The mission of FAMILIES PLUS is to nurture at-risk
children in the Delta County area. Our model program provides
mentors, caring community support, and training to help these
children build a healthy future. Their families are
supported also in order to best provide for these children.
The children that FAMILIES PLUS serves live in families
with severe chronic problems and inadequate resources.
Because of the population served, FAMILIES PLUS has
special characteristics as a child mentoring program.
First, the support systems we build around children are
meant to be long term.
Second, these support systems are comprised primarily of
Third, volunteer family mentors and natural families both
have access to a licensed mental health professional.
Finally, FAMILIES PLUS is built upon solid research in
prevention strategies and is itself being researched using a
control-group design. Each of these characteristics is a
strength of our family mentoring model.
Our Strategic Plan 2009-20012 enables us to reach more
high-risk children with the power of an increasing pool of
trained volunteers and professionals. It also challenges us
to educate the community on the needs of at-risk children,
to collaborate with other organizations serving children and
to continue to conduct valid and helpful research on the
impacts of family mentoring.
By completing this Plan, FAMILIES PLUS will build an
increasingly effective organization capable of realizing our
vision: that every child enters adulthood free of
addictions, poverty, violence, under-education or emotional
FAMILIES PLUS is a child-centered organization promoting
healthy families – one child at a time.
Delta County, Colorado is filled with caring people. That’s
why Delta County is the birth place of “Family Mentoring”.
Family mentoring is a unique concept; instead of matching
a child with one adult who spends some extra time with that
child, the child is instead matched with a mentoring family,
where he/she can participate in a variety of family
experiences. Family mentoring also means providing
volunteers to nurture the child’s natural family.
Many families lack the extensive support they will need due
to circumstances that they cannot remedy.
FAMILIES PLUS helps provide families with community
volunteers to create a support network that these families
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO RAISE A CHILD
WITH FAMILIES PLUS
|Sometimes Families Lack:
|-Help in a crisis
|-Breaks and rest for parents
|-Help with school and homework problems
|-Encouragement through rough times
FAMILIES PLUS VOLUNTEERS ARE THERE TO HELP
A Family Friend:
This is a community volunteer who takes on the role of a
regular friend to the parents and the whole family.
Mentor for the Child:
- stays in contact with the parents and offers support.
- this friend assists the natural family to find goods and
services that the members of the child’s natural family
One or several of the children in the family are provided with
a family to mentor them.
- invites the child to spend time with their family, doing
ordinary family activities. The amount of time can vary, but
the family is consistent about having regular contact with
- gets involved with the child’s education needs by
tutoring them, attending parents conferences, and rewarding
good school performance.
- may also help them get enrolled in children’s activities
such as soccer, scouting programs, or church groups
A Mentoring Manager:
This is a trained mental health care professional that is
assigned to the child and both families to assist them in
getting their relationship to stay on a positive track. This
professional acts as a consultant to all the adults involved
in the child’s life to support the child’s mental health
A Willing Teacher:
The child’s teacher is asked to expend extra time and energy
to communicate with the therapist and parents to help them
motivate and organize the child.
These adults or adolescents offer to spend intermittent time
with the child doing something that they themselves
particularly enjoy such as fishing, dance, computers etc.
These volunteers help build skills and self-esteem in the
children. They see the child at least six times a year but
often much more.
A Financial Supporter for the Child:
This is an individual or an organization that will defray
the costs of the professional Mentoring Manager, the
physical needs of the child, the Mentoring Family costs that
they cannot cover, and experiences for the child like summer
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