What is a Parent Mentor?
Our Parent Mentors have firsthand experience navigating the legal and logistical challenges of the Child Welfare and Child Protection systems and although we serve all families, our emphasis is on black, brown, and indigenous families who face a disproportionate number of separations and typically wait longer for reunification. Our Parent Mentors are able to empathize and support other parents with the goal of reuniting them with their children.
Our Parent Recovery Mentors receive extensive training to be certified in the Peer-to-Peer Recovery Coaching Program which is designed for families in the Child Welfare System due to Substance Use Disorder (SUD). We help parents overcome barriers that might make the process required to reunite with their children even more daunting by providing guidance and support. Having a Parent Mentor brings hope that recovery is possible and that children do come home.
"Sometimes, the best support comes from someone else who has been there."
~ Larene Randle-Wade
CEO of Minnesota One-Stop for Communities
Why Have Parent Mentors?
Minnesota State Representative Jamie Becker-Finn
“Our state’s child welfare system has disproportionately impacted — and often harmed — BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and people of color] families by separating children from their parents. Given this history, it is incredibly important that parents and families are supported as they navigate the process. Utilizing parent mentors is an effective way to do that.”
The Imprint Youth & Family News, Filed 2/10/2021, Colleen Connolly https://imprintnews.org/child-welfare-2/minnesota-expanded-support-parent-reunification-mentors/51731