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Parents and Agencies, submit a referral form to request help or call 646-907-3039.

COVID-19 Response

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 and mandates for social distancing, we are now offering families the option of Virtual Family Friend support.

Virtual Family Friends offer hope and encouragement to isolated and struggling families through virtual connections. They provide support to families through connections by phone, text, Facetime, or other video conferencing. Virtual Family Friends are committed to connect with families at least 1 time a week for 3 months

Families are experiencing increased stress and isolation during COVID-19. Stress and isolation increase the risk of maltreatment of children. Safe Families for Children has been fighting social isolation since day ONE. We want to prevent potential cases of abuse and neglect by surrounding families with social support. Our goals are to keep kids safe and families intact.

Join a webinar on how to volunteer as a Virtual Family Friend: Click the date for registration. July 30 at 5:30pm


Safe Families for Children creates extended family-like support for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers motivated by compassion to keep children safe and families intact.


To create a world where children are safe and families transformed through radically compassionate communities.

Safe Families for Children mobilizes vetted and trained volunteers from local churches to offer a broad community of support for families who feel overwhelmed or isolated. Our volunteers seek to empower, encourage, and strengthen families through mutually beneficial relationships. We seek to reduce foster care numbers by supporting families as we know that stress and isolation can lead to cases of abuse and neglect.

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Now we have a family!” Watch this video featuring a NYC mom and volunteers: Rosa’s Story.

“These individuals came in our lives at the right time.  There is no other way to put it…I don’t know where I would have been if it wasn’t for the loving help of Safe Families. The Safe Families gave me a chance, they listened, they respected with no judgment or fear that I wasn’t being a great parent.  NYC desperately needs Safe Families.” – Mother to son, age 9


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