3 Things to Do Before You Mentor a Foster Child

Encouraging mentor works with preteen boy in the campus library.
An encouraging mentor works with a boy in the campus library.

Mentoring a foster child is a generous and rewarding thing to do. For you and the foster child to have the best experience possible, there are some simple steps you might want to take before you get started. These are 3 ideas for getting prepared for one of the most special experiences of your life that can make a huge difference in the life of a child in need.

Talk With Your Family

Mentoring works best when your own family is on board too. Let them know that you’re excited about the idea of being a mentor and how mentoring enriches children’s lives. Maybe some of your relatives will want to join you. Maybe your kids will have suggestions for activities that kids their age will enjoy. Just like any new project, it also helps to keep things running smoothly if your family knows in advance that you’re taking on a significant commitment. That way they know what to expect and you can work together to address any adjustments that may be needed at home.

Assess Your Strengths

Being loving and responsible are the basic ingredients for mentoring a foster child. On top of that, we all have our unique traits and talents. Think about what you can contribute to a child’s life. Maybe you can help them learn a second language. Maybe you have a favorite sport that you’ll want to practice together.

Do Your Research

Ask whatever organization you volunteer with about what resources they provide for mentors. You may also want to check reputable websites and publications about subjects like child psychology and stages of development.

Learn More About Becoming a Mentor to a Foster Child

TFI Kids Fund welcomes mentors who want to help build a brighter future for foster children and foster families. Contact us to learn more about mentoring opportunities and other ways to help children in need.