Foster care organizations seek mentors for Michigan youth – The Oakland Press

January is National Mentoring Month, and local foster care organizations are seeing a growing need for adult mentors.

Based in Farmington Hills, the Judson Center is seeking adults, specifically males, to consider mentoring foster youth through their Child Safe Mentoring Program.

The nonprofit human services agency works with foster care, adoption, mentoring and family preservation. Their Safe Mentoring for Kids program is dedicated solely to connecting youth in foster care with an adult to serve as an advocate and supporter.

“Mentors are even more important now because the COVID pandemic has left many young people feeling isolated and alone,” said Lenora Hardy-Foster, president and CEO of the Judson Center. “Our mentoring program connects children and youth in foster care ages 7 to 23 with an adult who can make a positive impact simply by listening, caring and participating in activities with them.”

The program recently noticed a growing need for male mentors and is looking for men ages 24-45 who are willing to commit time each month to a youth in their foster program.

“We tend to have a much higher number of women stepping up as mentors,” said Judson Center Chief Strategy Officer Khadija Walker-Fobbs. “For many years, a large number of male teenagers in foster care or who have been in foster care specifically require male mentors and role models in their lives.”

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