Church Venture partnering with Safe Families

How does Safe Families work?

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Safe Families surrounds families in crisis with caring, compassionate, community.  Our family of volunteers provide a loving, temporary home for children while their parents deal with their crisis.    

Our goal is to keep kids safe and families intact.  Once a parent’s life has stabilized and the home environment is healthy, we work with parents to reunite their family as soon as possible

Parents maintain full custody of their child and are encouraged to participate in decisions regarding their child’s care while they address whatever issue led to the crisis.  For some, this could mean securing housing or drug rehab.  For others, it might involve leaving an abusive relationship or finding stable employment.  


Safe Families Training –
Saturday Jan 12 from 9am until 3pm

Please contact Molly Blaker (gralerme@yahoo.com) for more details.


How can Church Venture get involved with Safe Families?

There are many ways to be involved!

Be a Host Family

Voluntarily host children in your home on a temporary basis.

Be a Family Coach

Help families in need reach their goals and provide encouragement to host families.

Be part of the Circle of Support

Support host families by providing a meal, needed items for the hosted child, or offering to babysit the hosted child.  Pray for the referring family and the host family.

Interested in learning more?

  • Visit Safe-Families.org/Involvement.

  • Check out Safe Families Greater Cincinnati on FaceBook.

  • Hang out after worship on October 7, 14, or 21 to talk to the CV Safe Families Team


Steps to become an Approved Host Family: 

  • Complete the Training

    • Training is a combination of online and classroom instruction. 

    • Please sign and submit the “Training Completion” document.

  • Sign the Corporal Punishment document

    • Sign the Corporal Punishment document (be sure to get a witness)

    • Turn in after training, or mail it to our PO Box (Coalition of Care PO Box 42693 Cincinnati OH 45242), or scan it to Intern2@SafeFamilies.net

  • Sign the Acceptance by Safe Families Host Parent(s) document 

    • Sign the Acceptance by Safe Families Host Parent(s) document (be sure to get a witness)

    • Turn in after training, mail it to our PO Box (Coalition of Care PO Box 42693 Cincinnati OH 45242), or scan it to Intern2@SafeFamilies.net .

  • Get fingerprint/background checks

    • Recommend to do this early.  Sometimes the results take weeks or months!

    • See the “Fingerprint/Background Report” document for details.

  • Submit References 

    • Three (3) references are required for each head-of-household, in any combination of individual or married (i.e. each adult must be named on 3 references).

    • Please include one pastoral reference (e.g. a pastor or spiritual leader regarding your faith in Jesus); one professional reference (e.g. a supervisor where you work or volunteer); and one personal reference (a friend who knows you well and for long period of time).  See appropriate Reference documents.                   (over)

  • Submit Ohio Child Abuse Registry

  • Driver’s Documentation

  • Copy of Driver’s License

  • Copy of Automobile Insurance

  • Copy of BMV Driving Record. See “BMV Instructions” for details.

  • Home Assessment 

Please feel free to contact us at any time for questions or guidance.
Intern2@SafeFamilies.net  or 513.587.1945


Family Coach Approval Process

Steps to become an Approved Family Coach: 

  • Complete the Training
    Training is a combination of online and classroom instruction. 
    Please sign and submit the "Training Completion" document.

  • Sign the Corporal Punishment document
    Sign the Corporal Punishment document (be sure to get a witness)
    Turn in after training, or mail it to our PO Box (Coalition of Care PO Box 42693, Cincinnati OH 45242), or scan it to Intern2@SafeFamilies.net 

  • Get fingerprint/background checks
    Recommend to do this early.  Sometimes the results take weeks or months!
    See the "Fingerprint/Background Report" document for details.

  • Submit References 
    Three (3) references are required for each head-of-household, in any  combination of individual or married Please include one pastoral reference (e.g. a pastor or spiritual leader regarding your faith in Jesus); one professional reference (e.g. a supervisor where you work or volunteer); and one personal reference (a friend who knows you well and for long period of time).  See appropriate Reference documents.                   

  • Submit Ohio Child Abuse Registry
    Begin ASAP, as results take several months to return.
    See the "Child Abuse and Neglect Registry" document  

  • Driver's Documentation
    Copy of Driver's License
    Copy of Automobile Insurance
    Copy of BMV Driving Record. See "BMV Instructions" for details.

Please feel free to contact us at any time for questions or guidance.
Intern2@SafeFamilies.net  or 513.587.1945