About the Program

When crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and our church family for support, but some parents don’t have that safety net. Children are especially at risk for neglect or abuse as their parents struggle to cope with crushing circumstances and emotions. The goal of Safe Families for Children is to offer support in a time of need and reunite children with their families in a stronger home environment. DC127 is partnering with DC’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) to bring the Safe Families for Children movement to Washington, DC, and support the families in our city.

Safe Families for Children is a national movement that provides support for families in crisis. We help parents build stability in their lives when they may have nowhere else to turn. Our volunteer Host Families provide a temporary safe haven for their children, just like an aunt or uncle would.

First and foremost, this is a movement of churches that are driven by volunteers like you, and we can only succeed if we get every church member involved. We can’t do this alone. We need your help. Will you join us?

Everyone can do something!

 


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How to Participate in Safe foster the city-304Families for Children

Safe Families for Children is only successful when entire communities come together. Please take a look and pray about the best fit for you. Everyone can do something!

Empowering Families

Family Friends:
When families come to us for help, many say isolation is their biggest struggle. Connect with one family like a family friend would. Call them once a week and visit them every other week. Let them know they’re not alone. Help them address the circumstances that led to their crisis. Take the next steps to be a Family Friend here.

Host Home:
Provide a temporary safe and loving home for children in crises. Ensure children visit with their parents weekly to maintain a strong connection. Take the next steps the be a Host Home here, and read some frequently asked questions about being a Host Home here.

Cultivating Communities

Family Coaches:
Facilitate the relationship between the Host and biological families, while coordinating communications with various agencies. Help ensure the well being of the children by visiting the Host Family each week to monitor the situation. Keep up on the biological family’s progress by calling them every week. Take the next steps to be a Family Coach here. 

Respite Care:
Host Families, just like other parents, need to run errands, shop, or simply get a break. Help provide babysitting and breaks for parents. If you are interested in providing Respite Care, please contact us. 

Uniting the Church

Provide Resources & Services:
Most children come to Host Families with very few possessions and Host Families aren’t reimbursed for their expenses. Help them out with children’s items like diapers, car seats, and clothing, or donate professional services like healthcare, hair styling, and house cleaning. To learn more about our current resource and service needs, please visit our Donations page.

Support Groups:
Provide prayer, encouragement, and support to the Host and biological families with things like playgroups, coffee talks, and burger nights. To learn more about support groups, contact us.


Next Steps

Find out about our volunteer opportunities and how to take the next step here:  Volunteer Opportunities


Ready to start? Have any questions?:  contact us