Help For Children With A Family

We also work with children who have families; usually those who are disabled or have been adopted.

We help children

  • From single-parent families
  • From large families
  • From foster families
  • Whose parents or [caregivers] are elderly
  • Whose brother or sister has a disease

Usually, children with families come to the program at the age of 12-13 – the beginning of their teen years.

What unites cases like that? In all those situations kids might not get enough communication, support, and attention. So every volunteer aims to become an adult who is going to be interested in their life.

In our program, we accept any family that needs a volunteer to provide this kind of support. It is important that not only the kid but the family as well wants to participate in the program, meaning that  it’s a family decision. However, we do not help the whole family. Our work is not about family psychology, it is about the specific child.

What we do

We find a volunteer mentor for the child. A curator works hard to find the right fit for them, as we want mentor and mentee to become friends, to suit each other emotionally, and to share interests and hobbies.  

Every week, the couple spends a couple of hours or even an entire day together. They hang out, talk, walk around, and maybe even go places such as the cinema. Some of them go to the countryside, some teach their mentees how to cook, and others may take their mentees to their workplace. Some children like museums and expositions, and others don’t. You see, everyone is different and we strive to meet the needs and wants of every child as a mentee.

Every pair is supported by a curator who answers their questions, sets goals for them, analyses their feedback, gives recommendations, and helps to solve problems that might occur between the volunteer and the family.

We often organize educational and interactive events, in which we invite both mentors and their mentees.

How it happens

Parents and guardians learn about our program on the internet, from social networks, our partnering resources and mass media. We also work with organizations for adopting parents to spread information about us there.

Then, families contact us, and we discuss their situations trying to understand them as deeply as possible. The next step is a formal application from parents or guardians. We then find a volunteer and the volunteer visits the family and gets to know the child. And after that, everything goes differently for everyone.

In another case,  a family may adopt a child who is in our program. If both the child and the family want to stay in the program, they need one of our curators who will help them to build a strong relationship.

Why it is important for a child

Everyone, especially a child, needs communication. Without it, children grow up to become reserved, untrusting and without confidence. Loneliness is toxic and the best antidote is friendship. The program for individual mentoring lets children unlock their potential, feel confident, learn the basic rules of life, adapt and fully immerse themselves into the society.

The quality of a child’s life can be dependant upon the relationships they have with other people. We know, as people of today’s society, relationships directly impact and shape a person’s individuality and outlook on the world.    

For corporate partners

Would you like to bcome friends with us?
We are glad to welcome you

Help with money

Donations will be used for payroll of psychologists, hosting events and for promotion of our program.

Do you want your child to participate in the program?

Our curator will get in touch with you within two days

I agree to processing of my personal data

In accordance with the Federal law of 27.07.2006 № 152-FZ "About personal data" to support the program of individual mentoring, I give consent to the interregional public organization "Big Brothers Big Sisters", located at Baumanskaya street 16, office a 501, to the processing of my personal data included in the following list of public information:

  1. Name, surname, patronymic.
  2. Phone number and email address.

Information about personal data is confidential.

The consent comes into force from the date of its signing and is valid for an indefinite period. Consent may be withdrawn by me at any time on the basis of my written application.

How to become volunteer

Help the children together with us. We will teach and guide you.

Help with money

Donations will be used for payroll of psychologists, hosting events and for promotion of our program.