The SAFY Blog
National Adoption Awareness MonthPublished: November 10, 2017
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Join SAFY in raising awareness for children who deserve forever families. At SAFY, we strive to make every month about awareness for children and youth by working within our communities to increase the number of families willing to consider opening their hearts to foster care with the intention of reunification or adoption...
National Bullying Prevention MonthPublished: October 19, 2017
Communities, organizations, schools and individuals come together to raise awareness for bullying prevention.
Did you know that 1 in every 5 children report being bullied? Bullying is classified as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance...
Therapeutic foster care and behavioral health services address underserved need among foster youthPublished: September 20, 2017
To meet the mental health needs of foster youth and families, SAFY provides therapeutic foster care and behavioral health services.
Many youth in foster care have experienced traumatic events in their lifetimes. In fact, it’s been cited that up to 80 percent of children in foster care have significant mental health issues, compared to about 18-22 percent of the general population...
SAFY Addresses Foster Parent FAQsPublished: August 29, 2017
Have you considered becoming a foster parent but have some questions?
Here are some of the top questions SAFY receives from people looking to become foster parents...
Am I ready to become a foster parent?Published: August 21, 2017
Am I ready for foster or adoptive parenting?
Are you considering becoming a foster parent but unsure whether you're ready? SAFY offers resources to help guide you...
The Power of Community SupportPublished: August 2, 2017
Foster youth want what all children need and desire—the opportunity to live up to their greatest potential in life.
Each year, more than 400,000 children are removed from their homes with the promise of being reunified with their family or finding permanency through adoption or kinship care. For more than 23,000 of these youth, this promise is broken...
Purposeful Parenting Month 2017Published: July 12, 2017
Purposeful parenting encourages active and engaged pareting to build strong families
Purposeful parenting is all about being an active and engaged parent to build strong, positive and functional families. Some childcare experts equate purposeful parenting with positive parenting techniques...
What makes treatment foster parents so special?Published: May 19, 2017
Is it the training they receive to offer trauma-informed care, or is it helping children learn positive coping skills to deal with stress?
Maybe it’s their ability to understand, recognize and respond to the effects of trauma while providing stability and guidance to youth in their care. So what makes treatment foster parents so special? It’s all of that and more — the patience, empathy and time invested in kids who deserve the chance to have a happy, normal childhood.
Signs to watch for in children who may be in abusive or neglectful situationsPublished: April 24, 2017
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which helps raise public awareness about preventing child maltreatment.
During the month of April and throughout the year, National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families...
Why I became a social workerPublished: March 20, 2017
In celebration of Social Work Month, SAFY is recognzing a few of many dedicated and passionate social workers who go above and beyond on a daily basis to support SAFY's mission.
Our social workers play a vital role in making an impact on families, children and the communities that we serve. At SAFY, we take pride in supporting our clinical staff with flexible work schedules...
Helping older youth secure successful futuresPublished: February 13, 2017
SAFY older youth services promotes independence, wellness and success for older youth and young adults aging out of foster care.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that approximately 20,000 youth age out of and exit foster care each year. Exits may be positive, when youth are emancipated to independent living or...
How to protect your child from human traffickingPublished: January 11, 2017
Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery and a multibillion-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people, including children, around the world. According to the FBI, human trafficking is believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world. Sadly, many cases of human trafficking include children who are forced labor, or are trafficked for sexual exploitation.