Safe Families Volunteer Meeting
Join us Saturday, June 17 8:30am to 1pm
Host: Wheaton Christian Center
610 E. North Ave Carol Stream, IL (630) 653-1044
Volunteers & Interested Families Sign Up Here
Learn more: Safe Families Website
Founded in Chicago in 2003, Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) is a non profit volunteer movement that gives hope and support to families in distress. Located in 70 cities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and other countries, Safe Families supports families during crises. We are motivated by compassion to keep children safe and out of foster care.
Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) provides breathing room and support for parents in crisis, giving them time to get back on their feet while their children are cared for in a safe and loving environment.
Volunteers who host children and support parents are known as Host Families and are recruited from a large network of faith communities. Parents in crisis, called the Placing Family, willingly place their children with a safe, loving, and thoroughly screened volunteer Host Family for a short period of time. They can reunite with their children at any time. Both the Placing Family and the Host Family participate voluntarily, with no compensation or expectation of adoption.
Since 2002, Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) has placed more than 20,000 children in Host Family homes in the United States. The number of placements is even higher when combined with existing efforts in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Africa. On average, a child stays with a Host Family for slightly less than 40 days. Parents are referred for a variety of reasons but mostly because of an unstable living environment or crisis. The majority of children hosted are younger than 5 years of age, and 93% return to their parent or a relative who is in a better position to care for them.