Becoming an AFPA Mentee

So you’re interested in or curious about becoming a mentee; you’ve come to the right place! Let’s start with who a mentee is. According to Merriam-Webster, a mentee is:  one who is being mentored

A mentor will share with their mentee their knowledge, experience, be supportive and by nature, be thoroughly interested in the mentees’ thoughts, feelings, opinions, anxieties or concerns.

As a mentee you will benefit from:

  • Gaining a greater understanding of your role as a foster or kinship parent
  • Increased networking and sense of belonging
  • Receiving impartial and trusted advice and guidance
  • Developing new skills and knowledge
  • An increased confidence and motivation to challenge yourself to achieve new goals and explore alternatives

Not only will the mentor/mentee benefit each other, there are also substantial benefits to children, youth and families!
They will benefit from:

  • Increase in foster and kinship parent retention
  • Improved motivation and collaboration of foster and kinship parent stakeholders
  • Continuous support and development of skills among foster and kinship parents
  • Improved placement stability and common goal of permanency
  • Increased awareness to foster and kinship parents regarding supports and services for themselves, children and youth in care, and bio families

Applying to Become an AFPA Mentee

3 Step Application Process

1. Application

Please click below to select either “Foster Parent Mentee Application”, or, “Kinship Parent Mentee Application”

Contact

Applicants will be contacted by the mentorship supervisor/coordinator. Please contact us if you have not received any responses after one month of application submission.

Successful applicants will be invited via email and/or phone to complete a 1/2 hour mentor orientation session. Please note that participating in the orientation session is mandatory to participating in the mentorship program.

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Frequently Asked Questions – Mentees

Do you have a question about the AFPA Mentorship Program?
Please read through these questions before contacting us directly.

How do you decide on a mentor?
The Mentorship Coordinators consider each mentor application individually. If the applicant meets the qualifications, has strong communications skills and personal strengths, a range of experience with the child intervention system, as well as the support of their support workers, they will be considered an excellent candidate to become a mentor.

How do I get matched up with a mentor?
Mentors and mentees are matched on the basis of what areas of knowledge are marked on the referral forms, in addition to their geographical locations. We will try to match you up as best as possible to the closest mentor in your area.

When will I find out that I am in the program?
We will notify all successful applicants via email and/or phone as soon as possible. Please contact us if you have not received any responses after a month of application.

Do I need to meet my mentor in person?
Mentors typically correspond with their mentee via phone or email once per week in addition to in person once a month, if necessary or preferred. The mentee and mentor are encouraged to discuss and establish an approach and schedule that best meets their needs.

What happens if I don’t get along with my mentor?
Please contact Melissa Gee (see information below), should you run into any difficulties throughout your mentoring relationship. If there is incompatibility for any reason, you and your mentor will be asked to comment so appropriate follow-up action can be taken.

If I am having trouble accessing the mentee application, what can I do?
Please contact Melissa Gee, Mentorship Supervisor, and include specific details of your situation.

 If I have more questions, whom do I contact?
Please contact Melissa Gee, Mentorship Supervisor atmelissa@afpaonline.com or 780-701-4090.