MENTORING YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE

Part of Community-based Mentoring

About

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands Mentoring Youth in Foster Care program was established in 2014 after we recognized the need for targeted support for foster care youth. Youth in foster care are among our nation’s most vulnerable young people.

Because of the disruption in their lives and the loss of support networks, foster care youth need many things, but perhaps most important, foster care youth need caring adults to guide and nurture them. We provide foster care youth with a stable, positive adult mentor who is a consistent presence in their lives and a source of support. 

Youth accepted into the program are matched with the best possible volunteer, based upon the youth’s interests, volunteer’s interests, parent/guardian(s) or foster parent(s) preferences, personalities, etc.

Enrollment

Eligibility Requirements

  • Youth must be 7 - 15 years old
  • Parent/Guardian(s) or foster parent(s) and youth must agree to a 12-month commitment.
  • Youth must be willing to participate in the program.
  • Youth must be available to meet 2-4 times per month for a minimum of 4 hours per month.
  • A BBBS FC Legal Guardian Release must be signed by the youth’s Family Permanency Specialist Supervisor (FPSS).
  • An in-home interview with the parent/guardian(s) or foster parent(s) and youth will be completed.

Benefits

Once a youth is matched with their Big, a Foster Care Match Support Specialist will be in regular contact with the Big, Little and parent/guardian(s) or foster parent(s) to provide support and feedback. They are dedicated and professionally trained to ensure safety and longevity of the match. Our average match length for mentoring youth in foster care is nearly two years.

Of our Foster Care matches:

are together for at least six months
are together for at least one year

"Shortly before I became a Big, I came to the realization that throughout my life, I have been fortunate enough to have
others invest in me and I knew that many youth in our community were craving the same opportunity."

Adam Haynes, Big Brother

QUESTIONS?

Katie Hayes
Foster Care Support Coordinator
khayes@bbbsomaha.org
402.905.3332

Sam Maxfield
Foster Care Enrollment & Match Coordinator
smaxfield@bbbsomaha.org
402.330.6695

Megan Wertheim
Foster Care Match Support Specialist
mwertheim@bbbsomaha.org
402.281.4861