Safe Families: Helping parents facing crisis

When parents are experiencing difficulties caring for themselves or their children, you can help by providing support for their family as they take essential steps towards stability.

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Be someone's extended family

What would you do if you had a crisis in your family? Who would care for your kids? Maybe your mom or your sister or a trusted friend. But too many families don’t have this network of support, so when the parents are vulnerable, their kids are too.

Safe Families for Children logo - 2 hands around a child

Strengthen and keep families together

When a family is facing crisis, kids can become vulnerable to neglect and abuse. No family should experience this.

Many parents rely on relatives and friends for support. But for some, this is not enough—or even an option.

That’s where Safe Families—and volunteers like you—come in. You can be part of a supportive community for parents as they strive to overcome poverty, homelessness, health issues, job loss, or other obstacles.

FAQs about Safe Families

Q. What issues are families facing?

  1. Some families face crises like unemployment, homelessness, or deep financial stress. In other cases, parents need time to recover from substance use or mental health challenges.

Q. What ages of children does Safe Families serve?

  1. While we can care for newborns through adolescents (0-17), the average age is 4-6 years old.

Q. How old do I need to be to volunteer?

  1. We generally require volunteers to be 25 years or older, but exceptions can be made.

Q. How can I become a volunteer?

  1. First, fill out our contact form. We’ll connect you to a Safe Families coordinator in your area who will help you identify the best-fitting role for you or your family. You’ll complete an application, take part in an interview and home assessment, and submit references and information for a background check. You’ll then participate in online training.

Q. What’s the length of my commitment if I choose to be a Host Family?

  1. The average stay for a child in your home is about 30 days. However, we hope that you and the family you’re supporting will form a lasting relationship.

Q. How can my church support Safe Families?

  1. There are many ways your church can get involved. A few ideas are to:
  • Provide gift cards to grocery, clothing, and home goods stores or for public transportation such as bus passes or Uber/Lyft gift cards.
  • Make and distribute meals to Host Families when they host a child.
  • Create and manage a clothing and supply closet at your location. Host a drive for requested items such as various sizes of clothing, coats, diapers, baby items, etc.
  • Offer professional expertise and donations of services such as dental, medical, budgeting, resume writing and interview skill building, or legal services.
  • Transport adult clients to appointments after approval as a Family Friend.
  • Help as an office assistant by answering the phone, doing data entry, etc.

Stories of Lives Impacted by Safe Families

Stories of Lives Impacted by Safe Families

A second chance at home

When Kim’s husband died suddenly, her biggest fear was that their children would go into foster care. Thanks to Safe Families for Children, her family now shares a lasting community network of support.

Finding family during COVID-19

When parents are going through a crisis, volunteer Host Families offer loving care to parents, watching over their children while the parents regain stability. For Rena, it meant finding family in the face of a global pandemic.

Finding my lasting family

When parents like Lisa face situations beyond their control, their children can become vulnerable to neglect or abuse. Lisa wanted her boys to have a healthier and happier childhood than what she experienced.

Become a volunteer

Help Families in your community through:

  • Providing transportation
  • Offering a meal
  • Childcare
  • Becoming a host family
  • Dropping off diapers or resources

Learn more about how you can make an impact today

CA

Safe Families for Children
  Address Contact
Fresno 2610 W Shaw Ln
Fresno, CA 93711-2775

FL

Safe Families for Children
  Address Contact
Central Florida 29 W Smith St
Winter Garden, FL 34787-3582
Tampa By appointment only
Tampa, FL 33605

IA

Safe Families for Children
  Address Contact
Orange City 123 Albany Ave SE
Orange City, IA 50219-1685

MI

Safe Families for Children
  Address Contact
East Lansing 612 W Lake Lansing Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823-8534
Grand Rapids 901 Eastern Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0294
Holland 11335 James St
Holland, MI 49424-8627
Southeast Michigan 18000 W 9 Mile Rd
Southfield, MI 48075-4009
Traverse City 1055 Carriage Hill Dr
Traverse City, MI 49686-5161

MO

Safe Families for Children
  Address Contact
Columbia By appointment only
Columbia, MO 65203-4359
St. Louis 1300 Hampton Ave
St. Louis, MO 63139-3163

PA

Safe Families for Children
  Address Contact
Harrisburg 2101 N Front St
Harrisburg, PA 17110-1086
Lancaster 1681 Crown Ave
Lancaster, PA 17601-6303
Philadelphia 610 York Rd
Jenkintown, PA 19046-2867
Western Pennsylvania 10521 Perry Hwy
Wexford, PA 15090-9517
York 1911 E Market St
York, PA 17402-2838

TN

Safe Families for Children
  Address Contact
Chattanooga 930 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2724
Johnson City 9 Beechwood Ct
Johnson City, TN 37604-4555
Memphis 1255 Lynnfield St
Memphis, TN 38119-5161
Nashville 709 Nissan Dr
Smyrna, TN 37167-4461

VA

Safe Families for Children
  Address Contact
Fredericksburg 10500 Wakeman Dr
Fredericksburg, VA 22407-8012
Richmond 8100 Three Chopt Rd
Richmond, VA 23229