The Children's Network of Southwest Florida, LLC in partnership with the United Way Volunteer Center runs a Family Mentor Program to recruit volunteer mentors who will be trained and matched with parents who are ready to be re-unified with their children.
Each Mentor will work to build a committed and trusting relationship with the parents to support them through the transition. The mentor will empower them to define and meet goals for themselves, to achieve self-reliance, and offer advice that parents may be uncomfortable seeking from elsewhere. Building these kinds of relationships is particularly important for struggling families.
An ideal family mentor will be one who can be non-judgmental, offer a minimum of an hour a week to work together with the parent(s), guiding and supporting them in the following areas:
- Social Connection - Helping parents develop social supports.
- Hands on Assistance - Accessing available benefits and services (food stamps, medical resources, free tax filing, etc.) and assisting parents in obtaining appropriate assistance.
- Friendly visitation - Offering a caring and supportive relationship to reduce the feelings of isolation in the spirit of "families helping families".
- Basic parenting assistance - Assisting parents in the basic parenting education, knowledge and skills by teaching, coaching and modeling.
Training classes will cover the areas of Safety, Confidentiality, Planning for Success, Signs and Reporting of child abuse and neglect, Family Engagement, plus an overview of the Child Welfare System.
For more information on becoming a Family Mentor click here
To register to become a Mentor or request additional information
- Lee County contact Patrice Cunningham, Special Projects Manager at 239.433.7575 or email Patrice Cunningham
- Charlotte County contact Pamela Malik, Family Mentoring Program at 239.218.7557 or email Pamela Malik