Youth in foster care have special needs, as they can often feel their very identity is shattered. They live with families not their own and know that this is not a stable place. The anxiety is real and so we have provided these youth with volunteer mentors to talk with, to share with, to trust. Our mentors see each youth twice per month and commit to this relationship for the youth’s entire time in foster care (and after foster care).
We asked the youth to write down “The #1 thing I want to say about my mentor is this:” The responses were frank, humbling, and show the incredible value of this relationship.
South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond Announces Scrooges and Angels for 2015 Fostering Great Ideas was selected as a 2015 South Carolina Secretary of State “Angel”. The Secretary of State annually selects ten organizations that represent some of the most efficient and effective charities in South Carolina. It is … Continue reading
With these opening words, 90 people at the recent Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) conference in Nashville, TN, struggled for over an hour, leaving their comfort zones, as they collectively entered into foster care as a birth parent, a foster parent or a vulnerable child. The role play began light-hearted … Continue reading
Our mentors tell it best: through our Life Support program, we are helping youth to navigate the tough challenges life has thrown at them… “We began our mentor/mentee relationship from the start, with dinner two years ago. The 19 year old “boy” that I met had been in some form … Continue reading
As told by one of our Life Support mentors, who has made a big difference in the life of this youth… “We have gone to court with our mentee. We’ve gone searching for him at night when he got mad and left his home. It didn’t take us long to … Continue reading
…when you read this. Our mentoring program, Life Support, is changing lives for youth in foster care. We send a confidential survey to all youth so they can tell us how they really feel about their mentor. We’ll let the words speak for themselves… “My mentor is the best mentor … Continue reading