Resource Parent Mentor Program
 

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It’s no secret…all transformation, growth, and development happens best within a positive ongoing relationship! The Resource Parent Mentor Program, in cooperation with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, links the State’s newly approved Resource Parents with a trained Mentor for their first six months of service to bolster confidence and satisfaction as they adjust to their new roles and responsibilities.

The Resource Parent Mentor Program specializes in one-on-one, short-term, intensive coaching relationships, which provide newly approved Resource Parents emotional encouragement, skill reinforcement, and parenting strategies unique to providing out-of-home care so as to enhance the quality of care provided and stabilize initial placements.

Program Goals:

  • Retain newly approved Resource Parents by providing short-term and intensive coaching, training, support, encouragement, and skill reinforcement.
  • Equip newly approved Resource Parents with a wide variety of parenting strategies unique to providing out-of-home care.
  • Prevent, when possible, any unnecessary disruptions and transitions due to stress and discouragement.
  • Assist newly approved Resource Parents in applying skills that make their experience both satisfying and successful..

Our Method: The Resource Parent Mentor Program will…

  • Match newly approved Resource Parents with veteran Resource Parents in a one-on-one coaching relationship for their first six months service
  • Through mentors provide information about resources unique to the area
  • Through mentors provide assistance in practicing skills learned during the initial training experience
  • Through mentors provide information about how to work within the child welfare system
  • Require mentors to sign a pledge of confidentiality
  • Require mentors to make weekly contact
  • Require mentors to be available by phone for any "as needed" support
  • Encourage mentees to be willing and active learners.

The Resource Parent Mentor Program Director will...

  • Train mentors through initial orientation and quarterly workshops
  • Match new resource families with resource parent mentors based on location, cultural or ethnic issues, interest in similar types of children in care, and other pertinent factors
  • Ensure monthly accountability of mentors
  • Evaluate program effectiveness

To Be A Mentor
Parents interested in serving as a mentor should contact contact one of the Program Directors below and meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be recommended by regional Recruitment and Certification staff
  • Have had no disciplinary action within the last year
  • Possess a minimum of one year of experience as a foster/adoptive parent with the Department for Community Based Services

To Have A Mentor
If you are currently approved by the Department for Community Based Services to serve as a Resource Parent, you are eligible to receive mentoring support services. Please contact the Director of Mentoring to express your interest.

Contact Program Directors:

Jeff Damron
1 Quality Street, Suite 700
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859.257.9837
Toll Free: 866.257.9837
Fax: 859.257.3918
Email Jeff Damron

Tamikia Dumas, MS, LSW
1 Quality Street, Suite 700
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
Telephone: (859) 257-8339
Toll Free: (877) 440-6376
Fax: (859) 257-3918
Email Tamikia Dumas

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Associated Links

 

Resource Parent Mentor/Mentee Quality Assurance Questionnaire

Resource Parent Mentor Monthly Contact Summary

Preparation for Mentoring Success

Mentee Final Assessment

Mentor Profile

Travel & Telephone Expense Reimbursement Form

Mentee Learning Goal Sheet