When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together
Companions for Children accepts referrals from teachers, social workers, therapists, guidance counselors, law enforcement offices, and other professionals. However, the child's parent or legal guardian must have a desire for their child to participate and a be a willing and active participant.
Companions for Children's staff will determine desire for program participation from both the child and parent through the initial phone inquiry call and throughout the Screening Process.
Please be advised that a volunteer Mentor is not always the appropriate intervention and to contact Companions for Children's staff if you are unsure if they are a good fit.
Mentor Screening Process
Companions for Children takes the safety of the children in it's programs seriously. Each volunteer in the community-based program must complete Companions for Childrnen's Screning Process. This includes: - Application - Online Mentor Training - Mandated Reporter Training & Certification - Minot Police Department Background Check - Department of Human Services Background Check - American Checked Nationwide Background Check - Three References - In-Person Interview - Social Media Check The completed Screening Process is taken to Companions for Children's Board of Directors for approval or denial.
Companions for Children has a list of Guidelines & Ground Rules to enhance safety.
Parents as Partners
When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. So it should come as no surprise that we need the parents to be involved every step of the way to ensure a successful match.
Parent Training & Paperwork
Parent Approval of Mentor
Parent and Mentor Meeting
Match Meeting - Parent, Mentor, & Mentee
Ongoing Parent Responsibilities
Staying in Communication with the Mentor - Communication is a Two Way Street
Approving Outing Activities Suggested by the Mentor
Discussing Outings with Your Child Upon their Return
Logging Outing Information (Hours, Activities, and Feedback)
Reporting Outing Information Monthly to Companions for Children's Staff
Participating in Annual Parent Training
Participating in Survey's at Match Milestones