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. While voluntarily placing your child(ren) with vetted, trained, and approved volunteers from local churches, you are given the time and tools you need to help your family thrive.
IS NOT FOSTER CARE
With Safe Families, you can be confident that:
- Biological Parents maintain full custody.
- Volunteer families are extensively screened, trained and supported through local participating churches.
- Safe Families welcomes children to stay anywhere from two days to six months (our average length of stay is six weeks).
- Safe Families has close working relationships with the local church and your referring organization.
- Safe Families is committed to reuniting your family as soon as possible.
Steps to Joining the Safe Families Team
When you support IdaHope/Safe Families, you join in a groundbreaking collaboration between local church volunteers and family care professionals to support at-risk children and parents in need. When you volunteer, you can have a powerful impact in the lives of others while practicing biblical hospitality and extending the love of Christ to people in need.
Join in a movement of compassion designed to prevent child abuse and return the Christian-church to the forefront of caring for children, as it had been throughout history. Your support will enable the Christian-church to reemerge as a champion for vulnerable families, and help heal hearts and lives in your community through the love and power of Jesus Christ.
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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.
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502 N. 2nd Avenue
Sandpoint, ID 83864