Alongside Families Family Coaches are Christ-followers who coordinate child hostings to make sure kids are well cared for, Host Families are supported, and a good relationship is built between volunteers and parents served. Family Coaches are lead volunteers who disciple others and keep the gospel of Jesus Christ at the heart of their service.

The Family Coach Role


Relational mentoring

Build relationship with a Host Family who is hosting a child(ren). Be a listening ear, support, and sounding board to help Host Families to feel cared for and supported as they host. Help to reframe and bring perspective; build bridges for relationship between the Host Family and the parent.


Safety & Child Well-being

Oversee the wellbeing of the child who is being hosted. Conduct weekly home visits in the host home to make sure the child is doing well and that the Host Family receives support in meeting the child's needs. Help search out resources for the Host Family as needed.


Handle hosting logistics

Keep track of child hosting days, respite care, and weekend visits home. Make sure that our staff team is kept informed of child location and hosting start and end times. Help coordinate resources such as car seats and welcome packs for Host Families.

You will never serve alone as a Family Coach! You will receive direct oversight and support from a staff supervisor and serve as a part of a local church team to serve an isolated family together.

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What is the time commitment to serve as a Family Coach?

Family Coaches must be able to volunteer about 3 hours weekly when actively overseeing a child hosting. Child hosting lengths vary greatly: Family Coaches oversee hostings that last from 2 days up through several months. You will know the situation in advance and what the details are of the support arrangement you are committing to.

What does a Family Coach commit to?

Family Coaches complete a home visit in the Host Family home within 48 hours of a hosting beginning. After that, they conduct weekly home visits. The Family Coach also commits to weekly supervision with a staff member (via Zoom/phone), to being available for the Host Family to reach out to for prayer, support, and troubleshooting in between home visits via text, phone call, etc., and to spending time searching out resources and helping the Host Family to access them when needed. The Family Coach may also need to pick up and drop off resource items such as car seats at the start and end of a hosting.

Do Family Coaches only serve during child hostings?

Family Coaches can also serve to coach a group of volunteers serving a parent without a child hosting occurring. In these cases, Family Coaches are the support and facilitator of Community Friend volunteers serving a parent.

What is the process to become a Family Coach?

Family Coaches complete an approval process that includes:

  • an application with a character reference from your church leadership
  • a short interview with our staff team
  • a 3.5-hour Foundations training required for all roles (in-person)
  • a 2.5-hour Family Coach training (via Zoom)
  • fingerprinting & background checks
  • signing various forms including our statement of faith.

After completing training, Family Coach volunteers shadow staff and are observed serving in their role before they serve on their own. You will have lots of ongoing support and equipping during weekly supervision with our staff team while serving.

What sort of characteristics are important for a Family Coach?

  • A teachable spirit and willingness to work as part of a team
  • A good listener who can reflect and affirm what they are hearing
  • Willing to verbally and through actions share the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • An understanding of the impact of trauma and poverty or a willingness to grow in that area
  • Detail-oriented and able to keep track of lots of moving dates/times/players
  • Observant and discerning: Willing to look into something further if there is a gut sense that something is wrong
  • Thorough and reliable: Will follow through without needing to be told to do something
  • Able to serve as a neutral, peaceful presence; being empathetic when someone else is frustrated without becoming part of the drama or taking sides
  • Able to model an attitude of trust and open-handedness vs clinging to your own agenda and expectations

If you have additional questions about being a Family Coach, please reach out to Mary Kay, our Volunteer Coordinator: