Family Based Services volunteer mentors make long-term commitments to spend quality time with a child in our family-based services program. Mentors engage their mentee in developmentally appropriate community-based activities such as going to museums, parks, sporting games, restaurants, or sightseeing in the community. We match a volunteer with a child to spend quality time together at least four hour per month. Consistency in your visits with this child is crucial to developing trusting relationships with the children in our foster care. The schedule of visits is collaboratively created by the mentor, mentee, and foster parent.
NOTE: Please keep in mind that this is an as-needed volunteer opportunity for adults over the age of 21 and positions may not be available.
Must complete volunteer intake process (application, interview, background check, orientation, and pre-match training)
Monthly supervision with Family Based Services Family Support Specialist
At least 21 years old
High School Degree with at least some experience working with children.
Preferred certification in First Aid and CPR
Sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences in the staff and client populations.
Must be willing to volunteer flexible hours, and be available on the weekends.
Must have a Driver’s License, auto insurance, and working vehicle.
Location: Hephzibah Children’s Association, 1144 Lake St., 5 th Floor in Oak Park. Foster family homes are located within a 25 mile radius of Oak Park.
Time Frame: Mentor and foster family determine schedule. Mentor commit to at least four hours per month. Must be willing and able to commit to at least one year of mentorship.
Supervision: Volunteer Manager and Family Based Services Family Support Specialist
To help children thrive and families flourish through innovative, community-based programs
Hephzibah Children's Association is a COA Accredited agency serving children and families throughout the state of Illinois. Hephzibah's Group Homes are where abused and neglected children come to heal and grow, where they can be free of fear, worry, and loneliness. Our Family Based Services renews and strengthens family bonds and our Foster Care Services creates new, loving and secure family ties. Hephzibah's Day Care program offers an award winning educational experience for children in the community -- regardless of their family's ability to pay.