Safe Families for Children
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Safe Families for Children creates extended family-like support for families in crisis through a community of compassionate volunteers.  They keep families safe and intact by organizing vetted and trained volunteers from local churches to offer a broad community of support for families who feel overwhelmed or isolated. Volunteers seek to empower, encourage, and strengthen families through mutually beneficial relationships. Safe Families for Children seeks to prevent the need for state intervention by supporting families before stress and isolation put them at risk for neglect and abuse.

The Safe Families movement is 85% volunteer-driven. Volunteers are crucial to the success of Safe Families. Safe Families staff supports volunteers as they connect with families.
Our grant dollars support the successful launch of Safe Families into NYC including staff support and other administration costs necessary for the successful intake of children in need.
Safe Families draws faith-based communities around families in crisis, providing a full support network to ensure that the family is supported through and beyond their circumstances.

There are a variety of volunteer roles to come alongside overwhelmed families. The roles are flexible and volunteers can offer support according to their skills, interests, and availability.

Family Friend

Helps parents to increase the stability of their lives, their home environment and their parenting, in order to improve the well-being of their children. They are volunteers who befriend, mentor and support parents through their crisis, helping them get back on their feet and making the home stable for them and their children.

They can offer:

  • Moral support and encouragement
  • Parenting support and development of parenting strengths
  • Practical help, such as babysitting or providing transport
  • Connections to community resources
  • Advocacy and accompaniment to appointments
  • Support in setting and achieving goals

  • Resource Friend: 

    Donates a variety of items (beds, clothes, diapers, etc.) or services (medical care, dental care, counseling, etc.) to families.

    Family Coach:

    Coordinates the team of volunteers, making sure that the parent, child, and family friends have the resources needed to thrive.

    All volunteers must complete an application, basic screening steps, and training before being able to serve. Dates for trainings will be listed below as they are available.


    See below to sign up for these opportunities.
    Safe Families for Children

    Attend Info Session to Support Local Families in Crisis

    Mon 7162018
    7:00 PM 8:30 PM
    Children & Youth
    Communities in Need
    “I am so grateful every morning to wake up to [my daughter's] smiling face for all of the help that I received. I can't imagine what I would have done without the help that I received, other than resulting in an unwanted adoption.”
    A local Brooklyn mom
    Welcome, New Affiliate: Safe Families for Children
    July 14, 2016
    We’re excited to welcome Safe Families for Children to our affiliate family! Safe Families works with local churches to ensure that at-risk families receive the help they need to keep their children out of foster care. We are confident in their mission and dedication to bringing hope to families in crisis in our city and we rejoice that they are finally coming to New York!
    Prayers for Families in Crisis
    December 20, 2016
    Children who spend time in foster care often face serious challenges—teen pregnancy, homelessness, incarceration—later in life. Let us come to the Father on behalf of these children and their families knowing that our God is a Father to the fatherless and a protector of widows. We invite you to pray with us.
    Monthly Mercy & Justice Round-Up: April Edition
    April 05, 2018
    Is affordable housing in NYC affordable for locals? What is it like to be a child in a food-insecure home? Do Christians see the formerly incarcerated as people who reflect God’s image? You’ll find articles that speak to these questions and more in this installment of our Monthly Mercy & Justice Round-Up.