Make a Positive Impact in the Life of a Child

The primary role of a Palmer Home mentor is to support one, or in some cases, a few children. They do this by partnering with and supporting the full-time caregivers to best serve the children in their care. A mentor can be a family, a couple, or an individual.

Relationships that Last a Lifetime

Palmer Home Mentors engage with children for the purpose of building long-term relationships that will help them grow by pursuing involvement in a child's life as a healthy influence, advocate, and resource. The ultimate goal is to provide a lifelong supportive relationship to a child in our care, even beyond his or her time at Palmer Home.

Working in Partnership to Serve the Whole Child

Mentors work in tandem with the child's houseparents and a dedicated case worker to ensure a team approach to best address the child's needs. Palmer Home will provide mentors with the support and training they need to encourage the child's emotional, educational, physical, and spiritual growth.

Mentorship FAQs

Who can be a mentor?

To be considered a Palmer Home mentor, you must be a resident of your state for a minimum of 12 months, prior to application and must be at least 25 years of age. If married, you must have been married for a minimum of two years. Additionally, you must have adequate space to accommodate the child or children to be placed in your care. Finally, you must be able to commit to mentoring the child or children for a minimum of two years.

How often will I see the child or children I mentor?

Mentors commit to spend face-to-face time with the child they mentor at least once every month. Children may visit their mentors away from campus for up to 72 hours during these monthly visits. Mentors are also encouraged to attend school functions, recitals, ball games, and award banquets.

What's the difference between a mentor and a foster parent?

Mentorship is not foster care and may not ever lead to foster care. However, the relationship built with children is meant to remain long after a child transitions from our care. This unique opportunity requires a long-term commitment to the child.

Is training and support provided?

Applicants are required to complete Whole Child Initiative Comprehensive Care training prior to being approved as a mentor. Additionally, Palmer Home requires six hours of sustaining training annually. The child's caseworker will be available for consultations and conduct in-home visits.

How to Apply

Individuals or couples interested in mentoring will start by completing an initial application and screening. Additional measures to ensure the child's safety include a thorough background check, including criminal and medical records, personal references, and may include any other verifications deemed necessary. Applicants also undergo a home study assessment completed by a Palmer Home caseworker.

Want to be a mentor?

We want you, too! Please email website@palmerhome.org with your contact information. A member of our children's services team will respond and the application process can begin!