families: Screened and approved by Safe Families, Host Families take in children for short periods of time.
  • Family Friends: They provide support to Families in Need (e.g., mentoring and transportation) and Host Families (e.g., babysitting and providing meals).
  • Resource Friends: They provide various types of goods and services to Families in Need to help parents get back on their feet.
  • Family Coaches: They are trained to provide resources and casework-like services to Families in Crisis. They also ensure that kids are well cared for in Host Family homes.
  • Safe Families Churches: These are spiritual communities that support Safe Families as a ministry of their church. There are three church levels: Participating Church, Lead Church, and Community Lead Church.