Family Friends of parents whose children are not being hosted provide mentoring, support, advocacy, babysitting, and other needed befriending supports to encourage a parent in crisis and to ultimately strengthen their family.
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.
Safe Families for Children Core Training is required for all volunteer roles, and 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 host families, and 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.
Resources for Home Gatherings
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.