Host Family Guidelines

Host families will be offered a wide array of training opportunities and resources to support them as they open their homes and hearts to children in the Safe Families for Children Network. To be considered for a Host Family volunteer position, individual, and families must meet the basic criteria listed below. 

Portrait of a teenage boyVolunteer Criteria

All Safe Families for Children volunteers must:

  • Able to support child during stay.
  • Be over the age of 25 and be emotionally stable, mature and law abiding.
  • Not abuse drugs and alcohol.
  • Refrain from profanity and other potentially damaging behavior.
  • Be sufficiently healthy and active in order to keep up with the demands of caring for a child.
  • Be involved or willing to work with a Safe Families for Children host church.

Volunteer Duties

At Safe Families for Children, the safety and well-being of children entrusted to our care is the highest priority. We ask that all Safe Families for Children volunteers make a commitment to fulfill the following duties.

Maintain a safe, clean home.

  • Be able to meet the child’s health and safety needs and provide adequate supervision.
  • Provide a bed and personal care items, such as diapers, toiletries, etc.
  • Nurture the child and promote acceptance within the family, treating each child in the household with fairness.
  • Provide clothing items as needed (child will come with some clothing).
  •  Provide transportation as needed to school, doctor appointments, etc.
  • Notify the Family Coach of any pending changes in status, such as a new address or phone number, a change in employment, or a change in the number of people living in your home.
  • Notify the Family Coach immediately of any medical, behavioral or other emergencies.
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Safe Families for Children Church Criteria

Churches of all sizes are necessary to provide for vulnerable children within our communities. As a partner, we ask that all churches:

  • Be a community of faith committed to reaching out to your community in an effort to prevent child abuse and tangibly express love to families experiencing crisis.
  • Select a staff member as a liaison for Safe Families for Children Volunteer Leadership.
  • Accept the child and her/his parents. Promote acceptance within the SFFC family and congregation.
  • Continue to promote SFFC and opportunities for families and individuals to be involved.
  • Notify Family Coach or host agencies of any concerns related to a volunteer family’s ability to nurture, meet the health, safety and supervision needs of children within the Safe Families for Children program.