The Mentoring Program of Children’s Aid and Family Services matches children and teenagers in the agency’s care with trained adult mentors. Because the children in our care have often been abandoned and betrayed by adults, they have difficulty trusting others. Our mentors are responsible, caring, adult figures with whom the children can build a bridge of trust. The relationship also helps to create much-needed stability in a child’s life.

Research demonstrates that the presence of a stable and positive role model in the life of a child is an essential element for positive and successful youth development. The 2013 study, “The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles,” found that mentored youth have better school attendance; a better chance of going on to higher education; and better attitudes toward school. In terms of health and safety, mentoring appears to help prevent substance abuse and reduce some negative youth behaviors.

For more information on becoming a mentor email Marcia Fisher at mfisher@cafsnj.org

John has been a mentor with Children’s Aid and Family Services for over eight years. Read his story here.

Listen to Darlene tell her story about her relationship with her mentor Lisa.

Listen to Liliana tell her story about being a mentor.