05/12/2010 02:24 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Safe Families Takes In Children While Parents Get Back On Their Feet

Last year, CBS News' Katie Couric visited a young family in Chicago that had come upon hard times. Their parents had lost their jobs and their house, and little Lawrie and Isabel were forced to sleep on trains during the night.

On a report from last night's "CBS Evening News", Katie Couric catches up with the family, which has been helped by the organization Safe Families, who places children with temporary foster parents while the parents get back on their feet.

Safe Families operates in 25 cities and, just in the past year, the number of children placed in homes through the organization has jumped from 1,000 to 3,000.

From CBS News:

Being separated from your family is traumatic, but Malik, a boy we met last year, believed it would be for the best. Now, Malik is back with his family. His mother LaTonya is now planning to go back to school to help provide for her children - something she says she can do because of Safe Families.


CBS News reported on Safe Families are part of their Children of the Recession series.