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Safe Families for Children National USA Safe Families for Children is a nonprofit, volunteer movement that gives hope and support to familie Learn more at www.safe-families.org

The trauma of child abuse can be devastating and have lasting consequences for a child. Many instances of abuse and neglect can be prevented if families in crisis had a support network of caring individuals to help them in a time of need. It is from this philosophy Safe Families for Children (SFFC) was born. In 2003, SFFC founder, Dave Anderson, found that if loving families can provide a safe and

The trauma of child abuse can be devastating and have lasting consequences for a child. Many instances of abuse and neglect can be prevented if families in crisis had a support network of caring individuals to help them in a time of need. It is from this philosophy Safe Families for Children (SFFC) was born. In 2003, SFFC founder, Dave Anderson, found that if loving families can provide a safe and

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"We had them for 4 days. Then, the doctor told Mom she had a month before she was due. Over the next month, my husband a...
01/06/2023

"We had them for 4 days. Then, the doctor told Mom she had a month before she was due. Over the next month, my husband and I took the kids on outings on the weekends so that they would become more comfortable with us. When we received the call that Mom was in labor, they came and stayed with us for another week."
- Rebecca, Host Family
Help more vulnerable children and families like Rebecca and become a Host Family by visiting our website at https://safe-families.org/involvement/host-family/

01/06/2023

"We had them for 4 days. Then, the doctor told Mom she had a month before she was due. Over the next month, my husband and I would take the kids on outings on the weekends so that they would become more comfortable with us. When we received the call that Mom was in labor, they came and stayed with us for another week."
- Rebecca, Host Family

Help more vulnerable children and families like Rebecca and become a Host Family by visiting our website at raleigh.safe-families.org or calling us at 919-346-7051 to learn more and volunteer today!
https://raleigh.safe-families.org/blog/2016/involvement/

The beauty of Safe Families is the unique impact it has on everyone involved including staff, volunteers, and parents we...
01/05/2023
It Takes A Village - Safe Families for Children

The beauty of Safe Families is the unique impact it has on everyone involved including staff, volunteers, and parents we support.
In this month's blog, read WHY our team is so passionate about providing STRONG VILLAGES to every family in the community!

by Kate Swanson, SFFC Chapter Director When you hear the phrase “it takes a village” who do you think of?…Read More

Happy New Year!With the start of a new year let us envision what is ahead in 2023 for families nationwide! More families...
01/03/2023

Happy New Year!

With the start of a new year let us envision what is ahead in 2023 for families nationwide! More families can be surrounded with caring compassionate families, more families can stay together and more children can be safe from abuse and neglect.

When considering your 2023 resolutions, why not impact a whole family by opening your heart and home to keep children sa...
12/31/2022

When considering your 2023 resolutions, why not impact a whole family by opening your heart and home to keep children safe and families together? #

Because of your generosity, Safe Families served thousands of parents facing unmanageable circumstances in 2022 but ther...
12/29/2022

Because of your generosity, Safe Families served thousands of parents facing unmanageable circumstances in 2022 but there is MUCH MORE work in 2023 to keep children safe and families together. Consider a yearend gift at https://safe-families.funraise.org/ and continue your faithful partnership with us as we seek to serve more vulnerable children and families.

We can often take our own families for granted especially during the holiday season. It isn't until we are facing a prob...
12/27/2022

We can often take our own families for granted especially during the holiday season. It isn't until we are facing a problem and need some help that we find ourselves reaching out to our families for support. Family is a Gift!
And, yet, so many parents do not have trusted family members to reach out to when experiencing a crisis. In fact, many parents do not know what it is like to have a family, to care for them, and to walk with them. The most valuable thing to a parent is their child(ren), and they will do everything they can to keep them safe and their families together.

12/22/2022

Merry Christmas from the Safe Families Family!🎄

During the Christmas season, let us all be reminded of the power of opening our hearts and homes!
12/20/2022

During the Christmas season, let us all be reminded of the power of opening our hearts and homes!

This Gift of Family is the most important gift we can offer a parent and child. Giving the Gift of Family could change t...
12/15/2022

This Gift of Family is the most important gift we can offer a parent and child. Giving the Gift of Family could change the trajectory of a family’s situation.
🎁A family won’t have to face a crisis alone
🎁Children will be safe
🎁Families can stay together
When Safe Families walks with a parent and they receive the support and resources needed, they are able to get back on their feet and care for their children well. Give the Gift of Family this Christmas season by visiting https://safe-families.funraise.org/.

