Did you know, Arizona leads the nation in children per capita in foster care? On average, 1,300 children wait in emergency shelters for three weeks or more.
Given this crisis, our church partners with a Christian-based organization called Safe Families. Safe Families is designed to keep children safe and families intact by encouraging churches to provide temporary, gospel-centered support to families in crisis. Different roles and levels of commitment are available to suit your unique gifting and availability. Learn more below.
Founded in 2003, Safe Families for Children surrounds families in crisis with caring, compassionate community. They are a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides hope and support to families in our local communities. We are motivated by faith to keep children safe and families intact.
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.
Creating a world where children are safe and families transformed through radically compassionate communities
Safe Families for Children hosts vulnerable children and creates extended family–like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by compassion to keep children safe and families intact.
Safe Families Core Values
Compassion fueled by Mercy
Safe Families Objectives
The three objectives of Safe Families for Children are:
Keep children safe during a family crisis such as homelessness, hospitalization, or domestic violence in an effort to prevent child abuse and/or neglect.
Support, and stabilize families in crisis by surrounding them with caring, compassionate community.
Reunite families and reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system. We seek to be an alternative to foster care, where appropriate.
Who Makes up Safe Families?
Safe Families volunteers fit into five roles (diagram below):
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: We ARE a Safe Families Church. We open our hearts, open our arms, and open our homes.