SFFC has been working in the USA since 2002 and now operates in 14 states. It has already led to a clear reduction in the number of children taken into state care, as well as demonstrating a range of benefits, such as increased immunization rates and improved child development. Parents also report less stress and better parenting. Besides this direct impact on children and families, SFFC US has also seen a number of states amending their policies to allow volunteers from faith communities to host children.
Meanwhile churches have discovered the challenge and satisfaction of living out their faith, making a long-term difference for families and children and playing a significant role in the local community. In the UK, hard-pressed and under-resourced local authority staff have welcomed the potential of SFFC’s early intervention model to support and stabilise families, recognising and valuing its ability to meet a huge need.
For further information visit www.safefamiliesforchildren.com
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