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Eligibility

Big Brothers Big Sisters works closely with parents/guardians to find the best Big for your child. Before your child is matched, our Enrollment & Match Support Specialist will meet with you and your child to learn about your child’s needs, interest, personality and preferences. As the person who knows your child best, we value your input. No match is made without the approval from the parent/guardian and child.

Child Safety

The safety and well-being of the children we serve is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To help ensure child safety, Big Brothers Big Sisters requires the following steps to be taken:

Each volunteer must complete a thorough screening process that includes:

  • Completion of a formal written application
  • Criminal history record check and a driver’s license record check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Personal references
  • In-person interview
  • Home assessment

In addition, throughout the life of the match professional staff will be in ongoing communication with you, your child and your child’s Big.

Eligibility - Community Based Families

  • School age children up to 12 years old.
  • The child must be a resident of, or attend school in Midland, Bay, Saginaw or Isabella Counties.
  • The child must be from a family situation that lacks the involved and supportive participation of one or both parents – or be referred to the agency due to special circumstances creating a need for our services. Examples of special circumstance may include but are not limited to the following: children in foster care, or being raised by aged grandparents, incapacitated parent(s), or children in institutions.
  • Legal custody issues must have been clearly determined at time of enrollment.
  • Children who have participated in the site-based Teaming Up with YOUth program are eligible for the community-based program regardless of their family situation.
  • The child must want to participate in the program.
  • The parents/legal guardians must be capable of cooperating and supporting the development of the one-to-one relationship with a volunteer.
  • The child must demonstrate a need for service and must be appropriate for volunteer intervention in one or more of the following areas:
    • » The child demonstrates behavioral or emotional problems.
    • » The child has chronic school problems or is an underachiever.
    • » The child has been traumatized by a significant event.
    • » The child has problems with peer relationships.
    • » The child has poor self-concept.
    • » The child is socially, culturally, or economically challenged.
    • » The child lacks adequate support and attention of a stable adult.
    • » The child has been abused or neglected.
    • » The child has an older sibling who has had significant problems with social and/or community adjustment.
    • » The child has a sibling currently in the program or referred and eligible for the program.
  • The child must be capable of establishing a relationship with a volunteer.
  • The needs of the child must be appropriate for volunteer intervention.

Eligibility - Site Based Children

  • Children must be in grades one through five.
  • The child must be a resident of, or attend school in Midland, Bay, Saginaw or Isabella Counties.
  • The child must want to participate in the program.
  • The child must demonstrate a need for service and must be appropriate for volunteer intervention in one or more of the following areas:
    • » The child has chronic school problems or is an under achiever.
    • » The child has problems with peer relationships.
    • » The child has a poor self-concept.
    • » The child has a sibling currently in the program or referred and eligible for the program.
    • » The child has an asset not currently served by the school system.
    • » The child is socially, culturally, or economically challenged.
  • The child must be capable of establishing a relationship with a volunteer.
  • The needs of the child must be appropriate for volunteer intervention.
  • The parents must be willing to follow program ground rules.
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