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Child Safety and Big Brothers Big Sisters

The safety and well-being of the children we serve is BBBS’ highest priority. Before making a match, our Enrollment and Matching Team carefully screens volunteers to find the safest and most effective mentors. To help ensure child safety, each volunteer must complete a thorough screening process that includes:

  • Completion of a formal written application
  • A nationwide criminal history background check
  • A county criminal history record check
  • A motor vehicle record check (Community-Based volunteers)
  • Drivers license verification (Community-Based volunteers)
  • Insurance certification verification
  • Child abuse/neglect check
  • Social Security verification
  • Three references
  • A reference check for any ongoing time the volunteer has spent working with children
  • An in-person interview
  • An assessment of the volunteer’s home environment (for Community-Based mentoring)
  • A professional assessment of the volunteer’s appropriateness to volunteer with a child
  • An orientation and training process that outlines the individualized needs of your child and provides information and resources on how to encourage your child’s healthy development

After a match is made, our Case Managers maintain monthly contact with the parent, child and volunteer. These conversations serve not only to measure the health of the match, but to address any areas of concern.

Your Case Manager will also be available to you outside the monthly check-ins and you are encouraged to contact them with any questions or concerns.

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