“Kids just want to feel safe. A child feeling safe in their orientation is equally as important as a child feeling secure in their education, feeling secure at home, feeling secure in having enough food to eat. Those are all basic human needs and that’s why we need so many more foster parents so that kids can find a place where they feel their needs are met so they can heal prosper and thrive,” SAFY Foster Parent Recruiter, Esteralla Alvarez
“Our goal every Christmas is to have wonderful gifts to give to these youth who are effected by foster care,” said Sylvia Roop, foster parent recruiter of the Sidney Division. “This year we had 120 youth we needed to fill toys for.”
We work to connect youth experiencing foster care with loving families 365 days a year. We asked SAFY Foster Parents, James and Katie Aardema to share why they chose to become foster parents. Check out the full stroy!
Congratulations to our SAFY of Charleston Treatment Director, Brooke Clark for being recognized as a rising star in the business community. Check out her interview to learn how she is leading SAFY’s Mission to improve the lives of many youth and families in Charleston, SC.
Read Demetria’s interview to learn more about how she is improving Birmingham’s communities by stabilizing at-risk families and supporting older youth experiencing foster care.
January 21, 2021
Congratulations to SAFY’s Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer Veronica Farris! Veronica is one of 50 leaders featured on the cover of the Columbus CEO Insider magazine!
October 8, 2020
At SAFY, a nonprofit preserving families and securing futures through therapeutic foster care, we are responding urgently to ensure the safety and stability of children and their families through this uncertain time.
May 5, 2020
The need for foster families doesn’t stop during a pandemic. It takes a village to raise a child, and that saying especially rings true right now. You can make a big difference in a child’s life during this time of uncertainty.
May 1, 2020
Roughly 3,000 children in Marion County are in need of family services, whether it’s through foster parents or relative care. Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) helps license foster families, and then provides resources to them and children.
May 1, 2020
In honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month, Mary Jo talks with James Acquisto from SAFY of Kentucky about how people can help foster children in need.
April 16, 2020
SAFY of Kentucky volunteer delivers art supplies to foster children to spark creativity during school shutdown
Jane Kennedy, a volunteer for Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, a local nonprofit foster care agency, delivered the baskets to enable the kids to have fun and use their creativity to express how they’re dealing with being out of school.
April 7, 2020
An estimated 6,500 children in Alabama are in need of foster care. Yet only about 1,700 foster homes are available. There are organizations that help pair children with foster families. Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, or SAFY, is one of those organizations.
March 7, 2020
There wasn’t a dry eye inside an Adams County courtroom on Tuesday after a 3rd grade girl found her forever family. Aerith was surrounded by dozens of her Louisville Elementary School classmates for the proceedings.
January 28, 2020
November is National Adoption Month and a local nonprofit named SAFY is making sure children in foster care have a forever home.