At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we believe that all children and youth deserve to live in a world that makes them feel cared for and protected. We commit to helping to ensure the safety and well-being in the life of every child that engages with our agency and make child safety our highest priority.
We are committed to being part of the solution toward reducing the violence and victimization children and youth face, and addressing the impact of trauma in children’s lives.
Research shows that children need caring adults in their lives to build protective factors that help to reduce their chances of victimization of all kinds.
Research also demonstrates that caring adults can play a critically important role in helping to heal youth that have been exposed to violence and trauma in their neighborhoods, schools, communities and sometimes their own homes.
Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:
✓ Completion of a formal written application
✓ Background and reference checks
✓ An in-person interview and professional written assessment
✓ An orientation and training process that outlines the individualized needs and goals of the child and provides information and resources on how to encourage each child's development
PROFESSIONAL MATCH SUPPORT
Our highly qualified, specially trained match support professionals are responsible for helping to ensure that relationships between Littles and Bigs are developing in a healthy, safe way for everyone involved. They’re also responsible for helping guide mentoring relationships that will be enduring and enriching, and result in positive outcomes for youth, unique to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Our ongoing match support process is extensive, and includes:
✓ Required match supervision by trained staff, including ongoing communication with match participants for the life of a match
✓ Professional monitoring of adherence to safety-related policies and procedures focused on maintaining appropriate boundaries and healthy relationship development
✓ Nationwide technology that tracks and monitors match activities and Littles’ progress in areas such as academics, avoidance of risky behaviors, socio-emotional development, and aspirations