Safe Families For Children
Safe Families for Children hosts vulnerable children and creates extended family-like supports for families facing a crisis through a community of compassionate volunteers to keep children safe and families together.
By statute, most state child welfare agencies are only allowed to provide an alternative home placement for children when the child has been adjudicated as a victim of abuse or neglect. This leaves thousands of children and their families in difficult situations who are experiencing financial crisis, unemployment, and homelessness. Others are dealing with family violence, parental drug and/or alcohol use, illness or incarceration. During such crises, many parents struggle to provide a safe and caring environment for their children. Historically, the extended family often stepped in to support parents by taking care of children for short periods of time, and neighbors came alongside families in crisis. However, many families are socially isolated, and their extended family is non-existent or not available. This places children at risk for neglect or abuse as their parents struggle to cope with crushing circumstances and emotions. Without assistance, many of these situations will lead to the recurrence of abuse/neglect episodes with long-lasting consequences for the child. The goal of SFFC is to provide voluntary services to families experiencing a time of crisis.
Call Andy Micka, Director for more information (541) 523-9845