SINA Learns About Safe Families Program
SINA met April 19th at the Centralia Recreation Complex. President Mike Chambers called the meeting to order with the pledge and a prayer.
The speaker was Christy Taulbee. She is the Chapter Director for the Safe Families Program.
Christy began her presentation by telling the member about her background and why she got involved in this important program.
Background and Context.
Since the beginnings of Safe Families in 2002, the movement has grown to serve vulnerable children and families across the country. In 2008, Dr David Anderson was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship for Global Social Entrepreneurship for his work and founder and executive director, Safe Families for Children has been featured by many major news outlets and CBS news with Katie Couric won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award in 2010 for their story on Safe Families.
When a crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and friends for support. But for some families poverty and social isolation they have no support when they need it. Often, a straightforward problem such as post partum depression or unemployment can be debilitating. Chidren in the situations often suffer neglect or abuse, some are often removed from the family and placed in state custody.
Safe families for children provide a chance for parents to get back on their feet before abuse and neglect can occur. Parents experiencing a temporary crisis can arrange for their children to stay with families of faith while they address the issues that led to their situation.
Safe Families for Families is a national movement of compassion that is preventing child abuse by encouraging the church to resume its historical and biblical responsibility for vulnerable children by becoming part of the support network for these children’s parents.
How Does Safe Families Work?
Safe Families case-coaches hear about families in crisis from a variety of referral sources , including schools, hospitals, social workers, churches and other community development organizations. The staff works quickly to contact an available volunteer family and share the situation with them. Volunteers agree to the placement at their own discretion, and can put a time limit on their involvement. The average length of stay is about six weeks, but can range from two days to a year. Volunteers are screened and approved through background checks, home studies and fingerprints and serve without compensation.
Making a Difference.
Safe Family volunteers can have a powerful impact in the lives of others while being transformed themselves. There are a variety of ways to participate.
Support for existing situations
Church Leadership teams
An Opportunity for Everyone.
Safe Families volunteers include singles,married couples with children of any age and empty nesters,all of whom simply decided to make room in their hearts and homes for children in need.
If you are interested in this program please call Christy Taulbee at 618-731-8029