We are looking for dedicated mentors to join our program! AdoptMent (Adoption Mentoring) is a specialized program that brings foster and adopted youth together with adult mentors who were adopted or in foster care as children. This program offers young people and their adult mentors a unique opportunity and a fun, safe space to build meaningful connections. During their time together, the mentor and mentees share feelings, thoughts, and questions surrounding their unique life experiences as well as enjoy activities that focus on personal development, identity, independence, personal skill building, and having fun. The goal of our program is to provide foster/adopted youth with a significant level of support, advocacy, and guidance that will help prevent adoption disruptions, support opportunities for permanency of older youth, and help ambivalent youth become open to the idea of adoption. The connection mentees build with their mentors is underlined with a mutual validation of feelings and experiences, which helps to create meaningful, long-lasting relationships.
AdoptMent Program Logistics: AdoptMent holds group sessions every other Thursday from September through June. Sessions are from 5:30-7:30 PM at New Alternatives for Children, on West 26 th street in Manhattan. During these gatherings, mentors and mentees participate in creative, fun and dynamic activities to address themes such as identity, self-esteem, leadership, career development, and grief and loss, while integrating the underlying theme of adoption and foster care.
Mentor Training and Support: Mentors are offered a comprehensive orientation, which includes an overview of the program and provides information about a variety of topics such as: the foster care system, role and expectations of a mentor, confidentiality, cultural awareness, adoption-related issues, etc. Mentoring isn’t always easy, so the program provides mentors with support through the successes and challenges. Monthly check-ins and/or trainings are offered to help mentors navigate their relationships throughout the program.
How to Apply: To become a mentor with AdoptMent, you will need to fill out an application, meet with program staff, and go through a screening process before you can begin the program. More information about these steps will be provided to interested individuals. To apply to, please e-mail Liv Anna Homstead, program specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website at www.fosteringchangeforchildren.org/index.php/adoptment/about.
AdoptMent is a program of Fostering Change for Children and partners with New Alternatives for Children and Mentoring USA.
- Child Development
- Youth Services
- Child Welfare
- Child Care
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 22
- Orientation or Training
- 1 year, attendance at most bi-weekly sessions
- Have been adopted or in foster care