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May is National Foster Care Month, and You Can Help Foster Children and Families in Need

We know the COVID-19 crisis is affecting every family — and sadly, children are particularly feeling the pain. 

At SAFY, since the start of the pandemic we’ve seen an increase in the number of children needing foster families because of factors like abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness.

The truth is that, for many children, home is not a safe place to be.

This is an unfair burden for youth who have already experienced trauma, through no fault of their own.   

The good news is that help is available. SAFY is responding urgently to ensure the safety and stability of youth and their families through this uncertain time. Our team of social workers, clinicians, and family therapists are using telehealth to continue serving those in need. And, thanks to virtual training sessions, SAFY is providing opportunities for caring families to start the process of becoming licensed foster parents. 

If you’re wondering how you can help, consider the following:

  • Sign up for virtual foster parent trainings, so that you can be in the pipeline of families who can open their homes to foster children
  • Donate so that foster families and at-risk populations have additional financial support and resources to provide for basic needs like food, toiletries, school supplies and more; and
  • Give to help us make sure youth in our Older Youth programs are cared for as they navigate this new environment without the safety net of family support.

This National Foster Care Month, your help is needed now more than ever. To learn more, visit

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) is a child and family nonprofit preserving families and securing futures services that help families and children heal, have hope, and thrive through a model of care that includes therapeutic foster care, adoption, family preservation, behavioral health and supports for older youth. Learn more at

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