Maine Chapter

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Our Families

Currently there are  several active SFFC Circles of Support (COS) serving in Maine. As part of the COS, there are SFFC Host families, family friends, family coaches, and  resource friends providing hosting, transportation, mentoring, employment assistance or needed, tangible items such as diapers, car seats or meals.

Our Churches

Maine churches play an  essential and significant role – they are Safe Families for Children – in recruiting and supporting their people to serve and reach out to parents who are isolated and struggling. Churches of all sizes and various denominational or non-denominational backgrounds are part of the movement of Safe Families for Children Maine.

Volunteers come from the smallest to the largest congregations, as all followers of Jesus are awakening to the urgent needs of struggling families in our own cities and towns.

If you are interested in your church being part of the Safe Families movement, please contact our Director, Dr. Robin J Chamberlain. She is available to speak at your church or event. RChamberlain@safefamilies.net

Our Training Opportunities

We host a variety of volunteer trainings and community forum events every quarter. Whether you are a prospective volunteer, a church leader in the region, or an employee of one of the many area agencies having clients that could benefit from Safe Families, we invite you to attend a training to learn more about Safe Families. To see a schedule of our 2021events or find out how to register, click here.

Our Team

Amazing volunteers are the ones who take the movement of Safe Families for Children into the community. They are resourced and supported by a professional staff. SFFC staff passionately invest their lives in engaging churches, building the SFFC network base in the community, transitioning children into and out of host family care, supporting Family Coaches, and vetting and training volunteers for churches and the community.

Professional Staff Support:

Tiffany Ferguson is our Intake and Family Coach Coordinator. Tiffany and Kevin along with their 3 children have been serving within Safe Families for Children since June 2017.  Serving as a host family, family friend, and family coach. In October 2018, Tiffany joined the Safe Families for Children Professional Team as the Intake and Family Coach Coordinator. Growing up in Upstate New York, Tiffany received her Bachelor of Science from Keuka College. As a military wife, Tiffany is able to connect well with others with her caring and compassionate personality.  Tiffany has worked in the area of child care for over 15 years. Mark 9:37: “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”  Tiffany can be reached at maine@safefamilies.net or 207-713-0523

Robin J. Chamberlain is the Director of Safe Families for Children Maine, serving and building capacity in Central, Southern, Mid-Coast, Downeast, and Western mountain regions. She is on the SFFC National Leadership Team which covers 40 states in the USA, and she also volunteers with Safe Families Maine.

Robin holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Formational Counseling, Ashland Theological Seminary (OH) and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor; a Master’s from Trinity International University (IL); a Master’s in Child Welfare, St. Joseph College (CT). She has been with SFFC since its inception in Chicago in 2003 and brought SFFC to Maine in 2010. She comes to Safe Families with almost 40 years of professional experience in the field of child welfare and is passionate about seeing the lives of families transformed through this incredible movement of the local church and community. If you are interested in your church being a part of the Safe Families movement, please contact Robin. She is available to speak at your church or event. Robin can be reached at rchamberlain@safefamilies.net.

Maine Leadership Council:

Leadership Council Chair:

Natallie Gentles-Gibbs is a social worker, with experience in the therapeutic foster care system. Her professional career includes various roles working with children and families, both here in the U.S. and in Jamaica, where she is from. Natallie completed her PhD at Boston University and currently teaches social work at the University of Southern Maine. She is married to Lance and they are parents to Mathieu-Ethan and Mackenzie. The family lives in southern Maine and worships at New Life Church in Biddeford.

Natallie is passionate about grooming young hearts and minds, family empowerment and racial equality. One of her favorite passages is from Psalm 75: 3 which states “When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm”, a reminder that despite our circumstances (especially after 2020!), God remains in perfect control.

Leadership Council Members:

A native of Massachusetts, Joanne Reiniger, has lived in eleven houses in six different states and currently resides in Dover Foxcroft, Maine, and attends Pilgrim Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bangor. The mother of three adult children, she also has two large dogs and a cat. She raises chickens for eggs and meat and grows apples and vegetables, and she has honey bees. She enjoys classical music and the Psalter as well as hiking and other outdoor activities.  Joanne’s favorite verse is Psalm 62:1 which says, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.”

Joanne is new to Safe Families and recently completed both the core training and the Family Friend training. A Physician Assistant, Joanne also volunteers some of her time in public health and pregnancy care as well as does some midwifery.

Jennifer Balser has been volunteering with Safe Families for four years. She and her husband are Family Friends providing rides, babysitting, and meals. Jennifer first heard about Safe Families when someone gave a presentation at her church. Jennifer struggles with fear, and volunteering in this way is definitely not something that comes naturally, but God is faithful, and they have been able to help and meet people that she wouldn’t normally have known. Her favorite verses are Jeremiah 17:7, 8: Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.  

Jennifer and her husband live in Topsham and attend Hope Church in Brunswick. They’ve been married 27 years and have three adult children. Jennifer enjoys reading, writing, quilting, crafting, gardening, and being outdoors. Jennifer avoids cleaning, but does like to organize.