Thank you for your interest in volunteering with DC127’s Communities for Families program.


foster the city-389You’re taking the first step in joining a network of volunteers who build relationships with families facing social isolation and provide the mentorship and resources parents need to build stability in their lives when they have nowhere else to turn. You can read more about our various volunteer roles here. 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 volunteer@dc127.org or call at 202-670-1145. Everyone can do something!

Volunteer Application Process

Below is a list of steps to become a Communities for Families volunteer. A checklist detailing each step can be found here:

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Volunteer Opportunities

Below is a list of the Communities for Families volunteer opportunities:

Babysitter

Babysitters serve Host Homes and parents by caring for children at least once a month. Volunteer babysitters are required to attend two hours of training. This is the only position that does NOT require an FBI fingerprint background check.

Parent Friend

A Parent Friend is a volunteer that connects with a family in need. This position. Parent Friend volunteers are required to attend two hours of training and must complete all the required background checks.

Host Home

A Host Home provides a safe haven for children whose family is facing a crisis or needs additional support. Host Home volunteers are required to attend six hours of training and must complete all the required background checks. Host Homes are also required to go through a home assessment after they have completed the application and background check process.

Community Coach

A Community Coach monitors hosting arrangements and works with families. Community Coach volunteers are required to attend seven hours of training and must complete all the required background checks.


foster the city-86Our Background Check Process

You can find more information about DC127’s background check process here. Please email DC127 if you have any questions about the application or background check process.

Please Note: DC127 will accept an FBI Background check that was completed within the last 5 years, or a DC Child Protection Registry check completed within the last 3 years.


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