Do to poor weather and driving conditions, all evening activities are canceled for Wednesday, February 2.
Founded in 2003, Safe Families for Children surrounds families in crisis with caring, compassionate community. We are a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides hope and support to families in our local communities. Located in 70 cities across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and beyond, we are motivated by faith to keep children safe and families intact.

In many situations, parents or guardians may be incapable of providing a safe and caring environment for their children, putting them at risk of abuse and neglect. In the past, extended family or neighbors stepped in to help families in crisis by caring for their children for short periods of time.

Today, however, many families are socially isolated, and their extended family is nonexistent, or unavailable or unable to help.

Safe Families for Children keeps families together. Research shows that children who grow up in their own families have better outcomes in terms of sense of identity, educational attainment, overall stability, and employment.

Our chapter of Safe Families for Children serves families in Washtenaw County.


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

Our Core Values

Radical Hospitality
Compassion fueled by Mercy
Disruptive Generosity

Our Objectives

The three objectives of Safe Families for Children are:
  1. Keep children safe during a family crisis such as homelessness, hospitalization, or domestic violence in an effort to prevent child abuse and/or neglect.
  2. Support, and stabilize families in crisis by surrounding them with caring, compassionate community.
  3. Reunite families and reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system. We seek to be an alternative to foster care, where appropriate.

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with the Safe Families for Children movement. Find your calling in one of the roles listed below.

Be a Host Family
If you are looking for a truly rewarding experience, consider becoming a Host Family. You will make a lasting impression on a child in need and possibly change the trajectory of a family.

Be a Family Friend
Family Friends encourage and strengthen families in crisis by performing small tasks.

Be a Family Coach
Volunteer Family Coaches play a vital role in Safe Families by helping parents get back on their feet.

Be a Resource Friend
As a Resource Friend, you can provide items to families struggling with life challenges. Let’s face it, we all have extra items or unused stuff, such as furniture and bicycles. Donating these items can help meet critical needs of families.
If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, please contact Mavis Luurtsema at or 734-944-5397, or complete the form below. We look forward to talking with you!

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