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Families as partners

BBBSCI partners with you in helping your child reach his or her full potential. Research shows that children need three or more adults (outside of their parents) to help them build character and make good choices. A Big can be one of those adults - another caring person in your child's life who offers nurturing friendship and support.

When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. So it should come as no surprise that we need the parents and guardians of Littles to be involved every step of the way, starting with the initial match.
Not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, but you’ll also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the match is made, you remain closely involved in many ways, including:

  • Approving activities and outings for your child and their Big
  • Asking your child questions about those outings, and sharing what you learn with the agency staff
  • Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency on a regular basis (Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you, but we welcome your feedback any time)
  • Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, and communicating with your child about the training he or she receives.

Minimum Child Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be enrolled between the ages of 8 - 14
  • Must live in Marion, Hamilton or Johnson County
  • Youth and caregiver must be willing to make a one-year commitment

For a complete list of eligibility requirements, please click here.

If the child you wish to enroll meets all of the above eligibility criteria then please proceed and enroll them now

For more information regarding our eligibility criteria please contact Camille Brugh, Director, Strategic Collaboration & Program Outcomes, at 317.472.3707 or cbrugh@bbbsci.org.