Core Training is required for all direct contact volunteer roles. (Family Friend, Host Family, Family Coach, Ministry Lead)

This training provides an overview of the Safe Families for Children movement, biblical hospitality, connecting with parents and children, and the various ways to get involved. 

This training is required for all Host families and Family coaches.

It provides details of the intake process, welcoming a child into your home, development and growth, discipline, home safety, and preparing a child for returning home. 

This training is required to volunteer as a Family Coach. 

The Family Coach supports the placing parent, monitors the safety and well-being of the child in hosting, supports the host family as they care for the child, and plans for the end of hosting. They are the primary contact for both the placing parent and the host family, ensuring a successful relationship between both. 

This training is required to be a Ministry Lead volunteer.

The volunteer Ministry Lead works through the church to develop an infrastructure of support for volunteers within the church, support volunteers through encouragement, debriefing, and resources. The Ministry Lead acts as the liaison between their church community and Safe Families staff, and assists in on-going volunteer recruitment. 

Family Friends of parents whose children are not being hosted offer friendship, advocacy, encouragement, and other needed support to help build resilience and help strengthen families

Learn PC Care Parenting Skills through recorded webinars and handouts. This training is for:

  • Hosts and Family Friends who want to be equipped to help children experiencing the trauma of separation from parents.
  • Volunteers and Coaches who want to help placing parents increase their effectiveness in parenting.
  • Family Coach Supervisors who want to provide support and guidance for their Volunteer Coaches.
  • Chapter Directors who want to see fewer disruptions in placements and greater stability in placing families. 

Safe Families PLUS (Providing Lasting Unconditional Support) Mentor Training guides you through the best practices of mentoring teenagers and young adults, particularly those who are in the child welfare system. 

Additional training and resources by topic area, including diving deeper into cultural competency, connecting with children, relationship building, understanding poverty, and book recommendations.