Speaking of her experience with Safe Families volunteers, Desalina says:"With them in my life, things have been more eas...
12/13/2022
Speaking of her experience with Safe Families volunteers, Desalina says:

"With them in my life, things have been more easier. They calm me down—especially mentally. I have my own struggles with mental health, so they keep me grounded. They just bring the best person out of me when I don’t see that. It’s like they’re my mirror. 💕

Jessie, Dyan…we are so close. It’s like a family. They love Lani like she was their own. They love me as if I was their own. They’re just great people overall, and I’m just grateful to have them in my life. They’re a great support system. Even though I don’t utilize Safe Families as much, I still have them around. Because it’s more than just Safe Families I guess. I don’t look at them as if a ‘Host Family’ or a ‘Family Friend.’ They’re literally my world. So I don’t know what I would do without them.” 😭

If you would like to give so that more families like Desalina's can experience a caring community of support, please see link in bio or click this link:
https://donorbox.org/general-donations-405?designation=Milwaukee&default_interval=o

So far we have raised $8,150 toward our $30,000 end-of-the-year goal! 18 days and $21,850 to go! 🙌

Once a week until the end of the year, we will release a new video. Please keep sharing and spreading the word! It is making a difference! 🙏

Speaking of her experience with Safe Families volunteers, Desalina says:

"With them in my life, things have been more easier. They calm me down—especially mentally. I have my own struggles with mental health, so they keep me grounded. They just bring the best person out of me when I don’t see that. It’s like they’re my mirror. 💕

Jessie, Dyan…we are so close. It’s like a family. They love Lani like she was their own. They love me as if I was their own. They’re just great people overall, and I’m just grateful to have them in my life. They’re a great support system. Even though I don’t utilize Safe Families as much, I still have them around. Because it’s more than just Safe Families I guess. I don’t look at them as if a ‘Host Family’ or a ‘Family Friend.’ They’re literally my world. So I don’t know what I would do without them.” 😭

If you would like to give so that more families like Desalina's can experience a caring community of support, please see link in bio or click this link: https://donorbox.org/general-donations-405?designation=Milwaukee&default_interval=o

So far we have raised $8,150 toward our $30,000 end-of-the-year goal! 18 days and $21,850 to go! 🙌

Once a week until the end of the year, we will release a new video. Please keep sharing and spreading the word! It is making a difference! 🙏

We were honored to hear directly from parents that we have served about what SFFC has meant to them, and we're now excit...
12/13/2022
What is Safe Families? A Parent's Perspective

We were honored to hear directly from parents that we have served about what SFFC has meant to them, and we're now excited to share with you what they had to say.

We know our volunteers and donors partner with Safe Families because you believe in the transformative power of RELATIONSHIP to build resilient families. And it's exciting to see that parents love Safe Families for the same reason! Would you consider giving the gift of relationships to families facing a crisis in isolation at https://safe-families.funraise.org/

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Hear directly from parents who have been served by Safe Families NYC on how they found the volunteer support impactful.

Be the community this Christmas season and become a volunteer for Safe Families for Children. At SFFC, we focus on build...
12/09/2022

Be the community this Christmas season and become a volunteer for Safe Families for Children. At SFFC, we focus on building transformational relationships around the families we serve. Not only are the families we serve transformed, but volunteer families are too.
Give your children the gift of seeing God's love in action and teach them about service and the biblical nature of radical hospitality. Open your heart to volunteering this holiday season and visit https://sfcms.net/apply/.

💙Relationships are the focus of Safe Families and new research confirms they make all the difference! The simple answer ...
12/06/2022
Council Post: Dear Social Sector: Relationships, Not Services, Beat Poverty

💙Relationships are the focus of Safe Families and new research confirms they make all the difference!

The simple answer is that diverse friendships give people access to resources and support far beyond those provided by services. Here at SFFC, we are in the business of building relationships to support families facing significant life stressors.

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Whatever path you take, remember that relationships across differences make all the difference.

Exciting life change happening as people find out about Safe Families in their community. Interested in knowing more abo...
12/05/2022

Exciting life change happening as people find out about Safe Families in their community. Interested in knowing more about bringing SFFC to your neck of the woods?

Interested in becoming a volunteer but are unsure? View this family story to show you the kind of IMPACT you could have on someone's life.

A single mom with 7 children and pregnant, contacted Safe Families stating she could not pay her rent and was facing eviction. Mom stated she had received Safe Families services previously during one of her previous pregnancies. Mom stated she contacted CPS for assistance and was provided a list of shelters. Mom explained she contacted the shelters and they informed her they could not take her and all of her children. Safe Families was able to host two of her children while she went through the eviction process, and the last few months of her pregnancy and were able to find temporary housing with family. Safe Families connected her with one host family, a family friend, a family coach and the Safe Families Welcome Baby Team. Through family coaching she was connected with community services and local churches that provided financial assistance, assistance with back to school items, and baby items.

