By having a positive role model and mentor this enables children to gain more social and cultural awareness in their community. Good Friend staff promotes positive community involvement amongst mentors and mentees. When participating in community activities with Good Friend, children are always encouraged to exhibit respectable behaviors.
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Danbury Community Network
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Department of Children and Families
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Parents Without Partners
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Parents with Disabilities Online
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Ask Me About My Kids
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Grand Parents Again
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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Resource and support guide for grandparents and kinship caregivers.
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How long does it take?
There is no exact wait period. Once enrollment is complete it depends on our volunteer pool at the time and your comfort with the volunteer to proceed into a match. Our mentor population is unpredictable as numbers fluctuate month to month and their screening process can be lengthy. We cannot guarantee a match for any child at any given time.
Does it cost anything?
There are no participation costs involved in becoming enrolled in the program. However, providing your child with modest spending money for Good Friend activities would be helpful. When possible, provide your child with spending money so that the Volunteer will not feel obligated to pay for his/her activities.
How are volunteers screened?
Our main concern is for the safety of your child. Volunteer must undergo a thorough screening process in order to be considered in our program. This process involves:
- Attend a one hour mentor orientation
- Complete written application
- Check driving record and gain copy of current insurance coverage
- Check criminal history: state criminal history, sexual offender registry. Same checks must be performed in all states resided in as an adult.
- Provide personal and professional references
- Complete personal interview
- Complete Home Visit
- Copy of license for driver’s abstract.
Can I enroll more than one child?
Any child meeting the program eligibility requirements can be enrolled into the Good Friend program. This is a voluntary program and children must show interest for involvement.