Child Safety

The safety of your child is your highest priority. It’s no different at Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Making the best possible match between Little and Big is critical to the growth and development of a child. But before we begin the matching process, we start by thoroughly screening potential Bigs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters National Standards of Excellence require each volunteer to complete an extensive screening process that includes:

  • Completion of a formal written application
  • Background checks
  • Driving record check (if in Community-based program)
  • Reference checks
  • An in-person interview
  • An orientation and training
  • A professional assessment of the volunteer and then a acceptance, deferral or denial of that volunteer
  • If accepted, volunteers will then receive a match plan that outlines the individualized needs of the child and provides information and resources on how to encourage the child’s development

Big Brothers Big Sisters also provides child safety tips to families and children, and we welcome questions and feedback. Throughout the life of the match, our professional staff will be in ongoing communication with guardians, child, and the child’s Big. It’s the best way to build a strong relationship that will have the greatest impact on the child’s future success.