Parents/guardians have entrusted their child to you. They remain the leaders in their family and we respect and honor that. The parent’s/guardian’s support is critical to the success of the match.
It may take a while to establish your role with the parent/guardian. Listed below are some ways you can work with the parent/guardian.
Make sure they are aware of activity plans, and ask if the activity is okay. Do not rely on the Little to tell the parent/guardian about plans.
Communicate with them before and after an activity. Describe what you plan to do and what you’ve done together.
Let them know about any changes in plans.
Respect the privacy and confidentiality of your Little’s family with those outside of BBBS ECW.
Maintain a primary relationship with your Little and do not become overly involved with the rest of his/her family.
Talk to your Match Support Specialist about any concerns you have regarding your Little’s family or your Little’s well-being. Supportive Parents/Guardians:
Return phone calls and stay in regular contact with you.
Work with you to find the best times for outings to occur and make sure that their child is prepared: proper clothing, ready on time, limited spending money if needed.
Do not use you as a form of punishment. It is important that your Little knows that you will be in their life even if they have not been meeting their parents’/guardians’ expectations.
Never ask that siblings or friends be included your outings.
Do not expect you to purchase anything for their child.
Do not discuss your Little with you when he/she is present. Building a partnership with your Little’s parent/guardian takes time.