Screening and Vetting Host Families – YEAH

Getting a new host family or a returning host family ready for their student can be a smooth process if you have all your documents ready and you talk with the family about the procedure beforehand. Start the process as early as you have secured your host families in order to give yourself enough time to complete all the steps required. Remember that students CANNOT BE PLACED IN A HOME UNTIL THE FAMILY IS COMPLETELY VETTED RIGHT THROUGH TO THE HOST FAMILY ORIENTATION. This includes both new and returning host families.

Every family member residing in the home over the age of 18 must first be vetted and trained as a Host Family Member. This includes completing the following:

One Host Family Application* – and questionnaire* - Reference Checks* (2 per family) – Criminal Background Check (WATCH or RCMP) for each adult member of the family living at home– NSOR (National Sex Offenders Registry) 

This process is started by the YEO at the club level by sending one family member an e-mail with the following link: http://yehub.net/W02-hfapp the family takes the process from here and all the subsequent procedures become automated up to the home visit.
 
Once the application has been submitted by the family the (YECT) Youth Exchange Compliance Team (these are a select number of district level volunteers specifically in place for all reviews of documentation) will review it and approve, deny, or request additional information. Once approved each adult member must also complete the Youth Protection Awareness training offered online through the NAYEN link sent by the Youth Protection Compliance Team (YECT). When this has been successfully completed the YEAH database will be populated to show the results.
 
Once the family has completed these steps and been approved they can have full access to the student’s application including photos, contact information, medical information, etc.
 
The next step is the – Initial or Annual Home Visit and interview* a Complete set of photos were uploaded by the family during their initial application process, you must evaluate if the photos match the actual residence.  The inspection form along with the photos can be found on the YE portal for YEAH with your unique log in access code. Once you have completed the home visit/inspection/interview please click submit.  Photos are not required for Canadian Host Families.
 
A copy of the complete application can be requested from the YECT @ yeah.neus@gmail.com.
 
Once the home visit has been submitted a Host Family Orientation checklist will be emailed to you and the training date can be scheduled after you confirm that all the other requirements have been fulfilled by the family members. A Host Family Orientation checklist must be printed and taken with you during the orientation. You will have the parents sign the form along with the person conducting the orientation. The completed form will need to be scanned and emailed back to the YECT @ yeah.neus@gmail.com for review and upload into YEAH. The Orientation must be completed prior to the student’s arrival or move to a family and AFTER the home visit and inspection. For US families The DOS Exchange Visitors Program Regulations and the DOS Host Family Letter* was sent to the family upon completion of the Host Family Application.
 
US Single Host Parent without Children Living In the Home
The Dept. of State says that before a student is placed with a single parent host family without children living in the home, the student and parent/s needs to give written consent. Additionally a secondary level of review by a different Rotarian than did the initial review is also required of the host parent. Once they are completed they must be e-mailed to the YECT @ yeah.neus@gmail.com for review, approval and upload.
 
*Forms found on YEAH under the “Directory/Library” tab. Select SHP Secondary Level Review and SHP Placement Consent Form
 
Add New Host Family
Send the online link: http://yehub.net/W02-hfapp
 
Host Family Application
This is a 7-page document detailing many aspects of the host family and the hosting city/town. A good practice is to customize a letter with certain details they will need to complete their application. Save this and send it along with an email to the host families outlining the process. Items to include:
Helpful Prompts for the Host Family Application
 
Your Rotary Club Name:
 
High School Information:
School Name:               ___ Public ___ Private
School Address:
 
City Zip
School Official:
Name:              Phone                Email
Approximate distance between the school and your home:
Approximate start date of the school year:
 
Community Information:
In what type of community do you live: __ Urban __ Suburban __ Rural __ Farm
Population of community:
Nearest Major City:       Distance            Population
Nearest Airport: Name Distance
City or town website:
 
Briefly describe your neighborhood and community area:
 
 
 
What points of interest are near your area (parks, museums, historical sites):
 
 
Host Family Interview
Takes place at the time of the home visit
 
Host Family Visit Report
After the Host Family has been approved for hosting an initial home visit is required. You will compare the photos of the public and student’s living areas: Living Room, Kitchen, Student’s Bathroom and Bedroom, and the exterior of the home and complete the interview process. Submit your report from the YEAH portal for your host family.
 
