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.
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 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.
Do I lose rights to my kids?
No, absolutely not. You keep full custody of your children at all times. You are not giving up any of your rights or power. And you are encouraged to participate in decisions regarding their care while they are being hosted. Our aim is to form a partnership between you and the volunteer families and see the Host Family as extended family.
How frequently may I speak with or see my kids?
Our hope that you will see your kids on a weekly basis. And nightly calls are ideal. 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 involved.
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.
How will my child be taken care of? School, daycare, medical needs, etc?
We will do everything in our power to ensure your child’s daily routine is maintained. And Host Families will work with you to ensure your child is healthy and safe at all times.
Will someone check on my kids?
A Family Coach will be assigned to you and your children. They 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. They will also help you connect to helpful community agencies. The Family Coach will also introduce you to Family Friends, who are volunteers that support, encourage, and help you get back on your feet.
Can I meet the Host Family before my kids go?
Every effort will be made to have a formal introduction. This will depend on everyone’s availability and how urgent your needs may be.
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 we are not a foster care or adoption service.
What is a typical Host Family like?
Host families come in all shapes and sizes. Many have children of their own. They have willing hearts and open homes. And they, along with other caring individuals, are here to care for your children while you get back on your feet.
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 care families.