You’re not in this alone.

Are you a parent who is feeling overwhelmed or facing difficult circumstances? We’re here for you!

Ways We Can Help

Crisis Hosting

Volunteer host families temporarily care for children while parents who are facing a crisis stabilize their situation.

Community Friend

Connect parents with a friend who can listen, care, and encourage.

Day Hosting

Scheduled, occasional care of children so a parent can attend medical treatments or appointments, go to a job interview, etc.

Reach out to us for support or with questions

We currently serve families in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding area.

Call our support line: 704-900-0150

(Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm, Friday: 9am-2pm)
Or click below to fill out an online request help form

Request Support

Parents reach out to us for situations such as

  • a parent needing to be hospitalized
  • a parent needing to stabilize their mental/emotional health
  • feeling overwhelmed and needing supportive community
  • experiencing homelessness or unemployment
  • needing temporary child care support after leaving a domestic violence relationship
  • needing temporary child care support while working on a long-term childcare solution

We want you to know

Our Goal is to ALWAYS reunify you and your children. We believe that families belong together.

You maintain full custody of your child and can request that they come home to you whenever you wish.

We all need support from others. We're here to support, not to judge.

We keep parents closely connected to their child(ren) during hosting through visits, texts, FaceTime, and phone calls.

Hosting length is based on your need: from a couple of days to several months.

We're here for you too-- not only for your children. A Parent Ally will support you toward your goals for your family and caring volunteers will be there to cheer you on and offer friendship.

CLICK HERE to learn more about how Alongside Families works

Making sure your child is safe is our top priority

Host Families are volunteers who believe in family preservation and want to love their neighbors. They serve without compensation. Our Host Families are thoroughly screened, including:

  • a family application
  • a Home Evaluation and home safety checklist
  • fingerprinting and background checks
  • character references
  • a thorough family interview
  • training

Host Families are supported by a Family Coach who will make sure your child is well cared-for.