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 and reuniting the family as quickly as possible when the crisis is resolved.
A family in crisis may be referred to us by schools, hospitals, social workers, churches, law enforcement, or other community agencies. Our professional staff helps parents arrange for their children to stay with a pre-screened, trained, and approved host family until the critical issues have been brought under control. The program is voluntary, parents pay nothing for the service, and they retain all their parental rights. In fact, they are encouraged to build a relationship with the host family and to remain active in every aspect of their children’s lives.
When parents take advantage of this voluntary, faith-based program, they know that the approved host family is motivated by compassion, not financial gain. They can feel secure in the knowledge that the host family is providing a safe and nurturing temporary home and that the family is motivated by compassion, not by financial gain.
SFNC and the referral source work with the parents to determine how quickly the family can be reunited and help resolve the problems that created the crisis. When it’s possible, children stay with families in their own communities. They continue their education without interruption in a school near the host family’s home.