Safe Families for Children™

Giving a hand to families in crisis.

Safe Families for Children™ (SFFC) is a national movement of compassion that gives hope to families in crisis. This network of host families help parents who need to temporarily place their children due to unmanageable or critical circumstances. A host family provides a loving sanctuary and serves out of a sense of compassion and love.

SFFC is not foster care or adoption. In foster care, children are placed into homes through the courts and families receive compensation for their care. Through SFFC, host families receive no compensation for caring for children, and parents voluntarily place their children with them. Children whom you host are also not believed to be victims of abuse and neglect. The goal of the SFFC ministry is to offer support in a time of need and reunite children with their families in a stronger home environment.

This temporary care for children in need gives parents time to establish stability in their homes. Can you open your home to a family going through a troubled time? Reach out with God’s love and compassion to embrace those who need help in your community.

Parents remain involved.

Parents place their child into your home voluntarily. Children are not in the custody of the State. Parents are actively involved in their children’s lives and will develop a relationship with your family. Bethany staff work with the parents during this transition to identify steps to regain stability and be reunited with their children quickly and safely.

There are many challenges parents face.

Parents voluntarily place their children into your home because of any number of challenges they are facing, such as:

  • Sudden unemployment or loss of housing
  • Financial difficulties
  • Postpartum depression
  • Acute illness or hospitalization
  • Financial instability
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug or alcohol addiction
  • Incarceration of one parent


Ways to Get Involved

Be a Host Family
Open your home to nurture a child in need.
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Be a Safe Family Church

Intergrate Safe Families with your ministry and share Safe Families with your congregation
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Be a Safe Family Friend

Volunteer your time and resources to further Safe Families' cause
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