Foster Parent Mentor Program
In addition to the joy and satisfaction that you experience as a foster parent, there is also a fair amount of anxiety, confusion, and frustration. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an experienced foster parent available to guide you through the process?
Thanks to Foster Forward’s Foster Parent Mentor Program, there is. Established in 1992, the program provides much-needed direction and personal support to new foster parents-because we want you to be comfortable and confident as you fill this valuable role in a young person’s life.
Mentors are seasoned foster parents who know the ins and outs of the system. They are committed individuals who develop a relationship with newly licensed foster parents during their first year of service. With their guidance, new foster parents quickly learn how to access services and resources as well as address issues ranging from coordinating and communicating with case workers to managing children with challenging behaviors. Mentors understand how difficult it is to care for someone else’s children in your home, and this ability to empathize and share their own foster care experiences is what makes them uniquely effective.
For more information, please contact Stacy Smith, Family Support Specialist, at 401.438.3900 ext. 124.