See the FAQs below. You may also find the Types of Student Moves section helpful. (It contains a great visual that outlines they types of student moves.)
Do I need to be a screened Host or Event Family to a host a student for whom I’m a liaison?
Yes. Even if you are hosting your student for one night only for a non-support reason, this is considered a move. You must be a fully-screened Host or Event Family and have completed the Host or Event Family OA, references, background check, interview, and HFO, as well as any necessary non-traditional paperwork.
Can I provide a Prudent Parent Stay for a student for whom I'm a liaison if I have a relationship with the host family and they are comfortable putting their children with me?
No. By definition, a liaison should not be a friend or relative of the host family in order to ensure that the student is supported by an objective third party. As a result, a host family and liaison relationship would not permit a Prudent Parent Stay. You would need to be a screened Host or Event Family in order to host your student for any length of time.
Can a placement with another AFS Host Family qualify as a Prudent Parent Stay?
Yes, as long as the families’ relationship pre-dates their AFS experience, the host family would be comfortable leaving their own children there, and the stay is arranged by the host family and not AFS.
Can a student have a Prudent Parent Stay while volunteers look for a new family for that student?
No. Prudent Policy Stays are only intended to be used in cases where the host family has a pre-existing relationship with that family and would be comfortable leaving their own children there, with the intent that the student will return to their home. Therefore a move arranged by AFS volunteers out of a host family for support reasons would not qualify as a Prudent Parent Stay.
Can I move a student if the AFS office is closed and I cannot reach my TDS (Team Development Specialist)?
If a student must be moved due to urgent reasons that cannot wait until the AFS office is open, you must notify the Duty Officer on call and receive approval from them to move forward with the move.
I’ve already let my TDS and Participant Support Specialist know that a move will probably happen tonight. Do I still need to call the Duty Officer and get approval for the move?
Yes. Even if you have had discussions with Support or the TDS about possibly moving the student, you must notify your TDS or, if they are not available, the Duty Officer before doing so.
Do I still need to alert staff before moving a student if the family has been pre-screened or has already hosted this year?
Yes. Any move must be reported to staff or the Duty Officer, regardless of the family’s status.
How do I find out which families in my team have been pre-screened and are ready to take a student?
By checking families in Global Link with a “Pre-Screen” Applied OA Type and “Yes- Pre-Screen Only” Ready to Host status. Please click here for more information about the Pre-Screened Host Family Process.