The majority of children waiting to be matched with mentors through the Kinship Partners program live in single-parent households. While these parents are doing their best to support and care for their children, the absence of a second parent is often felt.
It is especially evident when a young girl who lives with her mom becomes enrolled in Kinship. Many of these girls really miss having a dad in their lives — someone to introduce them to pastimes that perhaps mom isn’t interested in or helping them to establish healthy boundaries.
This is why Kinship not only accepts individuals to mentor, but welcomes couples to mentor, as well.
Two girls from Pequot Lakes are returning to the waiting list and would really benefit from having a father figure in their lives.
Chelsey is a fourth-grader and eager to explore the outdoors. She can climb a tree in a flash and wants to fish, hunt and ride horses or four-wheelers. At this time dad works out of state and is seldom home.
Ellen, a sixth-grader, is from a larger family and has no contact with her dad. She likes to play games, fish and hopes to become involved on a school sports team.
Receiving special attention from an involved, positive male role model would be filling a void. It would also give them protective insights as they start to navigate teen years ahead.
I would like to encourage couples in the Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus communities to think about mentoring a child in need together. Listening to a child’s insights and perspectives on life gives us another way of looking at our own lives. It also allows the couple to spend time together for the betterment of a child.
Kinship Partners serves families in Crow Wing and southern Cass counties and the Staples/Motley area by providing positive role models to youth ages 5-14. We have offices in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Crosby and Staples.
For more information about Chelsey, Ellen or any of the kids on our waiting list, call 218-454-8016 or 877-730-5437. Visit our website at www.kinshippartners.org.