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Help out a Family in Need

Becoming a Safe Families for Children™ Host Family is a rewarding and unique experience. If opening your home to help a child in need is of interest to you, read through the requirements and steps below to get started.


Safe Families for Children Host Family Guidelines

Host Family Criteria

All host families must:

  • Be able to support child(ren) during stay.

  • Be over the age of 25 and be emotionally stable, mature, and law abiding.

  • Not abuse drugs or 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.

Host Family 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 volunteer host families 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 have 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.

Steps to Become a Safe Families for Children Host Family

  1. Interest Form: Fill-out the online interest form to begin the process of becoming a host family. You will be connected to a local host church or social service agency who will send you an application for your region and support you as a host family.

  2. Home Visit: As soon as we receive your completed application, we will contact you to set up a time for a home visit. This visit gives us an opportunity to get acquainted and also allow our staff to visually confirm that your home is a safe place.

  3. Training: Training provides opportunities for personal growth that can help make your experience with Safe Families for Children more rewarding for you, your family, and for the children who may come into your home. SFFC training is available online and takes about four hours to complete. You will receive an e-mail with your username and password.

  4. Background Check/Fingerprinting: This varies from state-to-state. After submitting your application, someone from your local Safe Families for Children office will contact you regarding background checks.

  5. Letters of Recommendation: It is our policy to recruit Safe Families for Children volunteers whose lives reflect stable personal values and morals. Thus, volunteers need to provide three letters of reference from people who can attest to this aspect of their lives.

  6. Host Family Clearance: Once your clearance is complete, you will be contacted by your local Safe Family for Children partner when there is a child and family that needs help.