I’m tagging along with the staff of Safe Families for Children—and it’s hard to keep up! In the short time I’ve been with Safe Families, we’ve trekked many miles around Indianapolis to help children and families in need. In this line of work, no two days look alike.

Safe Families staff and volunteers are constantly at work. Their mission? To temporarily place children with stable families when crisis strikes.

Children who need placement come from different situations and need different things. Fortunately, the staff members of Safe Families wholeheartedly devote themselves to matching the needs of children and families with people who can help.

Seriously, these guys know their stuff.

Learn about the nitty-gritty of Safe Families from Jan (volunteer extraordinaire) as we head into Indianapolis for an “intake” meeting.


  • Volunteers have many important roles in Safe Families. Jan’s job includes coordinating intakes, moving children, and getting paperwork done. Other volunteers host children or transport people or write thank you notes—there’s something for everyone!
  • You may have caught a glimpse of the car seats in the back. Yes, every Safe Families staff person has car seats on hand—just part of being prepared :-)

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Next Steps
    • Learn more about Safe Families by visiting their website: www.safe-families.org
    • 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
    • Jan may be volunteering her time, but Safe Families still needs financial support to make her visits to homes and children possible. 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.
    Next Steps

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. Amy said... 


    October 3rd, 2011 at 7:49 am  

    I tried to watch the Youtube video posted with the article but it says, “This video is private”. Is that a mishap on my end or your end?

  2. Laura Stump said... 


    October 3rd, 2011 at 9:28 am  

    Oh my gosh! Thanks Amy–it should be good to go now :) Try again!

  3. Amy said... 


    October 3rd, 2011 at 9:45 am  

    Awww… bless her heart. Jan makes my life so much easier by volunteering her time. She mentioned that she is working as the “hands and feet” of Christ. She is…but I also think of her as the “wheels” of Christ due to the fact that she covers so many miles every day!!! Thank you for doing the interview! God Bless!

  4. diane palma said... 


    October 3rd, 2011 at 9:57 am  

    Jan is the best! Thanks for the story Laura!

  5. Phil Grizzard said... 


    October 3rd, 2011 at 11:33 pm  

    Laura, this is great! The video definitely gives a flavor of what’s going on that can’t be expressed with writing. Just the little mundanities like the neighborhoods and businesses of Indy passing by – Rally’s, Domino’s, Fifth Third bank – show that it’s just like where any of us live.

    And seeing Jan’s testimony is that much more personal. She herself says she has no formal qualifications. We all could do what Jan does. But she’s actually doing it.

    Plus, the GPS interrupting every other sentence is great. :)

    However, I believe you gave some false advertising at the beginning. I believe I saw a “cut” in there somewhere… 😉

  6. Laura Stump said... 


    October 5th, 2011 at 1:34 pm  

    Yes, Jan is wonderful! She is a living example of what “stepping up to the plate” looks like in living out her faith, right in her own community.

    And Phil…”Uncut” is just a clever title. I had to clear out some SERIOUS GPS interruptions :)

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