The need in the Portland area is staggering… and growing. We hear the cry of these children and ache to respond. But we need your help!

This program will not exist without volunteers – all sorts of volunteers. You determine the time commitment and role that fits best for you.

Once you’re screened and approved, we’ll make sure you get the training you need to serve in the capacity that you are called to and suited for. 

We Need
Your Help


Family Coaches : 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. Family Coaches are supported by Safe Families staff and can come to them with any questions or concerns. 

Host Families : Host Families open up their home on a temporary basis (average of 6 weeks, but may extend up to a year or longer) 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.

Family Friends:  Family Friend Mentors support parents in need by befriending, coaching, and offering moral support until their situation has begun to stabilize, helping them improve their parenting and home environment. Safe Families staff will connect you with an at-risk family that would benefit from a healthy support system and mentoring friendship. 

Family Friend Support Teams help by providing necessary resources for the host and biological families (material resources, meals, transportation, childcare, and so much more).

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 gifting.

Areas Of


Volunteer Criteria

To volunteer with Safe Families, we require that you meet some basic criteria, for your safety and the safety of the families we care for. These requirements vary with the volunteer role, so please check out our pathway tabs above for specifics and give us a call at (503) 906-1027 or send us a note with the button below with any additional questions you have on the process and/or requirements for our various roles.