Safe Families For Children was founded in 2002 by LYDIA Home Association, a Chicago based Christian social service agency. Safe Families has partnered with the local church to grow to a network of over 11,000 volunteers, which includes 2,100 volunteer Host Families. In Chicago, Safe Families has successfully reduced the number of children moving through the foster care system.
There are currently 54 active sites, successfully established in more than 25 states across the United States alone. This has also become a global movement with sites now in Canada and the UK. Safe Families partners with host agencies, local churches, ministries, as well as community and government agencies to intervene in the lives of children and families that would otherwise be forgotten.
Safe Families Oklahoma was brought to the state in 2014 by Count Me In 4 Kids, a community-led collaborative with the goal of engaging central Oklahoma in meeting the needs of children at risk for and in foster care.