New York City Chapter

Donate to this Chapter

Volunteer Application

Supported parents help children thrive. Caring for children starts with caring for parents.

Will you connect with ONE isolated family in NYC?

Our volunteers partner with families by providing friendship and support to isolated parents and their children. Connections can be virtual or in-person, based on the volunteer and family comfort level.  We have a team approach to volunteering so that no one feels alone or overwhelmed. Teams provide a “Circle of Support” for families.

Questions? Watch our Info Session and attend a Q&A. See list of dates with registration links here.

Here are the steps to become a Family Friend. We rigorously screen potential volunteers to ensure the safety of parents and children, but don’t worry, we will walk you through the process!

Step 1: Fill out an online application and provide 3 references: https://sfcms.net/apply/. Select “New York City, NY” as the region in the drop down menu.

Step 2: Schedule a brief 45 minute video interview with our Family Support Coordinator, Hilary Yeo: ​nyc@safefamilies.net​.

Step 3: Complete background screenings: Statewide Central Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect and GoPass Fingerprinting.

Step 4: Watch the online volunteer training (2 1⁄2 hours and can be viewed in short segments).

Once approved, our staff will connect you with a list of waiting families.

For any questions on the approval process, please contact Hilary Yeo at nyc@safefamilies.net​ or (​646) 907-3039.

Other roles:

Resource Friend Application- donate and deliver items or services that families need.

Family Coach- help parents set goals, find resources, and provide support to the team of volunteers. Experienced Family Friends are invited to apply for the Family Coach role.

Ministry Lead- liaison between a church partner and our staff. Ministry Leads recruit and support volunteers from their church or community.

Host Family- temporarily care for a child in their home at a parent’s request. We are waiting for NYS regulations to allow hosting. If you are interested in advocating for hosting in NYS, please contact Laura Galt at lgalt@safefamilies.net.