About Us

Our Mission: to make a safer place
for children in Lane County

Our Mission: Making a Safer Place for Children


Safe Families for Children of Lane County seeks to “Make a Safer Place for Children” by enlisting and training host families to provide respite care to children whose families are experiencing a temporary emergency.


Our Vision: Maintaining the Family Unit


Our aim is to engage the community to meet the immediate needs of a child thru respite care, so that Child Welfare intervention is not needed to keep the child safe.


Safe Families for Children Objectives


1) Child Welfare Deflection: Safe Families provides a safe alternative to child welfare custody, thus significantly reducing the number of children entering the child welfare system.


2) Child Abuse Prevention: Providing an overwhelmed and resource-limited parent with a safe, temporary place for their child without threat of losing custody. By offering support, the goal is to avert potential abuse.


3) Family Support and Stabilization: Many parents struggle because of limited social support and unavailable extended family. Many Safe Families Volunteers become the extended family that a parent never had.

Safe Families Staff


Angela Albin

Safe Families Director

Cindy Ryan

Family Coach Supervisor & Eugene First Nazarene Ministry Lead
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Sarah Halstead

Parent Partner Coordinator

We are based on a national model based out of Chicago that was founded in 2003 by a man who saw a need with a huge gap to fill.
Watch the video below to find out about the origins

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