What is IdaHope Families?
IdaHope Families is a faith-based organization offering support for families in distress through a community of compassionate volunteers from local churches with a shared vision to see families in crisis find hope, help and healing. We are focused on building a culture where children are safe and families enriched using the Safe Families for Children model.
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We know parenting isn’t easy and we want you to know that you are not alone.
The hours are endless and praises are few. It’s a job that can leave you feeling isolated and alone. If you are experiencing a life crisis and have nowhere else to turn, we can help.
A movement of compassion, Safe Families for Children is designed to care for your family in your moment of need without relinquishing your parental rights. IdaHope Families is the North Idaho Chapter of Safe Families for Children. Using the Safe Families model we vet, train, and approve volunteers from local churches to assist you and your children during a crisis giving you the time and tools you need to help your family thrive.
IS NOT FOSTER CARE
With IdaHope Families, you can be confident that:
- Biological Parents maintain full custody.
- Volunteer families are recruited, extensively screened, trained and supported through local participating churches.
- IdaHope Families welcomes children to stay anywhere from two days to six months (our average length of stay is six weeks).
- IdaHope Families has close working relationships with the local church and your referring organization.
- IdaHope Families is committed to preserving your family.
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FAQ’s About Safe Families
What type of situations do the children come from?
How long does a child usually stay with a Host Family and what ages?
How many children are reunited with their parents?
Can a family receive help without placing their children with a Host Family?
Yes, there are certain situations where we can help the family without the children leaving the home. This will be determined when the parents meet with our Crisis Counselor/Family Coach Supervisor to access the need.
What type of contact will the Host Family have with the parent(s)?
Will a child in Safe Families typically have behavior problems?
Possibly, but not necessarily. Trauma can influence a normally well-behaved child to behave poorly, and can influence a child with behavior problems to behave better. Some children may display behavioral problems as a result of the chaos in their lives, while others may be exceptionally calm and composed. It’s impossible to predict how the child will behave. Remember, it is the crisis of the parent(s) which trigger a referral, not difficult behaviors of a child.
Reach Out To Us
Find out how to get involved.
35 Litehouse Drive
Sandpoint, ID 83864