Project SPAN: A Mentoring Program Bridging the Gap between Families and Community is a unique community program targeting families referred by the Division of Child Protection & Permanency and other agencies working with “at-risk” families as abusive and/or neglectful. Specially recruited, screened and trained mentors work directly in the client’s home serving as mentors for the children and/or parent(s) 4-6 hours per week. Weekly home visitation is designed to provide one-on-one support, encouragement, information, and guidance to families who agree to accept the help of a SPAN mentor.
Volunteers are prepared for this experience by staff of Project SPAN through a specialized class (approx. 12 hours) in the policy and procedures of the agency, as well as, topics such as: The Dynamics of Abusive Families, Indicators of Child Abuse and Neglect, Sensitivity to Multicultural Issues in Parenting, Understanding Child Development, Communication Skills, Crisis Intervention, and Community Resources. The relationship between families and volunteers is nonclinical and generally lasts a minimum of six to twelve months.
The Coordinator of Project SPAN will monitor the matches, provide support and guidance to the mentors, require ongoing documentation of visits, address problems and concerns, recognize outstanding volunteers, and prepare for appropriate closure and/or terminations. Outcome measures are evaluated through Client Satisfaction Evaluations, Caseworker Satisfaction Evaluations, Pre- and Post-Parenting Tests and SPAN Training Evaluations.
You Are Needed!
For more information or to volunteer, contact Project SPAN at 732.906.2553