Safe Families Canada is a movement fueled by compassion to keep children safe and families intact. Our volunteers serve families in crisis by opening their hands, their hearts, and their homes. When a crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and friends for support. But some families are socially isolated, with no extended family available. In crisis situations, these parents may be incapable of providing a safe and caring environment for their children, putting them at risk of abuse or neglect. Safe Families creates extended family–like supports for these families in need through a community of devoted volunteers who are mobilized through the local church and motivated by their faith. Parents experiencing a temporary crisis can arrange for their children (newborn through 18 years old) to stay with Safe Families volunteers while they address the issues that led to the instability in their lives. To refer a family in need, or to learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 647-784-7161.
The Safe Families movement began in Chicago in 2003 and has since spread to 80 cities around the world, internationally providing more than 35,000 hostings, with 93% of children returning to their families post-placement. In Canada, Safe Families incorporated in 2012, acquiring charitable status in 2014. Currently, there are operating chapters in Toronto, London (ON), and Winnipeg, with other sites developing across the country