Bethany Christian Services Inc dba Safe Families for Children
GRAND RAPIDS MI 49503-1201
Safe Families for Children™ (SFFC) is a national movement of compassion that gives hope to families in crisis. This network of volunteer host families help parents who need temporary care for their children as they work through unmanageable or critical circumstances.The goal of the SFFC ministry is to offer support in a time of need and reunite children with their families in a stronger home environment.
CEO/Executive Director Kevin Trotter
Board Chair Mark Goldstein
Board Chair Affiliation Central Florida Christian Chamber
General Info
Organization DBA
Safe Families for Children
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1987
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Jan 2019
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement

In 2016, we:

1) Effectively launched the Safe Families for Children program in the Bradenton/Sarasota area.

2) Created a local volunteer leadership team to continue to grow the program and raise needed funds to increase our impact in the local area.
3) Hosted our first children through the program, keeping them out of foster care!
In 2018, our goals are to:
1)  Host 25 children in the local area.
2) Continue to raise funds so as to increase our part-time worker from 10 hours per week to 25 hours per week.
3) Gain at least 5 new church partners to expand our capacity of host families to host more children.  
Needs Statement
1)      Assist with concrete needs such as groceries or clothing for local families in crisis: $200
2)      Help cover background screening costs for host families: $100
3)      Ensure Case Coaches are recruited to serve families in crisis, linking them to community resources: $1,000
4)      Help build capacity of host families to ensure no child in crisis is turned away: $5,000
5)      Support the hosting of 25 children in the community while their families are working through their crisis: $10,000
Background Statement

Founded in Chicago in 2003, Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) is a volunteer movement that gives hope and support to families in distress. Located in 70 cities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and other countries, Safe Families supports families during crises. We are motivated by compassion to keep children safe and out of foster care.

Under current economic conditions, many families experience financial crisis, unemployment, and homelessness. Often these situations result in, or are made worse by, other hardships such as parental violence, drug or alcohol use, physical or mental illness, or incarceration.

In these situations, parents or guardians may be incapable of providing a safe and caring environment for their children, putting them at risk of abuse and neglect. In the past, extended family or neighbors stepped in to help families in crisis by caring for their children for short periods of time. Today, however, many families are socially isolated, and their extended family is nonexistent, or unavailable or unable to help.

Adding to the problem is the fact that most state child welfare agencies are required under law to rescue only those children who suffer blatant abuse or neglect, leaving thousands of children at risk.

Safe Families hosts vulnerable children. We create extended-family–like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by faith to keep children safe and to reunite families.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Thank you for researching Bethany Christian Services and our Safe Families for Children program. As the leader of our mission here in Florida, I am extremely passionate about seeing children in safe and loving families. Here in the Sarasota area, we know many families find themselves in a place of crisis with nowhere to turn—with no extended support network. Through our Safe Families for Children program, we seek to be that extended safety net for families in crisis so they can maintain custody of their children, all the while ensuring their children are cared for and safe. We have a proven track record of providing this service in Florida since 2008 and are beyond blessed to offer this integral service in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. Thank you for your interest.

Description Safe Families hosts trainings at different area churches to recruit, equip and approve all of our program volunteers. At these events, information is shared and discussion is had to prepare anyone entering the ministry of Safe Families for Children. Potential host families, coaches, and individuals interested in providing wrap-around care attend these trainings. 
Budget $5,500
Category Human Services, General/Other Family Preservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Families
Short Term Success By the end of one training workshop, we will have recruited at least two additional host families, one coaches, and eight advocates for the work of Safe Families.  
Long Term Success
After a number of trainings in different area churches, our community will see a great deal of improvement through the following means: 
1. Church awareness of local families in need; resulting in the local church taking some of the burden off of child welfare agencies and exhausted community programs
2. A larger number of host families recruited, trained and approved therefore allowing;
   a. More children at risk of abuse or neglect being placed in a safe environment during a time of crisis
   b. More families in crisis being reached before anything escalates to danger for a child
   c. Less tax dollars spent for children placed in foster care (due to Safe Families being able to intervene before this becomes necessary.)
3. A larger number of coaches trained to help the parent/family in crisis resulting in; 
   a. Healthier family units due to a better support system
   b. Parents receiving help through different community resources and ministries with needs such as job training, career exploration, substance abuse recovery help, parenting classes, life skills trainings. 
Program Success Monitoring We will monitor the success of these trainings by regularly checking in with host families to make sure they continually feel equipped and supported, by assisting parents that were in crisis at the start of our involvement get to a healthier place physically, emotionally, spiritually, and by monitoring the placement of each child to make sure that they are safe, healthy and loved. 
Program Success Examples
4,606 families have hosted children since Safe Families began in 2002. (National Statistic)
24,426 children have been matched with a loving host family since 2002. (National Statistic)
Visit this link for other great national Safe Families for Children success stories:

