Safe Families for Children began in Chicago 10 years ago and is now implemented in 70 cities across the country as well as the United Kingdom and Kenya. In the Mid-Willamette Valley, Safe Families for Children is implemented by Catholic Community Services and is a program of Fostering Hope Initiative. Safe Families for Children of the Mid-Willamette Valley currently has 80 active volunteers and serves families in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties.
Safe Families for Children is a network of volunteer families who support children and families in their community through friendship and respite. Safe Families for Children volunteers act as a natural support system for families who are isolated, overwhelmed, or experiencing a temporary crisis such as homelessness, a medical emergency, a death of a loved one . . . ect. Safe Families for Children volunteers might host a child in their home for a period of time, befriend an isolated parent by offering advice and encouragement, or support other Safe Families for Children volunteers with encouragement or assistance with concrete resources while they serve (food, clothing, diapers. . . ect.)