Safe Families for Children is an organization that provides a short-term, safe alternative for parents who cannot care for their children. Reasons for not being able to care for their children can range anywhere from recuperating from surgery to trying to secure childcare while starting a new job. Safe Families are volunteers who step forward to temporarily care for the children. The average length of stay is six weeks.
Safe Families was founded in 2002 by LYDIA Home Association, a Chicago based Christian social service agency
A host family should:
- Able to support child during stay.
- Be over the age of 25 and be emotionally stable, mature and law abiding.
- Not abuse drugs and alcohol.
- Refrain from profanity and other potentially damaging behavior.
- Be sufficiently healthy and active in order to keep up with the demands of caring for a Safe Families child.
- Be involved or willing to work with a Safe Family host church.
Besides being a host family, there are other opportunities to volunteer. Help is needed in providing resources like diapers, car seats, or respite care. For other opportunities or to apply to be a Safe Family go to the website: