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 overnight if I am a registered volunteer?
A. Yes. Even if the student will be staying with you for only one night and returning to their Host Family, this is considered a Visit. You must be a fully-screened Host Family or Event Family.
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 move a student if the AFS office is closed and I cannot reach my RFS (Regional Field 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 RFS 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 RFS about possibly moving the student, you must notify your RFS 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.