• SFNC A Compassionate Alternative for Families in Crisis.

  • Service is available for any child for any reason. Most of the children served are

    6 years of age or younger

  • Nationally


    of children are reunited with families of origin or extended families, often returning to a more stable home life.


The unexpected loss of a job, mounting expenses, foreclosure or eviction, a serious accident or illness, domestic violence, substance abuse, and an uncertain economy can plunge a family into chaos.

Some families can turn to relatives and friends for assistance. For others, there’s no safety net, and a crisis can make it difficult for parents to provide a stable environment for their children.

Today, Safe Families Northern California (SFNC), an exciting community – church partnership, offers a hope-filled option for such families by providing safe, secure pre-approved temporary homes for children until the family crisis is resolved.

Returning the church to the forefront of caring for children and families in crisis, SFNC provides a tangible way for church members to love their neighbors, practice hospitality, extend Christ-like compassion, and proclaim mercy to the most vulnerable in our communities.

Although the church community is the primary resource in the Safe Family movement, SFNC is a team effort, not an individual ministry. Calling upon volunteers in local churches, the program extends and strengthens community services for families and children at risk. SFNC also partners with government agencies to provide helpful alternatives when a government-run foster care program is not appropriate for individual families.


Clarissa’s Video of Hope


Clarissa's Story of Hope from John Norton on Vimeo. Hear Clarissa's moving … [read more]

Safe Family Resource Guide


A lack of basic resources can often be what moves a struggling family to become … [read more]

Safe Family Friend Guide


Safe Families for Children is committed to supporting parents and bringing love … [read more]

Church Guide


If your church is interested in becoming a vital and vibrant contributor in your … [read more]

Get Involved!


Safe Families for Children expands the community safety net by providing parents in need with mentoring relationships and tangible support during … [read more]

How We Help


The mission of SFNC is to protect children from potential neglect or abuse arising from a crisis by providing them with a safe, stable temporary home … [read more]