What is Safe Families for Children?

Safe Families for Children (SFFC) is a volunteer-driven, professionally supported framework created to keep children safe and families together.

We do this by bringing the resources and human capital of the faith community to the forefront of the struggles that families in our community are experiencing.  Through Safe Families for Children, families in crisis are provided a circle of support by people whose hearts are to serve and help. Safe Families for Children staff work with the local community to develop an army of trained and vetted volunteers in our community.

Opportunities to volunteer are varied, including being a Ministry Lead in your church, being a host family, a family coach, a family friend, or a mentor.  Families in crisis experience the kindness and generosity of the community as they connect with others to provide a safe environment, connection, and encouragement to overcome their particular situation. Safe Families services are 100% voluntary and 100% free to families.

Become a Resource Friend

Become a Mentor

How SFFC Works

We host children of at-risk families in approved volunteer homes for an average of 6 weeks.
We provide families in crisis with a support network. Our volunteers provide needed resources and services (e.g. mentoring and help to securing employment).
We engage faith communities to recruit and support volunteers and reach out to Families in need.

Family in Crisis

Parents in need voluntarily approach SFFC through a self-referral or other referral sources. They can opt to reunify with their children at any time and never lose custody of their children.

Host Family

Host families are recruited on an ongoing basis and undergo an application and screening process (background check, home study, references.)

Family Coach

Throughout the hosting arrangement, Family Coaches offer emotional and tangible support to families in need and host families.

The family coaches work with parents in crisis to develop goals and visit the host families’ homes regularly to offer guidance and support.

How to Identify a Need

We recognize that the needs of families during these times in our community are many including addiction, mental health complications, job losses, poverty, isolation, and homelessness. For many families, it is not easy to express what they are going through and where they need help. If a family or child discusses a need with you, or a home struggle, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.


Referral Process

When a family or youth is identified with a need they can be referred to HWAM’s Safe Families for Children (SFFC) host home program.  HWAM staff will meet with the family/child and assess the needs of the family.  If eligible, the family will be provided an application. If the family chooses to engage in services, HWAM staff will contact the Ministry Leads from the local Safe Families network of churches.  Churches draw from their pool of vetted volunteers to wrap a Circle of Support around the family.  Supports often include family friends, mentors, day hosting, overnight hosting, or concrete needs.

HWAM staff will arrange a match meeting between the parent, youth, and the volunteers. At any time during the matching process, the placing parent, youth, or volunteers can choose to ‘opt-out.’  Participation is 100% voluntary.  When all parties are in agreement, SFFC paperwork and consent are completed.

Who We Are

For more information contact

Jackson County

(541) 951-4289

Josephine County

(541) 203-0557

Lincoln County

(541) 200-4612

Klamath County

(541) 816-1666

What is a Circle of Support?

Host Family

If you are looking for a truly rewarding experience, consider becoming a Host Family. You will make a lasting impression on a child in need and possibly change the trajectory of a family.
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Become a Host Family

Family Friends

Encourage and support host families and families in need.
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Become A Family Friend

Family Coach

Volunteer Family Coaches play a vital role in Safe Families by helping parents get back on their feet.

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Become a Family Coach

Resource Friend

As a Resource Friend, you can provide items to families struggling with life challenges. Let’s face it, we all have extra items or unused stuff, such as furniture and bicycles. Donating these items can help meet the critical needs of families.

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Become a Resource Friend

Become a Mentor

Build relationships with new, vulnerable parents to relieve social isolation.  Commit to weekly check-ins by phone and in-person twice a month. Assist with babysitting for doctors/counseling appointments, etc. Be a friend to talk to and lean on for support. 

May God protect us. May God guide us. May God bless our work to help take care of those in need. May we speak our love in actions, and may His Holy Spirit surround us in all we do.