Safe Families for Children

Safe Families for Children is foster care prevention.

    Without support, children in the foster care system face hard odds:
  • Over 30% of foster youth will be incarcerated *
  • 40% of foster youth experience homelessness after emancipation *
  • 25% of emancipated foster youth report substance use and abuse *
  • Only 50% of former foster youth report completing high school **

If you are a parent in crisis who needs a safe place for your children, please call our 24/7 helpline: 907.277.0925

What is Safe Families for Children?

Safe Families for Children (SFFC) is a movement of compassion and hospitality across the United States and around the world. SFFC provides a safe place for parents to voluntarily place their children in safe homes while facing crisis. These Safe Families provide a secure, temporary, loving environment for children so parents have the time and ability to face their situation without putting their children through unnecessary trauma or exposing them to dangerous situations, such as homelessness or neglect.

The History of SFFC:

Safe Families for Children was founded in Chicago in 2003. Partnering with local churches, the SFFC movement empowers the community to care for those in need. There are 37 states participating with 75 individual Safe Families sites throughout the United States as well as there being several Safe Families sites in Canada, 12 regions in England, Scotland, and Wales. There have been over 23,000 Safe Families placements and 92% of the children are able to safely return to either a parent or family member.

Why does SFFC work?

Social Isolation is a huge factor in abuse and neglect situations. Every family that utilizes the SFFC movement steps out of social isolation and into support. Parents have the ability to confidently ask for help for themselves and their families without the fear of being judged or condemned for their situation.

  • Biological parents maintain full custody
  • Families are reunited as soon as possible
  • Volunteer families are extensively screened and supported
  • Need based length of stay (average of 6 weeks, ranging from two days to a year)

What role can I play?

Host Family

Families who are willing and able to open their homes to a child (or children) in need for a temporary amount of time. Host families go through an application process, background checks, finger printing, online training and a home safety assurance check to ensure that the children in our community are being placed within safe and loving homes every time.

Family Coach

The volunteer that ties everyone in a placement together, a Family Coach facilitates visitation between hosted children and their biological parents, are the link between the host family and resources needed provided by the church community, keep the peace between Host Family and Placing Family, and ensure the safety and security of children during placement. This role requires roughly 2-4 hours per placement per week, and family coaches do not generally have back-to-back placement needs.

Family Friend

Individuals who have a desire to love, serve, and support our Safe Families children and Host Families through their time, skills, and resources. Family Friends support Host Families through their hosting process by providing anything from financial support, respite care, and house cleaning to car repairs, or transportation. Family friends are vital to ensure that homes stay safe that that Host Families do not become isolated themselves while they serve and sacrifice for the family in their care.

Helpline Volunteer

The 24 hour SFFC Helpline is manned by staff during regular business hours. Volunteers are committed to answering the forwarded phone number during times the office is closed.

 

Safe Families for Children Alaska is on the move and we want you and your church to be part of it! For more information, please contact us at SafeFamilies@Beaconhillak.com.

Safe Families for Children Alaska is a movement being implemented by Beacon Hill in Anchorage, Alaska

 

*Stott, Tania. “Child and Adolescence Social Work Journal” Springer Science Business Media LLC (2012) 29:61-83

** Yates, Tuppett M. and Grey, Izabela K. “Adapting and aging our: Profiles of risk and resilience among emancipated foster youth” Development and Psychopathology (2012), 475-492