Mentors provide a critical, consistent nurturing relationship for a child.
Most members of a youth's support team are paid professionals, which by its nature, leads to staffing changes and even more transition for a child. Mentors can provide a long-term, foundational, nurturing relationship and be a constant factor in a child's life helping the child to heal.
There are many great programs for mentoring foster youth. Mentoring typically requires a commitment of 1-2 hours a week; length of commitment requested differs by organization.
HEMI - Higher Education Mentoring Initiative - High school and college aged, focused solely on Hamilton County foster youth.
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) - Grades 2-12, and college freshmen, primarily from Cincinnati Public Schools, including youth in foster care.
Lighthouse Youth Services - At-risk youth under 24, including youth in foster care.
Big Bothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati