For emergencies please call our on call staff member:

Asheville: (828)333-9520

Charlotte: (704)517-8444

You’re not in this alone.

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

Alongside Families (ASF) is a collaboration of volunteers, local churches, and our professional staff team to provide a network of support to families in our community. Just like a close friend or extended family member, ASF provides safe, loving homes where parents can voluntarily have their children cared for while seeking to restore stability in their lives without the fear of losing custody.

It takes a village to raise a child… And we’re here to be your village.

Crisis Hosting

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

a 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.

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 ALWAYS to 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 with their child(ren) during hosting through visits, texts, FaceTime, phone calls, etc.
  • 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 be a friend.

Reach out to us for support or with questions

Call our Support Line: 704-900-0150

(Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm, Friday: 9am-2pm)

Making sure your child is safe is our top priority

Our volunteer Host Families are thoroughly screened using:

  • Family application
  • Fingerprint-based background checks
  • Character references
  • Family interviews
  • Home evaluation and safety checks

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

Reach out to us for support or with questions

Call our Support Line: 704-900-0150

(Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm, Friday: 9am-2pm)

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