Who We Are

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) is a national non-profit organization. Since 1984, we have been a leader in the provision of programs and services that improve the safety and well-being of families, children and communities. Our history formed our reputation as a quality Therapeutic Foster Care provider for youth unable to remain in their home of origin.

Today, our Model of Care provides community-based services for families and children who have experienced trauma and are at risk for or have experienced family disruption or out-of-home placement. Guided by our Mission to Preserve Families and Secure Futures, we care for more than 13,000 families and children each year, delivering a progression of care that provides a brighter today and strengthens families and children throughout their lifetime.

Our Mission

SAFY's Mission is to Preserve Families and Secure Futures.

Our Vision

SAFY's Vision is to become a national leader in the provision of community-based care resulting in permanency and well-being for families and youth.

Our Values

Our Values are a reflection of who we are and of our commitment to Preserving Families and Securing Futures.

We believe in:

Accountability -- Ownership of our actions and decisions

Integrity -- Adherence to the highest ethical standards

Excellence -- Performance that achieves the greatest impact

Communication -- Openness that cultivates a healthy and productive environment

Advocacy -- A clear voice for families and their children

Respect -- Valuing the rights, dignity and beliefs of others

Our promise is a progression of care that provides a brighter today and strength for families and children to carry throughout their lifetime.

SAFY Leadership

Photo of William MattWilliam Matt
President and Chief Executive Officer
Photo of Jane WintzJane Wintz - LISW-S
Chief Operating Officer
Photo of Nathan LeonhardNathan Leonhard, MBA
Chief of Finance & Business Administration

Photo of Veronica FarrisVeronica Farris - MBA
Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer
Photo of Kelly DavisKelly Davis - PhD
Chief Organizational Development & Research Officer

Board of Directors

Carter Papke, Board Chairman
Millbrook, AL

Crystal Collins-Camargo, Vice Chairman
Boston, KY

Quan Cory, Secretary
Cridersville, OH

Natasha Davis
Gahanna, OH


Don Layton
Las Vegas, NV

Dick Matt
Jefferson City, MO

Ben Brooks
 Pauma Valley, CA

Richard Levy
Seattle, WA

Dan Pappas
Fort Wayne, IN