Taking active interest in children means taking interest in their families: understanding – and respecting – the nuances of kids’ relationships with moms, dads, grandparents, guardians, siblings. It’s about respecting family history, cultural influence and life experience and working together to identify ways to support the child, and his or her family, toward meeting their goals.
There are not enough words to express my gratitude. The connections have impacted our family in so many wonderful ways. My daughter’s Big Sister has become family. This magical match has filled her life, and our life, with such joy for over three years. Just this past weekend, my daughter’s Big Sister attended her third dance recital with us.
With such tremendous kindness, the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters organization has helped my children to attend overnight camp on generous scholarship. That Camp Yavneh connection, too, has become so meaningful for us.
– Beth, Children’s Program parent
Parents and guardians are actively involved in the process of identifying a right-fit Big Brother or Sister for their child. And, in addition to monthly phone check-ins with parents and guardians, our team of dedicated Programs staff remains available to the child’s family through the duration of the match, offering short-term counseling and referrals to support services as needed. Economic assistance is also available to qualifying families in financial crisis.