FAMILIES AS PARTNERS
Parents, guardians, and caregivers are not just part of the process, they’re part of the success.
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, guardians, and caregivers of Littles to be involved every step of the way, starting with the initial Match.
Not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you’ll also approve the selection of the Big. Once the match is made, you remain closely involved in many ways, including:
- Approving activities and outings for your child and their Big
- Asking your child questions about those outings, and sharing what you learn with the agency staff
- Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency on a regular basis. (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County will contact you, but we welcome your feedback any time.)
- Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, and communicating with your child about the training he, she, or they receive/s.
You’ll feel the impact as much as your child.
A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:
✓ are more confident
✓ are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
✓ do better in school
✓ get along better with their family and friends
✓ feel better about themselves