|Company Location||Markham, Ontario, Canada|
Safe Families Canada (SFC) is a faith-based, registered charity that serves the community by helping to keep children safe and families intact. SFC reaches families before their circumstances get to a critical point, warranting intervention from Child Welfare. Prior to involvement with child welfare, families voluntarily place their children with an approved and screened SFC volunteer Host Family while they work through their crisis and maintain parental custody. A Family Coach, Family Friends, and the church work together to support the parent as well as the Host Family. Through these volunteers and churches, SFC’s can provide a network of support to families in crisis while they get back on their feet.
SFC understands the needs of families facing a crisis and a parent’s concern for the care of their child. We also know that when “the daily stress for the parent decreases, providing immediate relief, time and space to address the issues that led to the stressful situation, a parent is less stressed, children are safe and there is less risk of Child Welfare needing to be involved".*
*Testa, M. F. & Budde, S. (2021). Low-cost randomized controlled trial of Safe Families for Children. Children’s Home Society of America.
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