- Sharon, mother to Little Brother Cameron
Once the match is made, parents remain closely involved in several key ways, including:
Approving match activities and supporting your child’s involvement
Asking your child questions about the match meetings and reporting any concerns to the agency staff
Regularly reporting back to the agency about your child’s progress and milestones in the match relationship – Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you regularly, but we welcome your feedback at any time
Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives
Your child’s safety is important to us! We focus heavily on the quality and integrity of our volunteers by:
Completing a national criminal background check
Gathering information from at least three references
Verifying a valid driver's license and auto insurance
You and your child will attend the Parent-Volunteer Partnership and Making Big Friends Training session and bring the following pieces of information with you:
A current photo of your child (for our file)
Complete an in-person interview with our staff including you and your child.
Once all your materials are collected, evaluated, and approved, we will pre-match your child with a Big and discuss the potential match with you and the Big. When you and the Big have approved this “pre-match,” we will then arrange a "Match Meeting" so your child and his or her Big can plan activities and begin their friendship!
Once the match is made, you and your child remain closely involved with our Match Support Department. Our team is there to ensure that your child’s match is a successful, fun, and rewarding experience for everyone. You will have contact with our Match Support and Compliance Department throughout the life of your child’s friendship.