Becoming a Family Friend is a wonderful way to get involved with Safe Families as well as supporting friends or family in your community who are hosting children in crisis. If you are interested in being a Family Friend for someone from your community, follow the training and application steps below. There are both direct and indirect ways to serve as a Family Friend.
When you volunteer as a Family Friend Mentor, Safe Families for Children will connect you directly with an at-risk family that would benefit from a healthy support system.
As a Family Friend Mentor, you will:
- provide friendship and encouragement
- share helpful information about parenting and life
- support parents who have children staying with Host Families
- advocate for families seeking resources for their children, such as schools or mental and physical health services
Family Friend Support Teams encourage and strengthen families in crisis so that they may thrive. Performing small tasks, such as dropping off diapers or babysitting for a few hours, provides families with support and builds relationships. Family Friend Support Teams can provide support for Host Families or families who are supported by Safe Families for Children.
Some examples of Family Friend Support Teams include:
- volunteer to help with transportation
- provide short-term babysitting
- drop off groceries or meals for Host Families
Training for Family Friends Mentoring (without Hosting) - Understanding Safe Families for Children: The on-line training for SFFC volunteers includes Safe Families Family Friend Mentoring and can be accessed through the "SFFC Community Hub" or "Portal": http://safe-families.org/community-hub/. Volunteers will need to register with the training site. Register for Family Friend Mentoring - enrollment key is “familyfriend”.
Training for Family Friend Support Teams - Understanding Safe Families for Children and how the church can engage in Biblical Hospitality is essential for all volunteers. Training can be accessed through the "SFFC Community Hub" or "Portal": http://safe-families.org/community-hub/. Volunteers will need to register with the training site. Register for "Safe Families Core Training" - enrollment key is "coretraining"
Volunteer Interest Form
Cell: (503) 906-1027