Safe Families provides a chance for parents to get back on their feet before abuse and neglect occur. Parents experiencing a temporary crisis can arrange for their children to stay with families of faith while they address the issues that lead to their situation.
Safe Families is a national movement of compassion that is preventing child abuse by encouraging the Church to resume its historical and Biblical responsibility for vulnerable children by becoming part of the support network for these children’s parents.
BCHFS is proud to serve as implementers for Safe Families network in Southern Illinois. Learn more about the Safe Families movement by visiting their website.
Become involved in Safe Families for Children
Safe Families volunteers can make a powerful impact in the lives of others while being transformed themselves by practicing Biblical hospitality and extending the love of Christ to people in need. There are a variety of ways to participate in your area:
Host Families are volunteers who practice Biblical hospitality by opening their homes to children while their parents resolve short term crises.
Family Friends are volunteer mentors who come alongside parents to support them in making the necessary changes to their lives. Family Friends help to address the problem of parental isolation, which is at the root of why most parents seek out Safe Families. Placement of children is not need to be connected to a family friend.
Resource Friends Resource
Friends provide assistance to parents and other volunteers in the Safe Families network through the armature services they can offer such as baby-sitting, transportation, and lawn care; professional services they can offer such as physicians, dentists, mental health professionals, barbers, and teachers; and physical objects they can donate such as diapers, formula, and gently used baby equipment and children’s clothing.
Support for Existing Situations
If a relative or friend is already caring for a child and in need of support, Safe Families welcomes them into a vibrant volunteer network by making home support visits, inviting them to community groups and giving them the access to physical resources in order to strengthen them as they provide a stable environment for a child.
YouShare.org is an online outlet for giving that builds transformational relationships between resource-differentiated families. It connects the specific of local families with the resources and talents of their neighbors.
Church Leadership Teams
Churches can deepen their involvement in the Safe Families movement with Church Coordinators who build ways for all of the volunteers to work together to sustain each other, including support groups, “clothing closets,” child care networks and other services.