Get Involved

 Join in a movement of compassion designed to reduce 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.

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 heart and lives in your community through the love and power of Jesus Christ.

1.  APPLY

The first step is to fill out an information request.  Once you have received the information necessary to choose the volunteer role you are interested in, you may apply.

2.  SCREENING

Volunteer Host Families, Family Coaches, and Family Friends undergo a screening and training process, including background checks, references, and a home visit.

3.  VOLUNTEER

When a family is facing a crisis and needs short-term care for their child, you will be invited to come alongside the family in your volunteer role, hosting the child, befriending the family, or offering coaching services.

Support for Parents

IdaHope/Safe Families for Children provides much needed support for parents in crisis, through our vetted, trained, and approved volunteers from local church communities, giving them time to get back on their feet while their children are cared for in a safe and loving environment.

Community Networks

Community involvement is a key component of our ministry. Referrals of families in need are given to IdaHope/Safe Families through community networks such as schools, hospitals, social workers, churches, law enforcement, and other agencies.

Helpful Tools

Once the crisis is identified, our IdaHope/Safe Families Crisis Counselor will visit with the crisis family, assess the situation and then connect them with the resources and tools they require from our vetted, trained, and approved volunteer body.

Volunteers who host children and support parents are known as Host Families and are recruited from local churches. Families in crisis, or families in need, willingly place their children with a safe, loving, and thoroughly screened, trained and approved volunteer Host Family for a short period of time. They can reunite with their children at any time. Both the family in need and the Host Family participate voluntarily, with no compensation or expectation of adoption.

At the core of the Safe Families model is relationships – developing a supportive and caring relationship between the Host Family and the biological parents and their children. Parents maintain full custody of their child(ren) and are encouraged to participate in decisions regarding their care during the time they are living with the Host Family. Often, strong bonds are formed and relationships continue long after the children are returned to their parents.

The trust built between the Family in Need and Host Family is central to the Safe Families program. It’s at the heart of creating a safe haven for children and a support network for the family in need. After the hosting arrangement ends, our goal is for the two families to remain in contact, further reducing social isolation and providing ongoing support. Building strong families and lasting relationships is at the core of this movement.

Key Components

  • We temporarily host children of at-risk families in approved volunteer homes.
  • We provide families in crisis with a support network. Our volunteers provide needed resources and services (e.g. mentoring, help securing employment, transportation, babysitting, etc.).
  • We engage Christian-faith communities from which we recruit volunteers who offer support to families in need.

FAMILY COACHES

Family Coaches coordinate placements, help keep track of all the moving pieces, and are an integral part of our ministry. They meet with Host Families to ensure they have the support they need, monitor child safety, and talk with the placing parents to ensure they are moving forward and have access to needed resources.

A Family Coach has four general roles. Depending on the situation and the skills and background of the Family Coach they may focus primarily on the first two and rely on the staff Family Coach Supervisor for the other two.

  • Support the Host Family
  • Monitor the safety and care of the child in placement
  • Provide community resource referrals to the placement parent
  • Encourage and support the relationship between the Host Family and placing parent

A Family Coach is a unique and rewarding experience. If you are interested in supporting Host Families, monitoring child safety, providing families in crisis with needed resources, and helping to encourage the relationship between the placing family and the host family, contact us for an informational meeting to learn how you can become a Safe Families Family Coach volunteer.

To apply, click the button below and select “Family Coach” on the application form.

Be sure to select “Idaho – ID – North Idaho” as the Safe Families for Children Chapter.

HOST FAMILIES

Host Families are well trained, background checked families who open up their home on a temporary basis to provide a safe place and loving atmosphere to children in crisis. Respite Hosts are also needed to step in to give a Host Family a break so they can run errands, shop, take a break, or go on vacation. You can specify preferred ages and genders, as well as the number of children you can accommodate.

To apply online, click the button below and select “Host Family” on the application form.

Be sure to select “Idaho – ID – North Idaho” as the Safe Families for Children Chapter.

If you do not wish to apply using the online application form, please contact the Education/Development Manager at:
edu-dev@idahopefamilies.org  |  208-295-SAFE 

FAMILY FRIENDS /                RESOURCE FRIENDS

Family Friends support parents in need by offering what you have to provide moral and/or tangible support until their situation has begun to stabilize, helping them improve their parenting and home environment. Some examples of the activity of a Family Friend are prayer, transportation, coffee dates, provide meals, babysitting, encouragement, and walking alongside the family in crisis.

Resource Friends may help with groceries, rent, utility bills, or by offering a special skill like plumbing or carpentry.

IdaHope/Safe Families staff will connect you with an at-risk family that would benefit from a healthy support system and mentoring friendship. 

To apply online, click the button below and select “Family Friend” on the application form.

Be sure to select “Idaho – ID – North Idaho” as the Safe Families for Children Chapter.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP

There are so many other ways you can help out. Just give us a call and we’ll help to match our needs with your areas of skill and blessing.

REACH OUT

Contact us for more information on how you can help families in distress keep their children safe and their families intact.

Lower Level
502 N. 2nd Avenue
Sandpoint, ID 83864

208 295-SAFE

We look forward to serving alongside you and your church.

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