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Opportunity Details

Friendly Support for a Struggling Family

Safe Families for Children is a family preservation movement with the mission of creating a world where children are safe and families are transformed through radically compassionate communities.

Volunteers are needed to support families in our community you can join this effort as a "Famiy Friend" or "Family Coach."

Family Friends offer friendship to a parent going through a hard time, 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, transportation of children, provides families with support and helps in building relationships.

Family Coach acts as the liaison between the host family and the family in need, support the parent in crisis in reaching their goals, monitor the safety of the child.

Host Families provide daytime or short-term overnight care (one day to a couple of months) to children for a temporary period of time while parents get back on their feet.

Being a volunteer with Safe Families is very flexible. After a volunteer is certified and trained, you will receive occasional requests for support. Depending on whether it is a good time for your schedule, you may opt to help or not with a particular family need. Each volunteer role has different time requirements depending on the situation. It may vary between 1-5 hours per week (other than if a volunteer is hosting a child in their home for a period of time). As a family successfully works through their situation, the time commitment is less, however we encourage continued relationship between our volunteers and the family they are supporting, as relationship is a key component in safety and secure relationship building.

Being a volunteer with SFFC is extremely rewarding! We often hear from our volunteers that although they became a part of the movement to help others, that they too gained so much through the experience. Volunteers share that being a part of SFFC is rewarding and impactful on their entire family.
We provide on-going optional trainings related to supporting the populations we support.
If intern hours are needed, we are happy to verify this for your school or workplace.

You can connect with this program by using the red "Express Interst" button below.


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Family Services
Caring for People,Mentoring/Youth Development,Safe Space

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

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1740 17th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-427-5070

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