Do you have room around your table? Listen to what one parent appreciates the most! 💚"Although the help is greatly appre...
12/02/2022
Setting the Table and Making the Invite - Safe Families for Children

Do you have room around your table? Listen to what one parent appreciates the most! 💚
"Although the help is greatly appreciated, I mostly value the bonds created, the support, the genuine love, and care Safe Families has brought to my family."
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Lori Key, Chapter Director Safe Families for Children DFW In the foster community the system, while well-intentioned, can create a…Read More

Let's all work together to keep children safe this Christmas season!
12/01/2022
Q&A: Tips to keep children safe this holiday season

Let's all work together to keep children safe this Christmas season!

The holidays are a time when families come together to bond and create memories. Holidays can also be especially important to children to create a sense of security and belonging, and parents should keep their safety in mind.

11/30/2022

✅IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GIVE!
Would you consider making a donation this giving season to Safe Families at https://safe-families.funraise.org/
Almost 20 years ago, Dave Anderson and his wife were met with a family in crisis that needed some help. While some family crises require a child to be taken into foster care, most families require community, relational support, and some space and time to get back on track. Families do not always need to be separated to keep children safe, often parents just need one good friend.
Safe Families is making a difference for families internationally, and you can share in the vision and see the mission take place in your own church and community.

Through your financial support on Giving Tuesday, we can continue to serve families and keep more children out of the fo...
11/29/2022

Through your financial support on Giving Tuesday, we can continue to serve families and keep more children out of the foster care system! Would you consider a one-time gift or a monthly partnership with us by going to https://safe-families.funraise.org/

Will you consider helping us decrease the number of children entering the foster care system by making a donation to Saf...
11/28/2022

Will you consider helping us decrease the number of children entering the foster care system by making a donation to Safe Families for Children? Giving Tuesday is tomorrow, and we thank you in advance for investing in the mission to help keep children safe and families together!

This Thanksgiving week, we want all our SF volunteers to know how grateful we are for you. Without you, we can't accompl...
11/23/2022

This Thanksgiving week, we want all our SF volunteers to know how grateful we are for you. Without you, we can't accomplish the mission of keeping children safe and families together!

Awesome article by Evan Feinberg, executive director of Stand Together Foundation. Relationships do matter and have the ...
11/22/2022
Council Post: Dear Social Sector: Relationships, Not Services, Beat Poverty

Awesome article by Evan Feinberg, executive director of Stand Together Foundation. Relationships do matter and have the power to transform lives and strengthen families facing significant life stressors.

Whatever path you take, remember that relationships across differences make all the difference.

11/17/2022

Giving Tuesday is a day everyone can give back to causes they care about and really impact community transformation!

What makes Safe Families effective in supporting families is our Circle of Support that wraps around those hosting child...
11/15/2022

What makes Safe Families effective in supporting families is our Circle of Support that wraps around those hosting children and walking with parents providing relationships and resources. We do believe it takes a village, and we partner with local churches to effectively reach the community by opening their hearts and homes to families facing significant life stressors. Find out more about being a part of a Circle of Support at https://safe-families.org/involvement/. There is a role for everyone!

Life-changing connections enable parents to feel seen and heard when experiencing an unmanageable crisis in isolation. W...
11/10/2022
Providing Hope - Safe Families for Children

Life-changing connections enable parents to feel seen and heard when experiencing an unmanageable crisis in isolation. We are spotlighting our SFFC Oklahoma chapter this month and sharing how PROVIDING HOPE changes lives for everyone involved at https://safe-families.org/blog/2022/providing-hope/.

by Jessica Waszak, SFFC Oklahoma Chapter Director Recently, I attended a Hope Rising Summit and was impressed by the facilitator’s…Read More

11/08/2022
The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) exists to help Christians fully engage in the process of transfor...
11/03/2022

The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) exists to help Christians fully engage in the process of transformation in their communities. We are honored to be an exhibitor at this year's annual conference and are making connections across the country and telling people about our mission to keep children safe and families together.

What is the best solution? Strong and supported parents so families can stay together and kids don't have to enter the c...
11/01/2022

What is the best solution? Strong and supported parents so families can stay together and kids don't have to enter the child welfare system. Safe Families for Children is about proactive and prevention solutions that keep children safe and families supported when facing a crisis situation.

Find out more about walking with families and being a part of the solution at https://safe-families.org/involvement/.

