How can I get a child a Mentor?
It’s easy to get involved! If you would like to enroll a child, please follow the steps below:
Please note: Enrollment is now open.
Enrollment will be open from Monday March 27 to Wednesday March 29, 2017. The prescreening questionnaire can be found HERE.
1. Parent/legal guardian fill out the online prescreening questionnaire.
Those who do not have access to the internet can contact the Enrollment Coordinator by phone (613-247-4776 x 322) Please note this line will direct you to leave a voicemail, make sure to leave a voicemail. The Enrollment Coordinator will return your call within 3-4 weeks.
The purpose of the initial prescreening questionnaire or phone call is to discuss the motivations for having a Big Brother/Sister and assess suitability for the program. If the eligibility criteria is met, the parent/guardian and child will be invited to attend a Parent Information Session. Please note that there is a 4-8 month waiting period before attending the next Parent Information Session/Child Safety Session. This session will be held in a large group where parents/legal guardians will learn about Big Brothers Big Sisters and the commitment involved for all parties. Included is a mandatory Child Safety Training for all involved in BBBSO programs.
2. Parent/legal guardian and child attend the mandatory session. Applications forms are available after the completion of the session. Please note that we do not offer child care during these sessions therefore please ensure that other children are in care.
3. Parent/legal guardian and participating child complete a family interview. Please note that this step cannot take place until the completed application has been received by the agency.
The family interview is divided into two sections. The Enrollment Coordinator will meet with the parent(s)/guardian(s) individually and then with the child.
4. Once all previous steps are completed, the file is reviewed and a decision is made by the agency to accept/not accept the child into the community based program of interest.
Should the child not be accepted into a BBBSO program, the parent/legal guardian will be notified of the decision and will be provided with other appropriate community resources that could be of support to the family.
Children accepted into the Big Brother and Big Sister/Buddy up programs are placed on our waitlist. As many factors go into finding a Big Brother/Big Sister, we cannot estimate how long a child will wait to be matched.