Meet Our Chapter
Our Mission: Making a Safer Place for Children
Safe Families for Children of Lane County seeks to “Make a Safer Place for Children” by enlisting and training faith-based host families to provide respite care to children whose families are experiencing a temporary emergency.
Our Vision: Maintaining the Family Unit
Our aim is to engage the faith community to meet the immediate needs of a child thru respite care, so that Child Welfare intervention is not needed to keep the child safe.
Safe Families for Children Objectives
1) Child Welfare Deflection: Safe Families provides a safe alternative to child welfare custody, thus significantly reducing the number of children entering the child welfare system.
2) Child Abuse Prevention: Providing an overwhelmed and resource-limited parent with a safe, temporary place for their child without threat of losing custody. By offering support, the goal is to avert potential abuse.
3) Family Support and Stabilization: Many parents struggle because of limited social support and unavailable extended family. Many Safe Families Volunteers become the extended family that a parent never had.
We Believe that parents may go through times in which their ability to meet the needs of their children change. When factors like housing, finances, employment, health and lack of extended family support prevent a parent from providing a healthy home, we are here to offer temporary help. Parents retain legal custody and caring volunteers provide the safe environment for the child so the parents can get back on their feet. Our role is to provide resources and support for the child as well as to encourage and motivate. It is not about looking back, it’s about looking ahead.