MENTORING YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE
Part of Community-based Mentoring
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.
- 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.
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.