Safe Families for Children is a national movement partnering with the church to temporarily care for at-risk children, while strengthening families in crisis. Our purpose is to serve as a hosts for vulnerable children and to create extended family-like support systems for desperate families through a community of compassionate volunteers motivated by their faith to keep children safe and ultimately together with their families.
What We Do
SFFC, an alternative to foster care placement, provides a connection between the church family and desperate families in the community. Parents in need voluntarily place their children with host families for a temporary length of time while parents focus on becoming more stable and meeting their goals. Host families are recruited through local Christian churches and faith-based organizations.
How Does Safe Families Work
- Parents retain full custody and can request the return of their children at any time
- Volunteer families are extensively screened with fingerprint background checks and home evaluations
- Children ages 0-18 are eligible, including parenting teens
- We are committed to reuniting parents and children as soon as possible
- Prevent child maltreatment
- Deflect at-risk families from entering into the child welfare system
- Stabilizing and strengthening families in crisis.
We work to utilize and equip churches to recruit host families who will serve as alternatives to foster care by opening their home to children in need and developing a mentoring relationship to the parents.
Founded in Chicago in 2003, Safe Families for Children (SFFC) is a multi-site movement that gives hope and support to families in distress. SFFC reframes how families are supported during a crisis. Parents primarily place their children in a safe, loving home where they are cared for while the parents seek to restore stability in their lives. SFFC is dedicated to family support, stabilization, and most importantly, child abuse prevention. In 2012, SFFC made 33,200 family hosting arrangements in 26 states across the country.
Ashoka Global Social Entrepreneur Award
Peter D. Rucker National Non-Profit Innovation Award (2010)
Prime Movers Award- Hunt Alternative Fund (Social Movement Leader)
Safe Families is active in 41 sites in the United States, with 29 in development
Safe Families is currently launching in Canada and in the United Kingdom
As part of Twin Cedars, Safe Families for Children is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).
Referrals & Donations
To refer someone to the program, as a Safe Family or family-in-need, please Contact Candi Gibson.
Safe Families for Children
701 Lincoln Street
P.O. Box 1526
LaGrange, GA 30241
706-298-0050 ext. 1073
Host Family Application SFFC