About Our Chapter
Safe Families for Children would not exist without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. We have host families who graciously open their homes temporarily to children whose parents are going through a difficult time. Host families and partnering families are supported by a team of volunteers who provide help such as transportation, meals, babysitting, resource donations, mentoring, and employment assistance. Our volunteer family coaches monitor the care of children in host homes and support partnering parents in getting back on their feet.
The backbone of the SFFC movement is the Church, as we believe that the Church is called to play a key role in supporting struggling families in our community. Local churches recruit volunteers and support their congregations to serve and reach out to parents who are in a crisis situation. Our partner churches vary in size and denomination, but there is a common theme among them–they all have at their core the desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need in our community. If this matches the culture of your church, please contact us so that we can partner together. Watch this video showing how the SFFC church model supports families in crisis.
Our Staff and Leadership Team
Safe Families for Children is volunteer driven and professionally supported. Our churches, volunteer families, and leadership team are the driving force behind the Safe Families movement. We also have a staff who is passionate about growing the SFFC movement. Staff members support our churches, reach out to referring agencies, vet volunteers (including conducting home screenings), provide training to volunteers, provide intake vetting, supervise the hosting and family-friending arrangements, and much more.
Kimberly Curlin, Chapter Director
Kimberly Curlin holds a BA in Spanish and International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. After living in Bolivia for one year followed by 8 years in the Chicago Mexican inner-city neighborhood “La Villita,” she and her family moved to a south Chicago suburb which is where they joined Safe Families as a Host Family. Returning with her husband and four children to Raleigh after 15 years in Chicagoland, Kimberly became a co-catalyst to launch SFFC in 2016, then the volunteer Community Coordinator and a Family Coach, and finally the Chapter Director. She “retired” from 12 years of homeschooling in May 2018 in order to serve as Chapter Director. She is passionate about connecting families in crisis with their neighbors in local churches so that parents are supported, kids are safe, families remain intact, and churches are involved!
The Curlins attend Church of the Apostles Anglican Church in Raleigh.
Latoya McCutcheon, Assistant Director, Intake and Family Coach Supervisor
Latoya McCutcheon is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She has worked in executive leadership roles in both non-profit and corporate sectors for over the past 15 years, holding the credentials of a bachelor’s degree in business, master’s degree in counseling, and an ED.S. in educational leadership. Latoya has a passion for leading and empowering others. However, her most valued mission is that of serving as a wife and mother. Alongside her husband of 19 years, she desires to impact the lives of those in need by being a resource to the underserved.
Susan Youngsteadt (MSW, LCSW), Volunteer and Community Engagement
Susan is a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in trauma, grief, and anxiety/depression. She holds a Bachelor of Administration in Psychology with minors in Non-Profit Management Studies and Social Work from North Carolina State University; she also holds a Master of Social Work from NCSU. Susan works part-time for SFFC, conducting Volunteer Interviews/Home Screens, helping with community engagement, and lending her expertise in a variety of ways. She attends Hope Community Church of Raleigh.
Diana Castaño Johnson, Church and Volunteer Engagement
After graduating from UNC-CH with a double major in psychology and communications, Diana moved to Raleigh and had the privileged of serving with Reformed University Fellowship, a campus ministry at NC State. She also worked with Community HOPE, a YMCA mentoring program that serves families in Raleigh, and most recently focused on community development efforts within her church. Diana is so excited to work with Safe Families For Children as it pairs her passion for the gospel and her desire to advocate for the community through encouraging and supportive relationships between churches and the community. Diana and her husband Matt enjoy exploring Raleigh with their pup and are members at Christ the King PCA church.
Pamela Kuhl, Volunteer Administrator
Pam Kuhl has been volunteering with SFFC since December 2017. She has been a Ministry Lead, Family Coach, and Family Friend in addition to volunteering her time as our Volunteer Administrator. Pam moved away from North Carolina in May 2019, but she continues to serve as Volunteer Administrator remotely. We are so grateful for Pam.
Amy Gourley, Leadership Council
Amy is excited about Safe Families of Wake County and all of the ways it equips people to love and care for our neighbors in crisis. Her goal is to spread the word about this wonderful ministry and invite others to be involved.
Amy and her husband, Mike, will celebrate 18 years of marriage this year, and are parents to two daughters. They attend Imago Dei Church in North Raleigh, and Amy teaches Spanish for Wake County Public Schools.
Pamela Lietz, Leadership Council
Pamela Lietz lives in downtown Raleigh and worships at Christ the King, where she learned about Safe Families and was immediately drawn to the service model. Having been a health care administrator for more than 20 years, she brings skills and experience from community hospital and medical university settings. Currently, she is a small business owner that services events with open-air photo booths.
Pamela has served on boards or led efforts for a variety of not-for-profits. She has a marketing degree from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from Wake Forest. Pamela and her husband, Tim, have been married for 30 years and have two teenage children and two dogs.
Joy Sasser, Leadership Council
Joy Sasser and her husband, Travis, have been married 19 years and have four children. They reside in Holly Springs and are actively involved in Sovereign Grace Church of Apex.
Joy graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1995. In 1998 She attended Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary as a Billy Graham Scholar working on her Main Missions, but in the spring of 1999, she was wooed down to NC to marry Travis. Four children soon followed and then 12 years of homeschooling. As some of her homeschooling responsibilities have lessened she has taken over payroll and marketing at Sasser Law Firm.
Having been acquainted with SFFC for many years through her sister Julie Paine, who is the National Director of SFFC with Bethany Christian Services, Joy was eager to get on board when a chapter developed in Raleigh. She is the Ministry Lead for Sovereign Grace Church of Apex as well as a Host Family and Family Coach. As the team at SGC grows she will focus more of her time as Ministry Lead and an Advisory Council member.