Safe Families for Children is a nationally-recognized, replicable program that serves children and their parents who are experiencing short-term crisis situations such as sudden illness, job loss, unexpected eviction, single parenthood, or postpartum depression. Unfortunate circumstances often create stress that will lead families to putting their children at risk for neglect and abuse. Safe Families for Children (SFFC) allows parents to voluntarily place their children with a host family who provides safety and housing until the parents can become established and improve their stability and quality of life.

The objectives of the program are to prevent child abuse; to provide family support and stabilization; and to proactively and appropriately deflect children from entering the child welfare system. 

We officially began hosting children in Bradenton and Sarasota in 2016.

Budget $9,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Family Preservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success

In 2016, we:

1) Launched the Safe Families for Children Program in Bradenton/Sarasota.

2)  Created a volunteer leadership team to grow the program, raise funds and grow the impact of the program.
3) Hosted our first children through the program in Bradenton/Sarasota. 
Long Term Success

Nationally, over 90% of children hosted within Safe Families for Children are able to safely remain with their families rather than being placed in foster care. 

Program Success Monitoring Monthly reviews of programmatic performance, numbers of children served, numbers of churches engaged and funds raised. Assessing monthly the percentage of children who were effectively deflected from the child welfare system.
Program Success Examples At this time, all children hosted within the local area have successfully been deflected from foster care and have stayed safely with their families.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kevin Trotter
CEO Term Start Jan 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Kevin Trotter joined Bethany Christian Services in 2013 and currently serves as the Florida Executive Director. Kevin has a master’s degree in human services and has worked with at-risk children and families for seven years. Prior to that, Kevin worked in local law enforcement for 11 years. Kevin has been married for 17 years and has six children. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Cheri Williams Mar 2012 - July 2017
Senior Staff
Brittany Friis Adoptions Supervisor
Christina McGee Safe Families Supervisor
Kevin Trotter Executive Director
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 9
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
We collaborate with the national network of Safe Families for Children as well the the Christian Alliance for Orphans. 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation
Awards & Recognition
Congressional Angels in Adoption Award2013
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mark Goldstein
Company Affiliation Central Florida Christian Chamber
Board Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Barbara Gaines Sense of Etiquette
Mark Goldstein Central Florida Christian Chamber
Jamie Johnson Community Volunteer
Carole Orr Community Volunteer
Ken Ray Hillsborough Community College
Karen Showler Renovation Life Church
Phil Showler Trainertainment
Nikki Songie Platinum Key Realty
Pia Valvasorri Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 72
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $1,443,279.00
Projected Expenses $1,413,750.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,219,356$1,053,779$801,348
Administration Expense$49,521$51,752$36,254
Fundraising Expense$25,434$11,695$24,560
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.021.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%94%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%8%26%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$370,527$285,343$253,544
Current Assets$368,155$282,108$249,446
Long-Term Liabilities$7,776$10,886$13,996
Current Liabilities$111,876$89,071$74,368
Total Net Assets$250,875$185,386$165,180
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountService Fees $644,948Service Fees $644,948Service Fees $596,073
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountChild Support $295,624Child Support $295,624Child Support $240,097
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $150,388Contributions, gifts, grants $150,388Contributions, gifts, grants $94,959
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.293.173.35
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%4%6%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
We rely upon the generosity of our donors so that we may provide services across Florida and most specifically in the Bradenton/Sarasota area free of charge to our clients. We are grateful you are taking some time getting to know our mission and heart for the local community and children in need.  
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information for Florida taken solely from the audited financial statements as the Federal tax returns are consolidated for all locations.
Nonprofit Bethany Christian Services Inc dba Safe Families for Children
Address 901 EASTERN AVE NE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 34787 1201
Phone 407 877-4006