Safe Families is home to some of the most dedicated and passionate staff around, including two full time social workers—Tracy and Lisa. These women are constantly in motion. They dedicate everything they can to the people they serve.

They spend unexpected time baby-sitting when parents don’t show up. They meet with clients at all hours and answer phone calls and texts soliciting parenting advice. They help struggling families find housing and transportation. Most importantly, they hold people accountable in a loving way that challenges but encourages them to improve their situations.

Basically, their job description is ever-expanding. But these women take everything in stride with humor and openness. Lisa and Tracy accurately represent the outstanding quality of the people behind Safe Families.

Listen to their perspectives on Safe Families and how God is involved in their work.

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Next Steps
    • Safe Families recruits many volunteers through churches. Is your church on board? Read more about linking your church into the Safe Families network here: http://safe-families.org/join_church.aspx
    • Volunteers make Safe Families possible, but hiring staff like Tracy and Lisa is crucial! Consider donating to Safe Families here: http://safe-families.org/donate.aspx
    • Caring for children is a community effort. Make sure that you’re supporting parents in your area—lend a hand by baby-sitting, making a meal for the family when the parents are busy, or just by being a listening ear.
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About the Author: Laura is a journalism fellow with World Next Door. She graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She is constantly learning, making friends, dancing, and trying to understand her role in alleviating the suffering of others. Laura also attracts a lot of awkward situations.

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  1. Tindi Amadi said... 

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    October 14th, 2011 at 11:51 pm  

    Great work, Laura! MWAH!

    I especially liked hearing from Tracy that Safe families focus on helping mothers and fathers through challenging times that would otherwise leave them vulnerable to loosing their kids! It makes sense to admit there is a problem and getting the help they need rather than hiding it in fear that your kids could be removed from the home. BRAVO!

  2. Jim.M said... 

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    October 17th, 2011 at 5:55 am  

    Thanks Laura again for taking us inside Safe Families. Your creative use of written stories, still photos, and now this video clip have done a great job of showing us the heart of the organization its people and it’s mission.

  3. Laura Stump said... 

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    October 18th, 2011 at 10:00 am  

    Tindi: Before working with Safe Families, I hadn’t realized just how many parents are in that situation! They would rather hide the fact that they need help than have their kids taken away–and who could blame them. I’m glad that there’s an alternative.

    Jim: Gracias! This is all just the tip of the iceberg. A wonderful thing is happening here!

  4. Chuck Gross said... 

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    October 19th, 2011 at 4:17 pm  

    Hi Laura:
    You have found a way to educate and inspire. Thanks for your coverage of Safe Families for Children Central Indiana. I have learned much by reading your journalistic creations. I want to be like you when I grow up.
    Chuck Gross
    President – SFFCCI Advisory Board

  5. Laura Stump said... 

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    October 19th, 2011 at 11:47 pm  

    Haha…thanks Chuck :) I hope that reading the articles has deepened your understanding of what an INCREDIBLE organization you work for!

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