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Becoming A Mentor

Any volunteers that have the privilege of working with children must go through an extensive clearing process. This is a step by step guide on what the requirements are for becoming a mentor, as well as resources to assist mentors once they are matched.

Step 1: Completing a Volunteer Application

The first step in beginning the mentor process is completing a volunteer application. A Family For Every Child's volunteer application requires all volunteers to sign a confidentiality statement. This means that all volunteers are subject to liability if they reveal confidential or identifying information about a child. This is particularly poignant for mentors since they spend one on one time with the child/children. The volunteer application also lists a series of mentor questions to help staff identify what the mentor's interests and hobbies are, as well as what their lifestyle might be like. It is not mandatory to complete the entire questionnaire when filling out the volunteer application, because all mentors must also complete an in home interview.

Step 2: In-Home Interview

All mentors must participate in an in-home interview. An AFFEC staff member will contact you in order to schedule a time when which he or she may come to the potential mentor's home and talk with them about the program as well as what the mentor envisions what the mentor/mentee relationship will look like. The AFFEC representative may review questions that were originally on the volunteer application for further clarification.

Step 3: The Background Check

All mentors and any adult living in their homes are subject to a criminal background check. After completing the background check, you will receive a series of emails that need to be responded to accordingly and will prompt you to get your fingerprints taken at a designated location. The request will time out in 21 days, so it is important to do this as soon as possible.The potential mentor's fingerprints are then sent to the state and the FBI. Background checks usually take 1-3 weeks to be fully processed, and must come back "approved" for a mentor to be matched with a child.

Step 4: Mentor Orientation

Furthermore, mentors are required to attend a mentor orientation. The mentor orientation reviews important topics, such as the program's requirements, the population we work with, the mentor match process, mandatory reporting, effective communication, and match closure. The orientation is the first step in learning about mentoring and working with a child, however, the orientation should not be expected to have "all the answers." For this reason, mentor volunteers also receive monthly training webinars and access to extra resources.

Community Mentor


Are you a quilter?

Do you want to help but not know how?   Would you be willing to make quilts for kids?

We are looking for quilts of various sizes (from Baby to Queen) and in any colors.   You do not even need to do more than the tops and if you could supply the backing that would be great!   (Our coordinator has a quilting machine for use in this project)

Please contact Kathy Jacobsen, Quilts for Kids Coordinator at (541)-513-8754, or at for more details. 

We are recruiting experienced LONG TERM, committed 
Parents for our toughest kids.

These families will get a higher level of training and support for this difficult, but very important, job.   

    • Teens without hope for their own future.
    • Siblings with difficult issues/challenges.
    • Kids who have a hard time in Public school.
    • Kids who have not been successful in a large home with many children and might do really well with a more focused opportunity.
    • Kids who just do not seem to fit in and need someone to empathize.
    • Teens who need help with College/job skills and someone to call after they reach the age of 18.


1675 West 11th Avenue

Eugene, Oregon 97402

We need creative people who will take a child's life story, memories, and events, and record them in words and ways that they can understand. Please come and help make a difference for these kids using a hobby you already love. We make Life Books for children here in Lane County who are being adopted!

Please contact:

Pam Strickland for more information on the life story books or about participating in
this program.

Email Pam or call A Family For Every Child at 1-541-343-2856.

Prom Dresses for Foster Girls 

Josephine's Closet is an Oregon non-profit created to collect and distribute gently-used and new prom and other formal dresses to girls in need in Lane County, Oregon. For further information, contact Lisa Christon, , or call 541/682-4702. 

Foster Parent Resource Closet: West Eugene Family Center

We have clothes, shoes and various articles for foster kids.   You can call the SSAs at the West Eugene Family Center and arrange a time to come by, or just stop by and ask for us at reception. 
686-7722, Libby Forsberg x272, Dan Plaster x242 or Twyla Pew x301

Project Linus: Providing Security Through Blankets

Project Linus is a non-profit organization with a two-fold mission.   First mission, to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”   Second, to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

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