Q. Do I need to be a screened Host or Event Family to a host a student for whom I’m a liaison?
A. 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.
Q. 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?
A. 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.
Q. Can I provide a Prudent Parent Stay for a student upon arrival?
A. No. Prudent Parent Stays are not to be utilized upon a student’s arrival. When a student first arrives the goal is for the student and host family to get to know each other to settle in and feel comfortable with one another. This cannot be achieved if upon arrival the student is not in the care of the host family but rather a friend or relative of the host family.
Q. Can a placement of four nights or less with another AFS Host Family qualify as a Prudent Parent Stay?
A. Yes, as long as the Host Family would feel comfortable leaving their own children in the home and the stay was arranged by the Host Family, and not AFS. (Any stay with a Host Family is considered a move if arranged by AFS, regardless of whether the host family would feel comfortable having their own children in the home.)
Q. Can a student have a Prudent Parent Stay while volunteers look for a new family for that student?
A. No. Prudent Parent Stays are only intended to be used in cases where the student will return to the Host Family’s home. Therefore, a move arranged by AFS volunteers out of a Host Family for support reasons would not qualify as a Prudent Parent Stay.