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Family mentor program seeks volunteers

June 27, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The United Way Volunteer Center and the Children's Network of Southwest Florida are recruiting individuals to become family mentors. Volunteers will be trained and matched with parents who have been involved in the Child Welfare system and are ready to be re-unified with their children.

An ideal family mentor will be one who can be non-judgmental, offer a minimum of an hour a week to work with the parent(s), and provide a caring and supportive relationship to reduce the feeling of isolation in the spirit of "families helping families." Mentors will assist parents with basic parenting and family budgeting skills by teaching, coaching and modeling.

Today's parents need a support system. Each mentor will work to build a committed and trusting relationship with the parents, supporting them though the transition. The mentor will empower the parents to define and meet goals for themselves, to achieve self-reliance, and offer advice that parents may be uncomfortable seeking elsewhere. Building this kind of relationship is particularly important for struggling families who have few role models or positive outlets for both children and adults.

Training classes are offered monthly and will cover the topics such as confidentiality, planning for success, family engagement, and an overview of the Child Welfare System.

To become a mentor register online at or contact Patrice Cunningham or 239.433.7557

The United Way Volunteer Center connects individuals and companies to volunteer opportunities throughout our community. Volunteers can reach the United Way Volunteer Center by calling (239) 433-5767, or by visiting the United Way website at



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