We talk a lot about building Circles of Support around parents so we can work together to support children and families ...
10/27/2022

We talk a lot about building Circles of Support around parents so we can work together to support children and families while we support each other. This is the beauty of Safe Families... all participants receive the blessing of SUPPORTIVE RELATIONSHIPS.

Volunteer today to keep children safe and families together. You can support a family in your community in so many ways! Visit sfcms.net/apply/ to join the movement!

Utilizing early prevention services, like Safe Families, has been shown to reduce the need for children to enter the fos...
10/20/2022

Utilizing early prevention services, like Safe Families, has been shown to reduce the need for children to enter the foster care system. Our mission is simple - to keep children safe and families together by providing the needed relationships and resources to do so. Circle a family facing significant life stressors with support by going to www.safe-families.org.

Too many children are entering the system because isolated parents lack the support and relationships necessary to rebou...
10/18/2022

Too many children are entering the system because isolated parents lack the support and relationships necessary to rebound from a crisis situation. With economic uncertainty and climbing inflation, we need more families willing to stand in the gap for vulnerable children.

Will you join our efforts? We need compassionate and caring people willing to walk alongside parents and be like extended family members. And if necessary, host children while families get back on their feet. There is a role for everyone, so check out how you can help keep children safe and out of the foster care system at https://safe-families.org/about/.

Life change occurs when we walk with families in TRUSTED RELATIONSHIPS. Read this month's blog about building relationsh...
10/13/2022
Experiencing Life Change as We Walk with Families - Safe Families for Children

Life change occurs when we walk with families in TRUSTED RELATIONSHIPS. Read this month's blog about building relationships with parents that are really like extended family!

I had been the chapter director in Raleigh/Durham for slightly more than a month when my Family Coach Supervisor called…Read More

A SHOUT OUT to all amazing pastors at Safe Families Churches that live out biblical hospitality by engaging their congre...
10/11/2022

A SHOUT OUT to all amazing pastors at Safe Families Churches that live out biblical hospitality by engaging their congregations to open their hearts and homes to isolated families in their communities!
We appreciate you and are grateful for your partnership in the mission to help keep children safe and families together!

Just completed our 2022 Fall Gathering with the BEST EVER staff! We are united around our shared vision to keep children...
10/06/2022

Just completed our 2022 Fall Gathering with the BEST EVER staff! We are united around our shared vision to keep children safe and families together! We are so blessed and humbled to have the most committed and gifted team who work tirelessly everyday to give hope and support to families who have on where to turn.

Just completed our 2022 Fall Gathering with the BEST EVER staff! We are united around our shared vision to keep children...
10/06/2022

Just completed our 2022 Fall Gathering with the BEST EVER staff! We are united around our shared vision to keep children safe and families together! We are so blessed and humbled to have the most committed and gifted team who work tirelessly everyday to give hope and support to families who have on where to turn.

Do you want to get your church involved with Safe Families for Children? The church is the community and the backbone of...
09/29/2022

Do you want to get your church involved with Safe Families for Children? The church is the community and the backbone of our model where we recruit our volunteers to support and serve families!
To learn more about being a Partner Church, follow these THREE steps:
1. Contact your local Safe Families Chapter (https://safe-families.org/locations/)
2. Identify a volunteer leader to become a Ministry Lead and
3. Work with local staff to define your goals, develop a plan, and set a launch date for your new ministry.
Be a change agent in your community!

Loving, stable, and responsive relationships are fundamental to your child’s development. Through relationships, childre...
09/27/2022

Loving, stable, and responsive relationships are fundamental to your child’s development. Through relationships, children learn how to think, understand, communicate, behave, express emotions and develop social skills. Children’s relationships shape the way they see the world and affect all areas of their development. And when your child feels safe and attached, your child is more likely to have the confidence to explore their world.

At Safe Families, we encourage community relationships - for the parent and the child. It takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community and support to feel secure. If you or someone you know is experiencing isolation, we're here for you & them. We want to ensure every family can live fully by having supportive relationships and a secure community!

Have you started the volunteer process lately and life has just gotten in the way? Well, it's never too late to jump bac...
09/22/2022

Have you started the volunteer process lately and life has just gotten in the way? Well, it's never too late to jump back in to complete the process to be a Host Family, Family Friend, or Family Coach.
Reach out to your chapter and join the SFFC movement to keep children safe and families together. We need more families to stand in the gap for parents living in isolation and without a supportive community!

Every day, there are lives changed by the simple actions of hospitality, generosity, and compassion. With so many famili...
09/20/2022

Every day, there are lives changed by the simple actions of hospitality, generosity, and compassion. With so many families facing unexpected challenges due to our current economic climate, it is imperative to have an army of willing and ready volunteers to stand in the gap to host children and support parents.

