Safe Families for Children provides a loving sanctuary where parents can safely and voluntarily place their children in times of need. Founded in 2002 by LYDIA Home Association, a Chicago based Christian social service agency, Safe Families for Children has partnered with the local church to grow to a network of over 11,000 volunteers which includes 2100 volunteer Host Families. This network of volunteers has been able to provide as many as 8600 hosting arrangements since the start of the program.
There are currently 54 active sites, successfully established in more than 25 states across the United States alone. This has also become a global movement with sites now in Canada and the UK. Safe Families partners with agencies, local churches, ministries, as well as community and government agencies to intervene in the lives of children and families that would otherwise be forgotten.