Safe Families for Children

Minneapolis/St. Paul

About Our Chapter

Minnesota Developments & Updates

Summer 2019

County-based partnership: Anoka County

Since 2016, SFFC MN has been working to intentionally support Anoka County Human Services (Public Health, Parent Support Outreach, Adult Mental Health and Social Services) to improve the local child welfare efforts – through a collaborative called the Connected Kids Initiative – leveraging the strengths of SFFC to lead a co-recruitment effort to find homes.  Through strategic partnerships with 7 area churches – we saw 80 new host families emerge and a 30% increase in new foster homes for the county.

We were awarded the University of Minnesota Humphrey School Local Government Innovation Award in partnership with Anoka County and CKI.

GOLFING @ TPC TWIN CITIES:  AUGUST 20 – join TPC ROSE golfing event to support SFFC MN!  We’ll be there too!  We are thankful to be selected as the 2019 TPC ROSE beneficiary!

Anoka-Hennepin School District (Fall 2019)

Because of our success in Anoka County, we are preparing for growth into the largest school district in MN – with 38,000 students, 1,200 were identified as homeless.  We’re preparing to support their 50 social workers and find wonderful host families through their network of faith communities – would you join in?  We need financial sponsors (SF Advocates) and area churches to participate.

Check out the Safe Families Advocate Page for giving details (NOTE: ISD 11 for giving) or email Church Engagement Manager, Penny Isaac-Nelson for suggested churches. (pisaac-nelson@safefamilies.net)

Wright and Sherburne County – expanding the Northwest metro collaborative

We’ve found natural growth into the Wright and Sherburne County Social Services area – cousin counties of Anoka.  We are in early stages of planning and engaging area churches – look for learning circles to emerge for fall.

Alexandria Area (Stevens, Douglas, Grant, Pope & Traverse Counties) – Launch February 2020

The excitement of our work in Anoka County carried all the way west to the Alexandria area.  We’re working to organize our collaboration as we speak and are looking for:

  1. Financial investors to help launch a new site! Please consider giving Safe Families Advocate Page for giving details (NOTE: Alexandria Launch)
  2. New church partnerships or interested volunteers across 5 county area, please email Lindsey Zitzmann (SafeFamiliesWestCentralMN@gmail.com).