Safe Families is a movement of hospitality and compassion, whereby safe, loving families voluntarily host children for short periods of time, to be a blessing to the birth parents as they work to recover from various levels of crisis or dysfunction. Safe Families is not associated with the child welfare system, and it's work can prevent the placement of children in foster care.
Since placements are voluntary, the criteria and requirements for becoming a Safe Family are very different than to be coming a foster parent. Safe Families become approved after completing training, background checks and a home assessment. The entire process is done at your own pace, but can be completed within a few weeks.
Approved Safe Families then create their own profile, selecting the demographics of children they are equipped to host. Demographics include quantity of children (e.g. one child or sibling groups), age ranges, gender, and so forth. Then when children within those demographics need a family to welcome them, the Safe Family is contacted and given the opportunity to affirm or decline their current availability to host.