FAFS’ peer mentoring program matches experienced resource parents with other resource parents who may need additional support. FAFS’ Mentors provide extra support, encouragement, friendship and guidance. They understand the concerns, issues and daily challenges of being a resource, kinship and/or adoptive parent as they have gone through similar experiences through being licensed in New Jersey.
FAFS’ Mentors work closely with mentees until the mentee feels that they have received the support they need. FAFS’ Mentors can provide a listening and supportive ear, coach and guide licensed parents, connect parents to other FAFS programs and services, and refer parents to FAFS’ Family Advocates when needed. FAFS’ Mentors work in conjunction with FAFS’ Family Advocates. Whenever a mentee needs a higher level of support or advocacy services the FAFS’ Mentor will connect their assigned mentee to a Family Advocate.
Some topics Mentors have assisted with include:
- What to expect as a newly licensed family
- Handling the many needs of children in care
- The adoption process
- Children being reunified
Become a Mentee
FAFS’ Mentors Can
- Provide a listening and supportive ear
- Encourage, coach and guide resource parents
- Connect resource parents to FAFS’ local Connecting Families community-based meetings, trainings and events
- Refer resource parents to FAFS’ Family Advocates for advocacy and additional support services
Please note: FAFS’ mentors cannot provide legal advice or advocacy services
Contact with Mentor is primarily by phone or email. Frequency and method of contact may vary depending on Mentor/Mentee availability and preference. If opting to meet in person, FAFS suggests a public venue (e.g., coffee shop, library, etc.).
Matches are made based on Mentor/Mentee availability and suitability.
Become a Mentor
FAFS is providing this Mentor/Mentee matching program to serve as a resource to the community. FAFS is not responsible for the advice provided in the Mentor/Mentee relationship. Any information provided should be verified with a FAFS Family Advocate. FAFS does not guarantee the quality of advice provided in this relationship nor is making any representation about the mentor or mentee other than that both parties are or were licensed resource parents in the State of New Jersey.