Host Family Orientation
Once all the previous documentation has been satisfied and prior to the student’s placement in the home you need to arrange a host family orientation. Customize a Host Family Orientation Manual (found on this website) for each family each year. A Host Family Orientation checklist must be completed and submitted to the YECT @ yeah.neus@gmail.com for review and upload into YEAH. The Orientation must be completed prior to the student’s arrival or move to a family and AFTER the home visit and inspection. You will find many helpful ideas on this website regarding what needs to be supplied to and covered with each adult family member. This is a good time to review the travel policy, supply contact information for the YEO, counselor and Country Officer. Also, review what to do in case of a medical visit is required. Make sure they have a copy of the student’s insurance, travel permission form that is provided by the country officer and the student’s medical release form that was included in the student’s application. Once this step has been completed email the completed form to the YECT @ yeah.neus@gmail.com – all adult family prescreened members must be present for this orientation.
 
Your family is NOW ready to welcome their new son/daughter into their home!
 
Host Family Summary for US Hosting Families
According to US State Department regulations a Host Family Summary must be generated from YEAH and emailed to the student prior to them leaving their home country. Document that this summary was sent to your student.
 
Host Family Follow-up Visit
A follow up host family visit must occur with each host family. Use the ‘Submit Follow-up Visit Report’ found on the host family profile in the YEAH portal. The follow up visit must take place no more than 60 days after the student has moved into the family. A different Authorized Rotarian must perform this visit than performed the initial inspection. Submit report when completed.
 
The following procedure is for ALL returning host families:
 
Host Families vetting is current for 18 months but is designed to cover only ONE program year. This is to ensure you can vet a host family early in the spring for the upcoming year’s student. You must renew the family’s application process for each program year they host in. All must have current program year updates, which are a little easier than first timers. This includes:
 
Annual Host Family Volunteer Affidavit* - Host Family Visit Report* - Host Family Orientation for this student conducted and documentation uploaded into YEAH.
In addition, their individual background checks, reference checks and NSOR checks must be current
 
Annual Reference Checks
These are the personal references that were given by the family. An automated message will be generated prior to the references expiring asking for any known changes in the family status. Once submitted by the reference they will be reviewed and uploaded by the YECT.
 
Background Check
Obtained through the Washington State Patrol (also known as WATCH), or RCMP in British Columbia, and emailed to the YECT @ yeah.neus@gmail.com or in Canada: Connie Bleay @ cbleay@telus.net for review and upload.
 
NSOR
National Sex Offender Registry: This will be updated by the YECT
 
Annual Host Family Update
An automated message will be generated annually to ask for any changes in the family status.
 
Annual Host Family Visit Report
An initial and follow up host family visit must occur with each host family. Find the visit form found on the YEAH portal , again a follow up visit must take place no more than 60 days after the student has moved into the family. A different Authorized Rotarian must perform this visit than performed the initial inspection.
 
Host Family Orientation
Host families are required to have an annual orientation if they will be hosting during the current program year (program year is July 1 – June 30), regardless if they are hosting in continuing years without gaps. This is a good time to re-review the travel policy, update the YEO contact, counselor and Country Officer which has probably changed. Also, review what to do in case of a medical visit is required. Make sure they have a copy of the student’s insurance, travel permission form that is provided by the country officer and the student’s medical release form that was included in the student’s application. Once this step has been completed email the completed form to the YECT @ yeah.neus@gmail.com – all adult family prescreened members must be present for this orientation.