Read one family's account of saying "Yes" to supporting a mom facing a crisis at https://safe-families.org/blog/2022/saying-yes/.

The nation’s foster care system has been especially overwhelmed by the pandemic, with experts and state agencies expecti...
09/16/2022

The nation’s foster care system has been especially overwhelmed by the pandemic, with experts and state agencies expecting more children will enter the system this year if families are not properly supported with services and resources. Many families, even when they are doing all the right things are just one crisis away from major instability in their lives.

What are we disrupting? The prevalence of forced removals versus voluntary action taken on behalf of the family themselves as they attempt to seek help during a time of crisis. We need people like you to share the mission and movement to help keep children safe and families together. For more information go to https://safe-families.org/involvement/.

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The trauma of child abuse can be devastating and have lasting consequences for a child. Many instances of abuse and neglect can be prevented if families in crisis had a support network of caring individuals to help them in a time of need. It is from this philosophy Safe Families for Children (SFFC) was born. In 2003, SFFC founder, Dr. Dave Anderson, found that if loving families can provide a safe and caring environment for a child at critical times, we can not only prevent harm to children, but we can enhance a parent's ability to provide what that child needs. Safe Families for Children is a national movement of compassion that gives hope to families in crisis. A network of volunteers provide safe, loving homes for parents to voluntarily have their children cared for while they restore stability in their own lives. Our dedication to family support, stabilization, and child abuse prevention is driven by responsibility for the well-being of children in our communities. SFFC partners with churches, local community agencies, volunteer families as well as government organizations across the country. The SFFC network provides essential extended family-like relationships to thousands of children and families each year. Learn more at www.safe-families.org

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According to a child, Radical Hospitality means "love and an open door." We couldn't agree more! Check out how our volunteers have impacted families facing crisis by just loving people where they are and welcoming them into their homes at https://safe-families.org/about/testimonials/.
Safe Families is in the business of hospitality! Our first core value is Radical Hospitality, and it can be defined as a practice of putting "extraordinary effort" and emphasis on making people feel welcome. What does that mean?
Simply put, we want to be the ones running toward crisis and confronting the harsh realities of our society. There are many struggling with the economic realities of rising prices for housing, transportation, and groceries. Find out how you can come alongside and support a family in your community!
The beauty of the SFFC model and volunteer relationships is that we have the opportunity to help people in the community feel known and loved. That is what hospitality is all about.

Check out this month's blog about building relationships that empower families and build strong communities. https://safe-families.org/blog/2022/when-life-gives-you-lemons-make-lemonade/
The term “radical hospitality can be defined as a practice of putting extraordinary effort and emphasis on making people feel welcome. This concept is often referred to as “radical welcome,” and focuses on breaking down barriers that prevent people from opening their hearts and homes.

What extraordinary effort and emphasis can you place on helping keep children safe and families supported when facing a crisis?
This summer, Safe Families is taking a deep dive into our core values of Radical Hospitality, Disruptive Generosity, and Intentional Compassion! These values lay the foundation for what we are all about as a movement.

Living these values out and asking others to follow is no small task, BUT we believe keeping children safe and families together is well worth the sacrifice of our time, talent, and treasure! Find out more at www.safe-families.org/involvement/
Safe Families believes a movement of radical hospitality can help keep more children safe from abuse and neglect and out of the foster care system.

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month and supporting parents facing a crisis can make all the difference to keeping more families together. Find out more at www.safe-families.net.
When communities come together with shared solutions--real change can happen. Join the Safe Families movement to help keep children safe and families intact. Go to www.safe-families.org to find out more about being a changemaker in your community!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Mental health issues affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers, and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit in the same church pew. Showing intentional compassion means being aware and practicing active listening with a family member, friend, or co-worker.
Please join us for our 2022 Virtual Community Forum on May 19th where practicing psychiatrist and author, Dr. Curt Thompson MD, will be exploring the interpersonal neurobiology of building healthy communities through eradicating shame. To register for the event, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-community-forum-registration-304116268947?fbclid=IwAR1O_Huvci9zjlqXRTJhp8DvHTyAGS8eNFGRRjm6U9wMxwCGo2YwZsT4XhU.
Please join us for our 2022 Virtual Community Forum on May 19th where practicing psychiatrist and author, Dr. Curtis Thompson MD, will be exploring the interpersonal neurobiology of building healthy communities through eradicating shame. To register for the event, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-community-forum-registration-304116268947.
What does it really mean to live the "good life?" Hear how people of all ages and stages are joining the Safe Families movement to help keep children safe and families together!
https://safe-families.org/blog/2022/what-does-it-mean-to-live-the-good-life/
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