You don’t need a lot of money to make a big difference in the life of a foster child. In fact, donating your time often makes more of an impact! But would you make a great mentor to foster children? Ask yourself these five questions to find out.
1. Do You Enjoy Being Around Children?
Foster children run the gambit of ages, from infants to teenagers. Consider whether you enjoy being around children and ask yourself if this is something you’d like to spend your time doing. Keep in mind it’s possible to choose an age range, such as only teenagers or primary school students if you have a preference.
2. Do You Have Time a Little Time to Spare to Be a Mentor?
Being a mentor takes a little spare time. Consider whether you’re able to make a time commitment.
3. Can You Relate to These Children?
It helps if you understand some of the many situations faced by foster children. Some are grieving their caregivers. Others have been abused. Some have been around drugs, alcohol, and other things they shouldn’t have been exposed to. They’ve often lived in impoverished or unsafe conditions.
4. Do You Want to Make a Difference?
By mentoring a foster child, you can make a huge difference in that child’s life. Does making a difference appeal to you? Most mentors agree that the sense of accomplishment is well worth the time invested!
5. Can You Pass a Background Check?
Anyone who works with foster children will need to pass a background check. This ensures the safety of the children in the mentoring program, as well as their foster families.