About Our Chapter
Safe Families for Children would not exist without the hard work and dedication of our volunteer families. We have over 70 host family homes, and many more family friends, who 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 a group of parent mentors that serve our parents in need and a group of 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. We have over 15 churches who partner 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.
Anita joined Safe Families for Children as a volunteer in 2009. She joined the staff in 2010 as a part time Family Coach Supervisor. Anita resigned from a 28 year teaching career in 2014 to dedicate her time to Safe Families, and she is the current Area Coordinator for Northwest Illinois. Anita and her family still enjoy hosting children through Safe Families. Anita resides in Rockford, Illinois with her husband Marty and four children.
Molly joined our team in 2015 as the Family Coach Supervisor. Molly has a degree in Social Work and was previously employed as a case worker and licensing representative for Camelot Care. Molly and her husband, Ethan, have hosted children in their home since 2014. They live in Rockford, Illinois, attend Harvest Bible Chapel, and have a daughter and foster son.
Tess served as an intern for Safe Families for Children in the summer of 2016 and joined our staff as a Family Coach in 2017. Tess was born and raised in Rockford, IL. She recently graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in pre-counseling. Tess and her husband, Austin, are an authorized host family and attend Central Christian Church in Machesney Park.