Get to Know Safe Families for Children

 
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When a crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and friends for support. But for some parents, this is not an option. Safe Families seeks to come alongside parents in crisis while they get back on their feet by providing a loving, temporary home for children. Hostings can last for as little as a couple of days to several months.

By extending hospitality to others in need, Safe Families for Children returns the Church to its historic role of caring for the orphan and the widow. The scriptures lead us to make room in our busy, well-protected lives to minister to others and help a stranger. In early church times, hospitality was considered dangerous and even radical, yet it served as a foundational ministry.

How Safe Families Works

Through a network of volunteers, Safe Families host children of at-risk families in approved homes for an average of 6 weeks. We engage faith communities to recruit and support volunteers. In addition to host families, families in need are connected with a Family Coach and Family Friends. A Family Coach comes alongside families in crisis to help them make the necessary changes to bring stability to their family’s life. They can provide guidance in helping someone find work or secure an apartment. Family Friends can provide encouragement and perform small tasks such as babysitting or transportation.

Core Values

  • Radical Hospitality

  • Compassion Fueled by Mercy

  • Disruptive Generosity

Objectives

Keep children safe during a family crisis such as homelessness, hospitalization, domestic violence in an effort to prevent child abuse and/or neglect.

Support, and stabilize families in crisis by surrounding them with caring, compassionate community.

Reunite families and reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system. We seek to be an alternative to foster care,where appropriate.

Your Opportunity

On June 8, we will have two training sessions that will prepare you to participate in Safe Families. Sign up for one or both!

Family Friend Training (8:30am-noon): Family Friends voluntarily connect with at-risk families in order to encourage and strengthen these families so that they may thrive. Family Friends can also support Host Families in many different ways including providing meals, respite care, and transportation. This training will lay the groundwork for learning how to engage with families in crisis as well as care for their children who are in host homes. Join us as we complete this training together on June 8th from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm in Gallery 14. Lunch is provided.

Host Family Training (1-4pm): Host Families voluntarily take in children for short periods of time. These families are screened and approved by Safe Families for Children. As a Host Family, you will make a lasting impression on a child in need and possibly change the trajectory of a family in crisis. This training will cover everything from welcoming the child into your home to returning that child to his home. Join us as we complete this training together on June 8th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Gallery 14. Lunch is provided.

If you have any questions, email the Four Oaks Killearn Safe Families Coordinator, Lois Abbott.

Debbie Tanis