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.
When you volunteer as a Family Friend, Safe Families for Children will connect you with an at-risk family that would benefit from a healthy support system. And Family Friends can also support Host Families by providing meals, respite care, transportation, etc.
Family Friends 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.
As a Family Friend, 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
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 - The Enrollment Keys for the Safe Families Core Training is “familyfriend”.
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