The story behind Safe Families

Safe Families for Children began in Chicago in 2002 to address a growing need to step alongside struggling families and offer assistance and hope. Partnering with local churches, ministries, and community and government agencies, Safe Families offers a network of volunteers to intervene in the lives of children and families that would otherwise be forgotten.

Nationally, Safe Families has offered temporary sanctuary to thousands of children while giving their parents the time and resources they need to help their families thrive. While volunteer host families temporarily house and care for the children, the parents receive the time, resources, training, and other tools they need to regain stability in the home.

The Portland area is not exempt from these needs. In fact, hundreds, if not thousands, of families could use our help today if we had the volunteers and resources to respond. 


The ultimate goal is to strengthen and support these parents so they can become safe families for their own children. 

Our Objectives Are:

  • To keep families together.

  • To provide a safe alternative to child welfare custody.

  • To avert potential child abuse and neglect.

  • And to step into the crisis on a relational level by becoming an extended family for these parents.

To make this all possible, we rely upon a host of organizations, churches, schools, and amazing volunteers.

At the Heart of Safe Families

Is Compassion For Children.