In line with AFFEC’s mission at reducing the number of kids in foster care, AFFEC is looking for strong parent mentors to work with parents in the Lane County Oregon community. We believe that one of the best ways to avoid the trauma of the foster care system is to prevent involvement in the first place. Many parents in our community have the potential to be loving, productive parents; however, they lack the tools and knowledge to do so. As we all probably know by now, abuse can be passed down generation to generation. Let’s work together to stop the cycle of abuse in our community by educating at risk families. You don’t have to be perfect; you do, however, have to possess an understanding of why this need is so great in our community and have a extra few hours a month you are willing to dedicate to simply being a confidant and friend in the life of someone who may simply need a stable shoulder to lean on.
We are actively looking for individuals who are open to sharing their parenting skills, life experiences, and open communication skills with parents and families who need their support and guidance. People who choose to mentor parents make a difference in the lives of the people they help and in their communities. Mentors provide guidance and support, possibly during crisis situations, assist with day-to-day activities like escorting parents to appointments, connecting parents with community resources, helping parents improve parenting and life skills, and creating a more stable environment at home.
Focusing on the goal of enhancing and improving permanency outcomes for families, parent mentors are role models who provide guidance based on a combination of training and personal first-hand experience. Empowering and coaching parents through the process with DHS, the courts, and other family centered community partners is an important aspect of this work. The parent mentor works to lead by example; after the initial 12 months it is the hope that the parent feels more empowered by the skills they have learned from the mentor and are able to advocate for themselves and their family in a productive and healthy manner.
Full Parent Mentor Job Description
Parent Mentors Need To:
- Have empathy/experience they are willing to share
- Be able to pass a back ground check
- Have parenting skills
- Be able to commit to a year of helping and assisting a family
- Communicate openly without judgment of the parent or youth in the home
- Have tolerance and respect for individuals differences, opinions, and perspectives
- Familiarize themselves with local agencies that may be beneficial to their mentee
- Be willing to attend monthly trainings
Parent Mentors work together with families to educate and support them in the following areas:
- Essential parenting skills
- Hygiene issues
- Advocacy and referral
- Appropriate housing
- Non-physical means of discipline
- Development of a budget
Skills / Qualifications Required:
- Commit to at least 10 hours a month to their mentee
- Make a one year commitment to mentee
- Weekly check-ins
- Participate in Trainings
- Be at least 21-years-old
- Must pass a background check
Read the full Parent Mentor Job Description here
We are interested in hearing from a variety of people from many different walks of life. Whether you are involved in many community activities and feel it is your duty to give back, involved in a faith based organization, or simply have found yourself alone and struggling in the past and feel you could offer some insight to a family in need, this may be the opportunity that you have been waiting for. If you feel that you have something to contribute and wish to be a part of something bigger than yourself, please contact us in one of the ways below:
- Fill out the Volunteer Form (include Parent Mentor Information).
- Call the Family Preservation Director at 541-343-2856.
- Email AFFEC’s Family Preservation Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
- Email the director a suggested time to schedule when she can call you back.