Safe Families Canada strives to meet four objectives:
1. Family Support and Stabilization: Many parents struggle because of limited informal social supports and unavailable extended family. Many Host Families become the extended family that a parent never had, as does the local church congregation.
2. Child Welfare Deflection: Safe Families is a preventative measure, thus reducing the number of children entering the child welfare system.
3. Child Abuse Prevention: Providing an overwhelmed and resource limited parent with a safe, temporary place for their child without threat of losing custody can avert potential abuse/neglect episodes.
4. Strengthening Compassion Ministries of the Church: Participation in Safe Families provides churches with the opportunity to apply the Lord’s commands to care for families. Some call it a movement of compassion while others respond to the idea of returning to Biblical hospitality. Both concepts are embodied in the acts of loving a child, mentoring a parent or supporting the movement with goods and services.