Be a Family Coach
Step Up to Become a Family Coach
You can play a vital role in Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) by volunteering as a Family Coach to help parents 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 Placing Family with compassion and empathy.
You will also
- listen to Host Families and Placing Families. 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 Placing Families.
- reassure. Stressful situations require a calm presence and the ability to give hope to those who may feel hopeless.