Safe Families for Children

what if we could do more?

What if...
  • we could stop child abuse before it starts?
  • it wasn't a shameful experience for at-risk families to ask for help?
  • single moms were connected to support instead of socially isolated?
  • local government, non-profits, and churches worked together to help families in crisis?
  • a family's safety net was their neighbors instead of the government?
  • you didn't have to 'qualify' to be cared for?
  • children and teens could be protected during times of crisis without being permanently separated from their parents?

We can do more, with the Safe Families for Children Initiative in Southern Oregon

Safe Families for Children is the answer.
  • 94% of children hosted in a Safe Family return home and will never be the subject of an abuse or neglect allegation.
  • Isolation is the most significant contributing factor to child abuse. Through Safe Families for Children, parents step out of isolation and into relationships, reducing the risk of child abuse.
  • Safe Families for Children keeps families together, and research shows that children who grow up in biological families are more likely to:
    • earn a high school diploma and college degree
    • be employed and have health insurance
    • decrease welfare dependency
    • avoid incarceration

Becoming a Safe Families for Children Volunteer

Becoming a Safe Families for Children Volunteer is easy and rewarding.

As a Host Family, caring for a child in your home, or a Family Friend, standing alongside a family offering wisdom and guidance or providing essential support through material goods, you will impact your community for good and potentially help a family chart a course to sustained health and success.

To get started today, please complete the online interest form by clicking on this linkYou will be taken to to complete.

If you have questions, or would like more information before becoming a volunteer, please contact our Safe Families for Children Coordinators.

Jackson County: Kathleen Aupperle | 541.646.7385 |
Josephine County: Aimee Vander Veen | 541.956.4190 |

Safe Families For Children


Kevin Lamson, Executive Director of Hearts with a Mission, gives update on the Safe Families for Children Program and the DHS grant to create host families  for youth without a safe living alternative.