Mentoring Program

Research has consistently demonstrated that children greatly benefit from caring relationships with adults. One way to establish a positive, stable adult-child relationship is to pair children with a regular mentor. Children in a mentor-mentee relationship are more likely complete their schooling and less likely to use drugs and to engage in dangerous social behavior. Additionally, mentors provide guidance for children facing normal life challenges. Children that are facing the prospect of studying for their first big exam, buying their first car, or getting their first job may not know how to navigate these new and unfriendly waters. Mentors can provide practical advice for children facing these challenges. By helping children through these everyday situations, mentors can increase a child’s self-esteem and improve their ability to set and achieve various life goals. Friends of Children and Families’ Mentoring program is committed to turning “hurting into healing” for abused and neglected children in Central Florida. Children receive weekly contact with a mentor, who encourages them to discover their personal best. This support restores hope and shapes the destiny of children, whose self-esteem has been shattered. Children in this program will improve academically and behaviorally, set goals, and develop the courage to dream of a brighter future. FRIENDS’s Mentors are carefully screened and matched with foster care children who need support and guidance from a positive role model. This positive partnership provides an invaluable experience to foster children who have often have negative interactions with adults.