Safe Families for Children (Family to Family Care)

Do you feel overwhelmed and struggle to meet the needs of your children? 

Safe Families for Children (SFFC) is a network of families who volunteer to help you get back on your feet and/or care for your children on a temporary basis while you are facing overwhelming circumstances:

  • A parent trying to keep his or her job who needs occasional after school care for their child.
  • A grandmother who has no one to care for her grandchildren when sudden illness requires surgery.
  • A pregnant teen who is no longer allowed to live at home.
  • Children whose parents are incarcerated or going through drug rehabilitation.

Through Safe Families for Children we recruit, screen and train volunteers that are willing to open their home on a temporary basis to your children if needed. A Family Coach will work with you to help you set goals and achieve them in a timely manner. The goal is that a short term placement or weekend respite care can help alleviate the present crisis and prevent children from entering the foster care system.

Our goal however, is to keep your family intact. If a hosting is necessary, we’ll work with you to reunite your family as soon as possible.

As the biological parent (or legal guardian) you maintain full custody of your children and are encouraged to participate in decisions regarding their care while they are being hosted. Our aim is to form a partnership between you and the host family and see them as extended family. We encourage the relationship to continue even after your children return home.


If you have questions before requesting a Host Family, get answers to commonly asked questions here.

Refer a Family in Need

If you know of a child or family who would benefit from the Safe Families for Children Program, we are eager to help. Please contact Judy Holmes at