Safe Families for Children/Central PA

Safe Families for Children/Central PA Many children need a safe place to go while their parents deal with a crisis. Learn how you can prov

Safe Families for Children
Ministering God’s Love to Families in Need

Safe Families for Children offers volunteers an opportunity to transform their communities by reaching out to care for children whose parents are facing challenges. Right from their own homes, families participate in ministry by offering hospitality, hope, and the love of Christ to families in a crisis that could temporarily je

opardize the parents’ ability to provide safety and stability for their children. As a Safe Family, volunteers host children for a short period of time, allowing the child's parent(s) to focus on resolving the issues that led to the crisis. The average length of a child's stay in a Safe Family home is about 45 days but is assessed on a case-by-case basis and can vary in length, depending on the needs of child and each family. After being screened and trained by Bethany staff, volunteers join a support network offering families temporary respite care for their children during the earliest signs of a crisis. Safe Families, who are primarily from area churches, open their homes and provide a child with a safe, nurturing place to live while his or her parents work to bring stability back to their family. Because placement with a Safe Family is voluntary, parents never have to worry about losing custody of their children while they work out their problems, and they may request that their children return at any time. Safe Families is not foster care or adoption—the goal of the program is the reunification of children with their biological parent(s) in a home that is more stable and healthy. Mothers and fathers going through a temporary crisis can request a volunteer Safe Family to host their children (from newborns through age 17) while they work to resolve the issues that led to the situation. Most children placed with a Safe Family are 6 years old or younger. Whenever possible, children stay with a family in the same community and remain in contact with their biological parents through phone calls and visits. In addition to screening and training volunteers, Bethany also offers ongoing support to volunteers as they care for children. Bethany also works with the biological parents during the placement to help them identify steps to regain stability and be reunited with their child quickly and safely.

In 2019, we said "yes" to hosting for the first time - a 3-year-old boy for a weekend or two a month for the summer to p...
12/07/2023

In 2019, we said "yes" to hosting for the first time - a 3-year-old boy for a weekend or two a month for the summer to provide respite to his godmother. That little boy and his infant brother were met with crises for multiple caregivers, and even after their relationship with Safe Families ended we were able to be a kinship placement for them through CPS for almost 2 years. We would have never known them or their mom without Safe Families!
Those boys and their mom have since become like family. We've experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows through our relationship and God has been with us every step of the way. It's both the hardest and best thing I've been a part of. Praise God for how he can use a "yes"!

"After we welcomed two children to our family, we felt complete. However, we felt we had MORE to give and wanted our chi...
12/05/2023

"After we welcomed two children to our family, we felt complete. However, we felt we had MORE to give and wanted our children to have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus's love.

That's where our adventure with Safe Families began. It has given us access to those in our community who could use the love and time we have to offer. We get a call, and we get to say YES!

We have had close to 15 hostings with the desire to continue on too many more. Even though there is an added busyness, an uptick in the chaos level, a stretching and a growing of love and patience we always come out of a hosting blessed, experiencing the peace that passes understanding, and feeling the grace that God bestows upon us." The Rector Family

We couldn't be more grateful for the generosity of so many to support the mission of Safe Families. We are humbled by so...
11/30/2023

We couldn't be more grateful for the generosity of so many to support the mission of Safe Families. We are humbled by so many that gave of their time, talent, and treasure to help keep children safe and families together!

11/23/2023
We invite you to invest in the mission of radical hospitality to keep children safe and families supported in your commu...
11/21/2023

We invite you to invest in the mission of radical hospitality to keep children safe and families supported in your community!

11/16/2023

Family Friends surround families with support and make a huge difference in their lives! To get more information on the role of Family Friend, go to https://bit.ly/3N9DhQH.

11/14/2023

The beauty of a hosting is that a family can serve and make an impact TOGETHER in their community! A hosting can be just for one day, a 'day hosting' or, they can be a bit longer, lasting anywhere from one night to 364 days! Nationally, the average is about 30 days and differs from chapter to chapter.
To get more information about hosting, go to https://bit.ly/46dpKOG.

11/07/2023

The power of community and support is at the heart of the Safe Families model. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that no parent faces crises alone.💙

We are moving Safe Families Sunday to February! Please check out our 2024 SF Sunday Guidebook at  https://bit.ly/3skxUH1...
11/02/2023

We are moving Safe Families Sunday to February! Please check out our 2024 SF Sunday Guidebook at https://bit.ly/3skxUH1 and start planning how your church can support vulnerable children and isolated families in your community.

11/01/2023

Disruptive Generosity is one of our core values at Safe Families! It is our goal to give generously of our time, talent, and treasure to see isolated families feel supported and loved in our communities. Will you support Safe Families as we support families?

When you support Safe Families for Children, we get to support more parents! Would you consider investing in our mission...
10/26/2023

When you support Safe Families for Children, we get to support more parents! Would you consider investing in our mission to help keep children safe and families together?

As a movement that works with local churches and pastors, we want to say THANK YOU for shepherding the flock, for feedin...
10/25/2023

As a movement that works with local churches and pastors, we want to say THANK YOU for shepherding the flock, for feeding His sheep, for faithfully leading His people. We also pray for you, your families, your ministry, and those you have been called to serve.
Show your appreciation to your pastor:
10 Simple & Effective Ideas This Pastor Appreciation Month to Honor Clergy Members and Their Families - https://bit.ly/3Q2XacE.

