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.
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.
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.
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.