Global Family relies upon trained and dedicated volunteers to become Mentors, God-Parents, and Guardians for the children in our family care programs. You can mentor a child in one of the following locations:
The Mentor is matched with one child, preferably of the same gender, and commits to meeting with that child at least once a week at the aftercare facility. The commitment should last until the child is returned back to his/her family, or until the child moves into long-term family care. The goal of creating a relationship between a Mentor and a child is to provide additional rehabilitative support from someone who interacts with them on a volunteer basis. A mentor should only be paired with one child at a time, and can be paired with a child whether he/she is temporarily sheltered in the aftercare program or will be moved into long-term family care. This individual should be recruited and trained within the context of a local/faith-based organization within the community in which the aftercare program exists.
The God-Parent commits to meeting with the child at least once a week at the site of the family care home, school, or long-term facility of the local/faith-based organization. The commitment should be life-long; weekly meetings take place until the child becomes an adult, after which the God-Parent should continue to serve as an integral role of his/her life. The goal of creating a relationship between a God-Parent and a child is to provide ongoing personal, emotional, spiritual, social, and economic support from a stable and caring adult who is a part of the child’s life voluntarily on a long-term basis. The child who is assigned a God-Parent should have transitioned out of a short-term shelter and into long-term family care or a family-care home. This God-Parent should be continually trained and provided support from the same local/faith-based organization.
Guardianship is a legal commitment to provide shelter, education, food, medical care, and financial management to a child. It is a life-long commitment, whereby a child will become fully integrated into a family and receive the same love and care of a natural born child. Guardians fulfill the following duties:
Accept the constant responsibilities of caring for a child
Accept full liability for the child’s actions
Manage the child’s finances and provide records to the court
Go through necessary court proceedings for permission to handle certain financial issues
Build a stable, caring, and supportive relationship with the child
Act as the legal parent of the child for the entirety of the guardianship
Accept the impact that becoming a Guardian has upon one’s family, health, and job