Commonly Asked Questions


How soon can I get help?

We will contact you right away to chat about your situation and determine what type of support is needed. Timing of a hosting depends on availability of host families.

Can I change my mind?

Of course! You have complete control and can change your mind at any time. You are not giving up any of your rights or power.

Do I lose rights to my kids?

No, absolutely not. You keep full custody of your children at all times. You are not giving up any of your rights or power. You are encouraged to participate in decisions regarding their care while they are being hosted. Our aim is to form a partnership between you and the volunteer families and see the Host Family as extended family.

How frequently may I speak with or see my kids?

Our hope is that you will see your kids on a weekly basis. Daily calls are ideal. More frequent visits may be possible depending on how far away the Host Family lives. Because these families are volunteers, we want to ensure the arrangements are convenient for everyone involved.

Can my kids stay together?

Every effort will be made to keep your children together in the home of one Host Family. But this may not be possible because our volunteer Host Families cover the costs of caring for your children. There may be space and/or time constraints to taking more than one child at a time.

How will my child be taken care of? School, daycare, medical needs, etc?

We will do everything in our power to ensure your child’s daily routine is maintained. This includes your child’s schools and daycare. If arrangements cannot be made to maintain the same school, we’ll work with you to make new arrangements. Host Families will work with you to ensure your child is healthy and safe at all times.

Will someone check on my kids?

A Family Coach will be assigned to you and your children. Our Family Coach Supervisor will visit them on a regular basis to make sure things are going well.

What kind of help should I expect?

Your Family Coach is there to help you. He or she will talk with you to determine what goals you want to accomplish while your children are being hosted. They are able to connect you to helpful community agencies and other resources. The Family Coach will support, encourage and help you get back on your feet.

Can I meet the Host Family before my kids go?

Every effort will be made to have a formal introduction. This will depend on everyone’s availability and how urgent your needs may be.

Why are Host Families willing to help?

All families are volunteers, who are not paid for this service. Many Host Families open their homes because of their faith & belief in serving and loving others. Safe Families does not arrange adoptions and we are not a foster care or adoption service.

What is a typical Host Family like?

Host families come in all shapes and sizes. Many have children of their own. They have willing hearts and open homes. They, along with other caring individuals, are here to help care for your children while you get back on your feet.