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You can help families in need during the COVID-19 crisis

At Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY), our mission of “preserving families and securing futures” is grounded in the principle of shared responsibility. When it comes to children in foster care, kids needing permanent homes through adoption, vulnerable families and older youth, it is our collective responsibility to respond to their needs. Because when families are strong, communities are strong – and we all benefit.

Shared responsibility is a theme that has come to the forefront as we collectively navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Everyone, regardless of social class, age, race, income, occupation or beliefs is faced with the reality of staying at home, social distancing and doing our best to keep ourselves and others healthy. As our leaders continue to share, we are in this together.

Many families are looking for ways to help others in the community during this time while they stay home and practice social distancing. And SAFY needs your help.

There is a great need for additional financial support and resources to help foster families, youth in older youth programs and at-risk families. Youth in foster care now more than ever need safe, loving and stable homes. Our older youth in independent living programs rely on jobs, training programs and resources to help them navigate life without the safety net of a family. And the vulnerable families SAFY serves are facing the increased stresses of job losses, child care needs and increased mental stress.

Your gift will help us provide critical clinical services, financial resources and support to help our youth and families during this challenging time. If you feel led to give, donate to SAFY at https://www.safy.org/donate.

We know families everywhere are looking for free, family-friendly activities to keep their kids engaged while at home. If you know of great resources, platforms or activities to share, please email us at info@safy.org. We are actively sharing these resources with our network of foster families!

Finally, in addition to financial support, there is still a critical need for foster families to meet the demand of youth needing a safe, loving home. We are working hard to offer virtual trainings, home visits and licensing so that we can continue to build our foster family community while safely social distancing. If are interested in learning how to become a foster parent, please complete our Request for Information form to get started.

For more information about ways to give, becoming a foster parent or supporting foster children and vulnerable families, visit www.SAFY.org. We are all in this together!

 

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