The safety of your child is your highest priority. It’s no different at Big Brothers Big Sisters. We focus on the child’s safety and well-being throughout the match, not just at the beginning.
Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But, before we begin the matching process, we thoroughly screen potential Bigs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:
- Completion of a formal written application
- Background and reference checks
- An in-person interview
- 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 development
Big Brothers Big Sisters also provides child safety tips to you and your child, and we welcome your questions and feedback. Throughout the life of the match, our professional staff will be in on-going communication with you, your child, and your child’s Big. While our staff carefully screens each volunteer, we need your help to make sure the relationship is healthy and the volunteer is making good judgments about your child’s safety during activities. It’s the best way to build a strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on your child’s future success.