Meet Our Chapter
As part of the national movement of Safe Families for Children, SFFC Northeast Indiana was launched in February of 2013 by a small team of dedicated volunteers with a passion to glorify God through the care of vulnerable families in our community.
Safe Families for Children (SFFC) is a collaboration among local churches, Christian families and individuals, and community agencies designed to help families in crisis by giving them a network of support. Volunteer Host Families, recruited through local churches, provide parents with a loving home where they can safely place their children while getting back on their feet. Family Coaches come alongside parents during the hosting, giving them support and mentorship. Through its dedicated volunteers, SFFC helps to prevent child abuse, keep children out of foster care, stabilize families, and share the light and hope of Christ in our communities.
The heart of Safe Families for Children is welcoming the stranger. This is biblical hospitality, which was a key strategy for The Church during the first five centuries. As The Church welcomed the vulnerable of society, people were drawn to Jesus. Our Father brought us near and turned us from strangers into family (Ephesians 2:12-19), and we are to do the same for those who are disconnected around us.
As the Church lives out biblical hospitality through Safe Families, we are able to help prevent child abuse and neglect, deflect children from the foster care system, and help strengthen and stabilize families. The Church is empowered to reclaim its role as the change agent in society for these hurting families instead of relying on government and private agencies. Our ultimate goal is to share the love, hope, and gospel of Christ with our neighbors.
The time is now to engage with Safe Families for Children! Since our beginning in 2013, our local site has arranged over 700 hostings and has mobilized hundreds of volunteers from local churches.
Hostings have reduced the risk of abuse and neglect of children during a crisis.
Hostings have kept families together, and 99% of hosted children have been returned to their families, avoiding foster care.
Hostings have stabilized families as we have come alongside parents to help them meet family stability goals.
Hostings have reduced social isolation by creating and providing lasting community through the church.
Jesus said in Matthew 25 “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” When the disciples asked about this statement, Jesus replied, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”