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Paramus Human Services Organization Seeking Mentors For Teens

Boys living in one of Children’s Aid and Family Services’ therapeutic group homes celebrate Halloween.
Boys living in one of Children’s Aid and Family Services’ therapeutic group homes celebrate Halloween. Photo Credit: CAFS

PARAMUS, N.J. -- Children’s Aid and Family Services in Paramus has an urgent need for volunteer mentors for children ages 12–19 in its foster care.

The mentoring program matches children and teenagers with trained adult mentors. It is a two-year commitment, and the mentor serves an important role in the child’s life. Most of these children have suffered abuse and abandonment, and need a positive adult role model and supportive friend they can trust.

Research demonstrates that the presence of a stable and positive role model in the life of a child is an essential element for positive and successful youth development. The 2013 study, “The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles,” found that mentored youth have better school attendance; a better chance of going on to higher education; and better attitudes toward school.

Training is available beginning Monday, Jan. 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. through Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at Children’s Aid and Family Services, located at 22-08 Route 208 in Fair Lawn.

For more information call 201-261-2800 or visit www.cafsnj.org .

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