Families Helping Families in Crisis
Safe Families for Children™ (SFFC) is a national movement of compassion that gives hope to families in crisis. This network of volunteer host families help parents who need temporary care for their children as they work through unmanageable or critical circumstances.
Safe Families for Children is not Foster Care or Adoption
Safe Families for Children is an alternative to foster care. In foster care, children are placed into homes through the courts and foster families receive compensation for their care. Through SFFC, host families receive no compensation for caring for children, and parents voluntarily have their children stay with them. 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.
Parents Remain Involved
Parents are actively involved in their children’s lives and will develop a relationship with the host family. Because Safe Families for Children is not foster care, the children are not placed in the care of the State. Bethany staff work with the parents during this transition to identify steps to regain stability and be reunited with their children quickly and safely.
Parents voluntarily have their children live with a host family 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
Listen to an Audio Interview about Safe Families for Children
What is Safe Families for Children? Why is it a vital ministry to help stand in the gap for families who may be struggling? Listen to National Safe Families for Children Director, Tim Nolan, talk about his experience and heart for this work.
Ways to Get Involved
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.
Open your home to nurture a child in need as an alternative to foster care.