The mission of Safe Families Wisconsin is to protect children from potential neglect or abuse arising from a crisis, by providing them with a safe, stable, temporary home and reuniting the family as quickly as possible when the crisis is resolved.
Families in crisis may be referred to us by schools, hospitals, social workers, churches, law enforcement, or other community agencies. The staff helps parents arrange for their children to stay with a pre-screened, trained, and approved host family until the critical issues have been resolved. The program is voluntary and parents pay nothing for the service. They also retain all their parental rights. In fact, they are encouraged to build a relationship with the host family and to remain active in every aspect of their children’s lives.
The Host Family who accepts the child into their home receives no remuneration for doing so. When parents take advantage of this service, they know that the approved Host Family is motivated by compassion, not financial gain. They can feel secure in the knowledge that the Host Family is providing a safe and nurturing temporary home and that their motivation is compassion, not financial gain.
Safe Families and the referral source work with the parents to determine how quickly the family can be reunited and help resolve the problems that created the crisis. When it’s possible, children stay with families in their own communities. This makes the temporary placement and the necessary transitions as easy as possible for the child.