About Our Chapter
Safe Families for Children would not exist without the hard work and dedication of our volunteer families. Our host families and family friends support families in need by hosting children, mentoring parents in need and their children, providing transportation, facilitating family visits, providing tangible resources to host families who have a hosted child and so much more. We also have volunteer family coaches who monitor the care of a child while he or she is in a host home. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a host family, family friend, or family coach!
The backbone of the SFFC movement is the Church. We believe that the Church must take its rightful place in ministering to the vulnerable and disempowered members of our community. Our partnering churches work with SFFC by recruiting and supporting volunteers, hosting trainings, and developing networks within their congregation that can fully support a placement and engage in a Christ-centered relationship with the whole family. Our partner churches vary in size and denomination, but there is a common theme among them–they all have at their core the desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need in our community. If this matches the culture of your church, please contact us so that we can partner together.
Our churches and volunteer families are the driving force behind the Safe Families movement. Because the impact of SFFC is based on Christ-centered relationships, it takes many people working in various capacities to support families who are going through difficult circumstances. We also have a staff who is passionate about growing the SFFC movement. Staff members support our churches, reach out to referring agencies, authorize host homes, provide training to volunteers, make and supervise hostings, and much more.
Brianna Sears, B.S.-Intake Coordinator/Lead Family Coach
Brianna joined the Rockford/NW Illinois Safe Families chapter in July 2019. She coordinates all new and reoccurring host placements, and mentors volunteer family coaches. Brianna is also the Safe Families point-of-contact for DCFS and other referring agencies.
Brianna holds a bachelor of science degree in sociology, and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in child welfare, child development, and family engagement. In her personal life, Brianna enjoys baking goodies, traveling, and spending time with her husband Karl and daughter Nova. Brianna loves the Lord and enjoys working with those families and children most in need. She calls City First Church in Rockford, Illinois her church home.