Greater Chicago Chapter

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Welcome to Our Greater Chicago Region Chapter Page!

We serve Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, Will, Kankakee, and surrounding counties.

Safe Families for Children got started right here in Chicago!

In 2003, the Safe Families for Children movement began in Chicago. Our goal then and now is to engage families via faith communities to open their homes to care for vulnerable children. Since then, we’ve had nearly 7,000 children placed into 1,400 Host Family homes. We currently have more than 1,200 Host Families opening their homes to more than 1,000 children each year in the Chicagoland area. Seventy-five percent of children placed are under the age of 6 years old. Over 90% of the kids return to their parents or a relative that is identified to take over.

The Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) in Illinois is our largest referral source. We are also referred to by our local police, hospitals, schools, agencies, and parents themselves.


Our trainings are designed to equip you to welcome a child into your home (Host Family) or support a host or family in need (Family Friend) and move you through the training process efficiently. The virtual Comprehensive Training Session includes everything you need to become a certified Safe Families’ Volunteer.

We offer Core/Family Friend training (an overview of Safe Families and Family Friend training – also known as Host part 1 training) and Host training (Host part 2 training). You can register for either Zoom trainings or live in-person trainings below.

Please click HERE to see what trainings and informational meetings are happening in the area.


If you’d like to support our local efforts to serve the most vulnerable among us, please use the following link:

This event is for you!

You are invited to a Safe Families Volunteer Appreciation Event!!!

Safe Families for Children Greater Chicago


There will be appetizers, live music, an amazing keynote speaker, gifts, and prizes.
Safe Families founder, Dave Anderson, will do a stage interview with a former placing mom who is now a Safe Families host. Our keynote speaker will tell his story about how he defied seemingly insurmountable odds, and how the kindness of one ordinary man helped him become the man he is today, a corporate executive, visionary youth advocate, and best-selling author. 

You will come away inspired.

Fri, September 16, 2022 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

Cityview Community Church, 343 South York Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Click below to learn more details about the event and register!…/safe-families-volunteer…

Also, watch this short video from our acclaimed keynote speaker Steve Pemberton

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