What You Need to Know

Parents who request the help of a Host Family from Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) often have questions. We have answered some common ones here and encourage you to contact your local chapter with any questions you may have.

Why are Host Families willing to help?

All families are volunteers, who are not paid for this service. Many Host Families open their homes because of their personal faith commitment. Safe Families does not arrange adoptions and is not a foster care or adoption service.

How soon can I get help?

We will contact you right away. In many locations, we are able to find families within a few hours of your request.

Can I meet the Host Family before my kids go?

Every effort will be made to allow that. Whether that occurs may depend on their availability and how urgent your needs are.

Can I change my mind?

Of course! You have complete control and can change your mind at any time. You are not giving up any of your rights or power.

How frequently may I speak with or see my kids?

You will see your kids at least weekly, and you can speak with them every night. More frequent visits may be possible depending on how far away the Host Family lives. Because these families are volunteers, we want to ensure the arrangements are convenient for everyone.

Are Host Families licensed foster families?

Most Host Families are not licensed foster families, nor are they required to be. However, our Host Families are thoroughly screened (through background checks, interviews, home assessments, and references) before approval, similar to foster families.

Can my kids stay together?

Every effort will be made to keep your children together in the home of one Host Family. Because our volunteer Host Families cover the costs of caring for your children, this may not be possible if doing so would put one family under undue financial strain.

Will anyone check on my kids?

A Family Coach assigned to you and your children will visit them weekly to make sure things are going well.

What kind of help should I expect?

Your Family Coach is there to help you. He or she will meet with you to determine what you need before your children return home and will help connect you to community agencies that can help. The Family Coach also will introduce you to Family Friends, who are Safe Families volunteers that support, encourage, and help you get on your feet.
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