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Northern California Family Center - A Foster Family and Runaway Agency

2244 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez, CA. 94553 (925) 370-1990

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Safe Place Program at NCFC                                      

Safe Place Beginnings

The Safe Place Program is a national program, begun in 1983. In 1999, we began the Safe Place Program in Contra Costa County in order to increase access to shelter services for youth. Safe Place is a distinct community outreach project that relies upon community agencies including the YMCA, The Contra Costa Fire District, and the County Connection bus line. Safe Place increases a youth’s access to help. Any child can walk into a Safe Place location and request assistance throughout the county. The location notifies the Northern California Family Center that a youth needs help. Crisis Services can then be offered. 

Call us at 925-370-1990 for help. 

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Youth may experience difficult problems during their young lives: abuse, neglect, family troubles, dangerous dating situations, bullying, homelessness, drug abuse, etc. These, among other problems, may lead young people to make difficult, and sometimes dangerous, decisions in an effort to escape what it is they are going through. Sometimes, youth feel they don’t belong, and leaving home is often not a choice they want to make. Yet, national agencies estimate that between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away from home each year.

No matter the reason, young people have a place to turn in times of need. Youth may visit any designated Safe Place site location and receive immediate help. (NCFC is a Safe Place sit location.)

Children and teens deserve access to a Safe Place and a chance to work through their problems with the support of caring adults.