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Madison County - A non-profit organization specializing in placing children from needy families with care providers during crisis is expanding into Madison County.

Safe Families has recently started a Madison County chapter and has even partnered with local churches, according to officials.

State Director of Safe Families Christa Davis said that the group has been looking at expanding into Madison County for several months.

“We’ve been working on this for about six months now,” Davis said. “And it was really always part of the vision, to serve as many families as possible.”

Safe Families is part of a national program that started in Chicago in 2002. The Indiana chapter was started in 2008 with a grant from Oprah Winfrey. The group is located in Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Decatur, Boone and now Madison Counties. Last year the group served 395 needy families.

Madison County Director Emma Johnson, who lives in Pendleton, said the new county-wide chapter has been up and running since Feb. 25 and is currently looking not just for host families, but with other helpful organizations.

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