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Our Families

Volunteer families come from faith communities all across the Denver Metro area & from diverse family situations. Wherever you live in the Denver Metro area, & whatever skills, abilities, and lived experience you present, there is a place for you on the the Safe Families for Children Team!

Our Churches

Denver Metro churches are at the core of Safe Families for Children. Church ministries play a significant role in recruiting & supporting their ministry teams to walk alongside parents who are experiencing a personal crisis.

Churches of all sizes & denominations can get involved. Whether your church can create a Safe Families for Children Ministry, or simply refer volunteer host families, family coaches, and family friends to a nearby ministry, every church can get involved!

To learn more about how you & your church can get involved, contact Deborah Johns at

Our Team

All Safe Families for Children volunteers are supported by these professionals.

State Program Director

Marcy Klinger

Marcy has been involved with the child welfare system through CASA, the treatment and prevention of the trafficking of children through the SHE Rescue Home in Cambodia, and has been in relationships with struggling women/mothers at the Boulder County jail. She spent a great deal of time thinking about how we as a society could prevent people from experiencing these kinds of devastating traumas. When she heard about Safe Families for Children, she knew that this was one of those ways. She created a pathway for Safe Families to operate in Colorado by working with the State, community stakeholders, legislators, and others to pass the Safe Family Option for Parents law in 2019.

Marcy holds a Master’s degree in Human Services Administration and lives in Broomfield with her husband, two sons, and a beloved maltipoo named Penny.

Deborah Johns


Colorado State Director

Deborah Johns joined Safe Families for Children (SFFC) as the Colorado State Director in September 2021.
She is overseeing SFFC’s growth, development and community relations. With 16 years of nonprofit leadership experience, Deborah brings a strategic eye focusing on efficiency, effectiveness and lasting transformation. She places high value on collaboration and partnerships, recognizing it takes all of us to create a better life for marginalized children and families in our community. Prior to joining Safe Families for Children, Deborah led World Vision’s Philanthropic strategy in a 4-state region as part of a $1 billion capital campaign. Preceding her time in philanthropy, she co-founded and grew a volunteer engagement program through World Vision, partnering with 2,500 churches,
hundreds of corporations, and ultimately mobilizing 500,000 volunteers throughout the United States to procure $17 million in vital supplies for families in the U.S. and abroad.

A Washington native, Deborah earned her B.A. from Gonzaga University, and Master of Nonprofit Leadership
from Seattle University. She enjoys hiking and skiing, attends Colorado Community Church and resides in
Highlands Ranch.