What Can I Do Help? Part 6: Mentor
Mar 3, 2014 by fosteringhope
Perhaps you are unable to commit to long-term foster care, but still desire to make a tangible, personal difference in the life of a foster child. One avenue to consider is a mentoring program. Mentors are needed for adolescents in care, specifically for those living in congregate care (think group homes and shelters). Adolescents living in congregate care often lack strong relationships with stable, mature adults. Through mentoring, you can provide them with essential friendship, guidance, and development.
The need for mentors is always greater than the supply. In particular, adolescents need mentors who persevere in their mentoring. Many mentors start strong but fade away. The result? Another foster youth “abandoned” by yet another adult. More pain. More cynicism. Less hope.
The gospel teaches the Christian another path. Through the gospel, we learn about a love that never abandons; a love that perseveres despite great cost and sacrifice. It is this kind of love that adolescents in foster care need to experience. If you’ve experienced such love in the gospel, then you are a great candidate to share that very love as a mentor.