Becoming an AFPA Mentor

So you’re interested in or curious about becoming a mentor; you’ve come to the right place! Let’s start with who a mentor is. According to Merriam-Webster, a mentor is: someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person. While a foster or kinship parent mentor may not always be younger, they are certainly seasoned and experienced parents.

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

As a mentor you will benefit from:

  • Growth in your knowledge of the Alberta Child Intervention System
  • Networking opportunities and recognition of desire to support others
  • A sense of accomplishment by providing support to fellow foster and kinship parents
  • Developing and refining your interpersonal skills
  • Training hours that will be credited as they are earned

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 a Mentor

3 Step Application Process

1. Application

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

2. Referral

The mentorship program supervisor/coordinator will require a referral from your support worker after we receive your application form. We will ask your support worker about your personal skill and strengths, your experience in the child intervention system, your communication skills and whether you would make a great mentor overall. These questions are also asked of you at the end of your application, therefore it is important that you fill out that section in detail.

3. Contact

Successful applicants will be invited via email and/or phone to complete a mentor orientation session, which will take approximately 30 – 45 minutes. Please note that participating in the orientation session is mandatory to participating in the mentorship program.

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about the AFPA Mentorship Program? You may find the answer you are looking for below.

How do you decide who gets into the Mentorship Program?

The mentorship supervisor/coordinators consider each kinship mentor application individually. If the applicant meets the qualifications, has strong communication skills and personal strengths, has experience with various aspects of the child intervention system, as well as the support of their support workers, they will be considered an excellent candidate to become a mentor.

Why have I not been selected as a mentor?

There are a few reasons why you may not have been selected. Either your application is incomplete, we do not have an appropriate mentee for you at this time, or your referral does not support your application.

How do I get matched up with a mentee?

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 mentee in your area.

When will I find out if I am accepted?

We will notify all successful applicants via email and/or phone as soon as possible.

Do I need to meet my mentee in person?

Mentors typically correspond with their mentee via phone or email once per week, in addition to in person approximately once per month or as needed. The mentee and mentor are encouraged to discuss and establish and approach and schedule that best meets their needs.

What happens if I don’t get along with my mentee?

Please contact Melissa Gee, Program Supervisor, should you run into any difficulties throughout your mentoring relationship. If there is incompatibility for any reason, you and your mentee will be asked to comment so appropriate follow-up action can be taken.

If I am having trouble accessing the mentor application, what can I do?

Please contact Melissa Gee, Mentorship Supervisor, and include specific details of your situation.

If I have more questions, who do I contact?

Please contact Melissa Gee, Mentorship Supervisor at melissa@afpaonline.com or 780-701-4090.