Safe Families for Children of Lane County seeks to “Make a Safer Place for Children” by enlisting and training host families to provide respite care to children whose families are experiencing a temporary emergency.
Our aim is to engage the community to meet the immediate needs of a child thru respite care so that Child Welfare intervention is not needed to keep the child safe.
1) Child Welfare Deflection: Safe Families provides a safe alternative to child welfare custody, thus significantly reducing the number of children entering the child welfare system.
2) Child Abuse Prevention: Providing an overwhelmed and resource-limited parent with a safe, temporary place for their child without a threat of losing custody. By offering support, the goal is to avert potential abuse.
3)Family Support and Stabilization: Many parents struggle because of limited social support and unavailable extended family. Many Safe Families Volunteers become the extended family that a parent never had.