I think the main issue with families is that: it is not easy to host a family.
The first problem is adequate space. Most people don´t have 3 or more extra beds. I can accommodate 3 people, but 2 of them will get mattresses on the floor. I had surfers doing that, but I would feel terrible to offer that to a family, it feels inappropriate, IDK. I am not a family household, but I imagine that if you have 2 kids you don´t have that much unused space for guests because your kids need that space? (maybe I´m wrong, it would be nice to have a family input on this).
But I think we should try. Even if they can´t host/surf due to space restrictions, it would be great if families could at least find each other, meet, hang out, show each other around. To be honest, if a family reaches out to me I could show them around and know a couple of places kids may enjoy, but that´s it. I have no idea what restaurants have a playground, neither am I up to date with events and activities for kids. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
I think a simple checkbox for “family household” that con be used as a filter would go a long way. I don´t think any hospex facilitates families finding each other. It would be a great step forward to integrate them into the community. Maybe they can host, maybe they can´t, but I´m pretty sure they´ll love to meet and hang out. I´m pretty sure they will be happy to have family friendly events where kids can play and parents can hang out.