This page is for those interested in become a Safe Families volunteer. To learn more about the Safe Families initiative click here.

foster the city-389You’re taking the first step in joining a network of volunteers who build relationships with families facing crisis and provide the mentorship and resources parents need to build stability in their lives when they have nowhere else to turn. You can read about our volunteer needs below. Please take a look and pray about the best fit for you. We’re also happy to talk through which role might be best for you. Just email us at or call at 202-670-1145.

Everyone can do something!

Volunteer Application Process

  1. Read the description and requirements for each position below
  2. Complete the appropriate online application for the position you are applying for
  3. Complete our volunteer agreement and background check consent form
  4. Go through background check process

A checklist detailing each step can be found here.

Be a Babysitter

Babysitters serve Host Homes and parents by caring for children at least once a month:

Request Check

Be a Family Friend

A Family Friend is a volunteer that connects with a family in need:

Apply Now

Be a Host Home

A Host Home provides a safe haven for children whose family is facing a crisis:


Be a Family Coach

A Family Coach monitors hosting arrangements and works with families:

Apply Now

Forms For All Volunteers

All volunteers must complete our volunteer agreement.
You’ll also need to complete our background check consent.
Please scan your signed copies and email them to


foster the city-86Our Background Check Process

All volunteers must have completed:

 Identity History Summary, with fingerprints submitted to the FBI
 Child Protective Register check through DC’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA)

Start here to complete background check process, and feel free to email us with any questions.

If you’ve received clearance from a child placing agency within the last two years, we will accept a copy of this clearance, instead of having you complete those checks. However, we’ll still need you to send us a signed copy of our background check consent agreement.


Have any questions? Ready to start the process?   Contact Us