Becoming a Family Coach.
You can play a vital role in Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) by volunteering as a Family Coach to help parents in crisis get back on their feet.
You will also:
Listen to Host Families and Families in need. The Family Coach provides space for them to express their thoughts and concerns.
Manage expectations. For example, the Host Family may feel that they must fix problems or situations that are not their responsibility. Alternately, if a hosting arrangement seems longer than expected, the Family Coach is needed to temper expectations.
Show empathy, hope, grace, and compassion. We work hard to err on the side of grace.
Problem solve. Family Coaches work with the church and other community resources to assist Families in need.
Reassure. Stressful situations require a calm presence and the ability to give hope to those who may feel hopeless.
Volunteer to become a Family Coach and be sure to let us know if you have experience in child welfare or as a host family.
Your Next Steps.
Safe Families for Children (SFFC) is a faith-based movement passionate about family preservation to keep children safe and families together. We exist to host children and wrap family-like support around parents facing crisis. Our goal is to gather one million change agents willing to stand on the Frontline to help keep kids safe and out of the foster care system.