Hosting is a centerpiece of the Safe Families relational model as we seek to provide a comprehensive circle of support f...
10/24/2023

Hosting is a centerpiece of the Safe Families relational model as we seek to provide a comprehensive circle of support for the families that we serve. In this Op-ed, a NYC mom shares why hosting should be in New York. There is currently a lawsuit against the state's adopted hosting regulations. Oral arguments on the case are tomorrow in Albany, and we would ask people to pray!
https://bit.ly/3Si3Mqt

Carly Dillard argues in favor of New York continuing to regulate and permit host homes for families in crisis.

We are celebrating the impact of disruptive generosity demonstrated by thousands of Safe Families' volunteers over the p...
10/19/2023

We are celebrating the impact of disruptive generosity demonstrated by thousands of Safe Families' volunteers over the past 20 years! We believe unleashing generosity can change lives and transform communities!

10/17/2023

Prayer is the fuel for the Safe Families movement! By supporting Safe Families in prayer, you help us achieve our mission and change lives. Check out our prayer guide at https://safe-families.org/involvement/pray/.

Home Gatherings are a great way to celebrate and share the mission with friends and family! Check out our Home Gathering...
10/13/2023

Home Gatherings are a great way to celebrate and share the mission with friends and family! Check out our Home Gathering booklet here https://simplebooklet.com/homegatheringbooklet and reach out to your local staff to see about hosting one as a part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration!

10/05/2023

Hear this mother-daughter team share how they got involved, and the impact they are making as a family! There is a role for everyone to play in keeping children safe and families together. https://safe-families.org/involvement/

We love hearing WHY families are serving with Safe Families. There truly is a role for everyone!
10/03/2023

We love hearing WHY families are serving with Safe Families. There truly is a role for everyone!

09/21/2023

Help us Celebrate! Would you SHARE THIS POST with your network to get the word out about Safe Families for Children?

Help us celebrate our 20-year Anniversary by sharing how Safe Families has impacted you and your family! We would love t...
09/19/2023

Help us celebrate our 20-year Anniversary by sharing how Safe Families has impacted you and your family! We would love to hear from you by using this link, https://bit.ly/3Lr1tgk

09/15/2023

Hear how Radical Hospitality is encouraging families to open their hearts and homes to help keep children safe and families together!

20 years ago, founder Dave Anderson wondered if families would use their homes as vehicles of HOSPITALITY to serve vulne...
09/12/2023

20 years ago, founder Dave Anderson wondered if families would use their homes as vehicles of HOSPITALITY to serve vulnerable children and parents. The answer is YES with over 76,000 hosting arrangements to keep children safe and families together!

Safe Families for Children was founded with the belief that Radical Hospitality displayed by the Church could transform and heal communities. We celebrate that core value and thank the thousands of volunteers who have opened their hearts and homes to support families facing crisis situations.

We are celebrating 20 Years of the Safe Families movement! Over this time, we have grown to over 100 chapters nationwide...
09/07/2023

We are celebrating 20 Years of the Safe Families movement! Over this time, we have grown to over 100 chapters nationwide serving local communities to help keep children safe and families together.

09/05/2023

We have BIG news! We are kicking off our 20th Anniversary Celebration this week! Because of YOU, we have supported over 40,000 parents and children nationwide as a Safe Families movement. parents

Social awareness is the ability to empathize with and understand the perspective of someone else, even though their back...
08/31/2023

Social awareness is the ability to empathize with and understand the perspective of someone else, even though their background and culture might differ from yours. It's vital to understand the viewpoint of another person's feelings, intentions, thoughts, or views of a particular situation. At Safe Families, we value social awareness to increase a healthy understanding of diverse families and cultures.

Here are some ways adults can support kids to practice social awareness, perspective-taking, and empathy at home:

1. Read books with your kids and talk about how the characters are feeling and reacting. Identify the emotions and then talk about why the character feels that way or how you know.

2. Talk about your own emotions with your kids. Label your feelings and explain what made you feel that way. If you have negative emotions, talk about what would help you to feel better.

3. If a conflict arises, ask your child to think about how the other person might feel.

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Safe Families for Children Ministering God’s Love to Families in Need Safe Families for Children offers volunteers an opportunity to transform their communities by reaching out to care for children whose parents are facing challenges. Right from their own homes, families participate in ministry by offering hospitality, hope, and the love of Christ to families in a crisis that could temporarily jeopardize the parents’ ability to provide safety and stability for their children. As a Host Family, volunteers host children for a short period of time, allowing the child's parent(s) to focus on resolving the issues that led to the crisis. The average length of a child's stay in a Host Family home is about 45 days but is assessed on a case-by-case basis and can vary in length, depending on the needs of child and each family. After being screened and trained by Bethany staff, volunteers join a support network offering families temporary respite care for their children during the earliest signs of a crisis. Safe Families, who are primarily from area churches, open their homes and provide a child with a safe, nurturing place to live while his or her parents work to bring stability back to their family. Because placement with a Host Family is voluntary, parents never have to worry about losing custody of their children while they work out their problems, and they may request that their children return at any time. Safe Families is not foster care or adoption—the goal of the program is the reunification of children with their biological parent(s) in a home that is more stable and healthy. Mothers and fathers going through a temporary crisis can request a volunteer Host Family to host their children (from newborns through age 17) while they work to resolve the issues that led to the situation. Most children placed with a Host Family are 6 years old or younger. Whenever possible, children stay with a family in the same community and remain in contact with their biological parents through phone calls and visits. In addition to screening and training volunteers, Bethany also offers ongoing support to volunteers as they care for children. Bethany also works with the biological parents during the placement to help them identify steps to regain stability and be reunited with their child quickly and safely.

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