Project SPAN (the Supportive Parent Aide Network) is a unique community program that matches trained volunteers to be mentors, role models, “big brothers/big sisters” or parent aides. Families referred for services by DYFS (Division of Youth and Family Services) have been identifi ed as abusive and/or neglectful.
Volunteers provide friendship, encouragement information, practical guidance, and emotional support for approximately 4 to 6 hours per week. Under professional supervision great care is given to making a good match. Volunteers are prepared for this experience through specialized training which covers topics such as the dynamics of abusive families, indicators of child abuse and neglect, communication skills, sensitivity to multiculturalism, community resources, child development, crisis intervention, etc.
The fifteen hour training course, required for all SPAN volunteers, takes place in January, May and September. Ongoing supervision is provided to all trained volunteers.
NOTE: College students may be eligible to receive fieldwork credit for participating in this program.
You Are Needed!
For more information or to volunteer, contact Project SPAN at 732.906.2553