Enroll a Child

“It is a joy to see my son bond with such a loving and supporting male figure such as Buck. Buck has shown and continues to show Cameron how to be a leader and good man by the way he lives his own life as a hardworking, loving, caring father and grandfather and BIG.”

- Sharon, mother to Little Brother Cameron

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Getting your child a Big Brother or Big Sister is giving your child the gift of friendship. Parents and guardians are an integral part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters match at every step of the process. Not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, you will also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister.

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

  • Completing an in-person interview including a potential home assessment

Ready to enroll your child? Follow these steps below:

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Step 1:

Call us at 404-601-7000 Ext. 0 or submit your information online here.

Step 2:

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)

  • If your child is seeing a counselor or therapist for any reason, please bring us the counselor's name and contact information.

Step 3:

Complete an in-person interview with our staff including you and your child.

Step 4:

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!

Step 5:

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.

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