Host Family / Family Coach

Be A Host Family

It is our preference to recruit Host Family parents that see their participation in this program as a way of living out the Stronger-Familiescompassion of Christ by caring for the hurting.  Volunteer Host parents with this mindset are able to bring the healing dynamic of Christian love to children and families in crisis.

It is the policy of Safe Families to approve the most competent and effective Host Family parents to care for the needs of the children.  The ultimate goal is to provide a culturally relevant and secure family that is free from any potential dangers to the safe child. It is also important for the child to feel loved and cared for, and feel as though they are a part of the family. The impact you have in the life of this child is significant.  Host Families are screened through a process which involves police checks, references, and a home study assessment. They receive training and serve without compensation.

Children are monitored in the host home by SFC Family Coaches to ensure compliance to guidelines. Average length of stay is 45 days with ranges from 1 day to 3 months.

Ages of children placed: New born infants through parenting teens.
Referral Sources: Community organizations, day care centres, hospitals, drug treatment and homeless centers, prisons, schools, police stations, adoption agencies, etc.

Steps to Becoming a Host Family:

Given the high level of trust and liability involved in caring for a child from another family, the process of being authorized to serve as a Host Family involves successfully undergoing a detailed screening process conducted by trained staff in a confidential manner.

1. Contact Form: Fill in our contact form, found here, and indicate your interest in becoming a Host Family. We will then send you a Home Study Assesment application to fill out, and the Host Family Handbook. Once your application is complete, please return it to 

2. Police Background Check & Letters of Reference: Upon receiving your application, you will be required to complete a background check and a Letter of Reference form, to be filled out by three referees. 

3. Training: At this point, you will be set up with a login for the Safe Families database, where you will complete the online training videos.

4. Home Study: After all the above steps are complete, 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. 

Host Family Clearance: Once your clearance is complete, you will be contacted by your local Safe Families office when a child needs help. 


Be a Family Coach

Help Families Thrive

You can play a vital role in Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) by volunteering as a Family Coach to help parents in crisis get back on their feet.

As a Family Coach, you will:

  • Support the Host Family. This ensures that families get the support and resources they need to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children.
  • Monitor children’s safety. Because safety is a top priority, the Family Coach begins assessing safety within 48 hours of a child moving in with the Host Family—and each week for at least a month.
  • Provide a family in need with resources, such as community referrals and assistance in making their appointments.
  • Facilitate the relationship between the Host Family and the Family in need with compassion and empathy.

You will also:

  • Listen to Host Families and Families in need. The Family Coach provides space for them to express their thoughts and concerns.
  • Manage expectations. For example, the Host Family may feel that they must fix problems or situations that are not their responsibility. Alternately, if a hosting arrangement seems longer than expected, the Family Coach is needed to temper expectations.
  • Show empathy, hope, grace, and compassion. We work hard to err on the side of grace.
  • Problem solve. Family Coaches work with the church and other community resources to assist Families in need.
  • Reassure. Stressful situations require a calm presence and the ability to give hope to those who may feel hopeless.

Volunteer to become a Family Coach and be sure to let us know if you have experience in child welfare or as a host family.