Resources for Parents / Guardians

You know what’s best for your child. So we’ll need your help from the start, providing information about your child’s strengths and needs, and ultimately approving the Big Brother or Big Sister match. But your role doesn’t end there.

DECIDING TO ENROLL A CHILD

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.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

Comcast Internet Essentials Program

Fast, affordable internet service $9.95 a month (+ tax). If your child receives free or reduced price school lunches, you may qualify. Internet Essentials


VA Department of Social Services

The Virginia Department of Social Services has implemented an online application system – CommonHelp. You may apply for Childcare, SNAP (Food Assistance), TANF (Cash Assistance), Medical Assistance and Energy Assistance online. Additionally, you may check benefits, report changes or renew online. This system is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. For more information go to www.Commonhelp.virginia.gov or contact the Caroline County Department of Social Services at (804) 633-5071. If you need help completing the form or require any other assistance call your local office or the above Richmond number.

OTHER POTENTIAL PROGRAMS

Family Services of Fredericksburg

Family Services Fredericksburg is now able to offer the following psychological testing and assessment services:


Cognitive Assessments

Children and adults Learning disabilities ADHD IQ/Ability Testing


Personality Assessment

Children and adults Emotional issues (depression, anxiety, etc.) Interpersonal patterns

Testing and assessment leads to more accurate diagnoses, improved treatment planning, and parent-school collaborations. Many insurances accepted, sliding scale available for those unable to use insurance. Contact Dr. Michael Horne at 540/371-1124 with any questions or to schedule an appointment