Welcome to SAFY of



Helping Families Build Futures through Foster Care and Family Services

Strong families are the foundation of strong communities.  To help stabilize our community’s foundation, we are committed to improving the well-being of families and children by providing a strong framework of services helping them heal, have hope and thrive — all critical threads in the fabric of a strong community.

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a message from our executive director, Demetria Parnell-Scott, LCSW

Since 1998, SAFY of Alabama has cared for families and children, providing a brighter today and strength for them to carry throughout their lifetime.  Our qualified staff ensure programmatic excellence and positive clinical outcomes, boasting a proven track record of successful program development and a deep understanding of the needs of families and children.



therapeutic foster care

Our Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) services provide a stable home environment with families who care for and believe any child or teen can achieve their full potential.  Utilizing a team of highly-qualified treatment foster homes, we support each youth’s greatest needs.  Our foster families are equipped with tools such as parental skill building and behavioral coping skills to ensure each child’s physical and emotional health needs are met.  Our foster parents serve as Agents of Hope, a mentoring bridge between youth and their biological or adoptive family, securing a child and teen’s safety, permanency, and well-being. 

Our families care for youth who have been impacted by trauma:

  • Youth placed in Therapeutic Foster Care
  • Youth preparing to transition from care to independent living
  • Young mothers caring for infants, and
  • Youth with medical and behavioral challenges

family preservation & reunification

The storms of life can threaten the stability of any family’s foundation.  Our Intensive In-home Family Preservation and Reunification program puts families on a path to creating and maintaining a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for every member.  We work with families who have an open case or involvement with the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Our services include:

  • Anger management
  • Child abuse prevention
  • Domestic violence education & prevention
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Alleviating home safety risks
  • Substance abuse education

older youth & independent living services

Our Older Youth Services provide the independent living tools youth need to build and maintain a strong foundation for the transition into adulthood.  We work alongside youth building a strong foundation focusing on their skills to become productive members of their community.  We provide concrete supports to help youth achieve self-sufficiency and thrive so they’re able to achieve the future they envision for themselves through:

  • Safe and stable housing
  • Physical and mental health
  • Preparation for post-secondary education
  • Job readiness and searches
  • Financial education
  • Social skills
  • Parenting skills

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SAFY Affiliates, Partners & Supporters

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