safe families for children

When crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and friends for support. But for some parents, there isn't a safety net. Often problems such as drug addiction, domestic abuse, incarceration, or illness can be debilitating, making it impossible for parents to care for their children. With the changing economy many more families are experiencing financial crisis, unemployment, and homelessness. During such crisis, children are especially at-risk for neglect or abuse as their parents struggle to cope with crushing circumstances and emotions. 

State welfare emergency hotlines throughout the nation reportedly receive over 5 million calls each year of suspected child abuse or neglect. Of those calls, about one million meet the criteria for state intervention. What happens to the remaining four million families that don't qualify for help.

Overburdened by need and restrained by resources, law and policy most state welfare agencies are allowed to rescue only children who have suffered blatant abuse or neglect. Overwhelmed and underfunded, the state is ill-equipped to deal with a problem of this magnitude.

Without assistance, many of these families will find the issues in their homes escalating to episodes of abuse and/or neglect with long lasting consequences for not only the child, but also for our communities as well.

Since 2005, Safe Families for Children has offered sanctuary to thousands of children, minimizing the risk for abuse or neglect and giving parents the time and tools they need to help their families thrive. The ultimate goal is to strengthen and support parents so they can become Safe Families for their own children.

Catholic Charities is proud to bring Safe Families for Children to our Diocese. Click here to learn more and to join the movement as a host family. Click here to send an email to CCDBR Safe Families for Children, or call 225-336-8708. 

Safe Families for Children News

Safe Families provides a haven for families in crisisPublished in The Catholic Commentator on April 4, 2014

Click to read an article about Safe Families for Children appearing in The Advocate in August, 2012, "Reuniting families. Parents in crisis have safe place to turn", By Amy Wold.

Safe Families for Children article in The Catholic Commentator, "Baton Rouge Catholic Charities begins new program to provide safe homes for children," March 8, 2012, by Laura Deavers.

Click on the picture to see Safe Families for Children in action. This mother of three children was raised in the foster care system. She loved her children and was a good mom but made some bad choices. Find out how Safe Families for Children volunteers made it possible for her to find a safe place for her children while she got her life back together. 

 

 A family helped by Safe Families for Children

 

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