A volunteer mentoring program for 34 years, BeFriend-A-Child provides opportunities for companionship, guidance and support to children who are at risk of abuse and neglect or who have been abused and neglected.
Through mentoring, BeFriend-A-Child hopes to reduce some of the child abuse and neglect "risk factors" - social isolation, lack of support, and family stress; and to enhance various "protective factors" - positive self-esteem, good social skills, hobbies, interests, and good peer relationships. BeFriend-A-Child can also help encourage youth (with strong parental involvement) to make healthy life decisions and to achieve their potential.
How We Work
Children from ages 5-12 are matched one-on-one with volunteers who are trained to serve as mentors and friends. In addition to spending one-on-one time together, the mentors and children participate in monthly educational and social group activities, such as the holiday party, performing arts workshop, hayride, tour of the Washington Post, and community services project.
BeFriend-A-Child mentors are carefully screened, trained, and supervised by social workers. Mentors agree to spend a minimum of eight hours a month and at least twice a month for one year with their mentees.
By connecting at-risk youth with professionally supported, caring adult mentors, BeFriend-A-Child creates a community where children feel more confident and motivated to make informed, responsible life choices and become productive, involved members of the community.
Interested in Becoming a Mentor?
To request an application, please contact Andrea Stephenson, L.S.W., 703-324-7072 (TTY: 703-222-9452). Provide your:
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
Rave Motion Pictures (Fairfax, VA)