She came with her mom to the interview to be enrolled in Kinship Partners.
She is only 7 but seems to be wise for her age. Her eyes sparkle when I tell her what Kinship Partners is all about. I tell her that if I can find a partner for her they would spend time together each week doing activities they both enjoy. When I ask her to fill out a form where she is to circle the activities she would like to do, she circles almost every activity.
My first thought is that this little girl really needs a partner. My second thought is I hope she doesn't have to wait too long.
Being a Kinship Partner only takes a couple hours a week of your time. You don't need to plan elaborate outings with your junior partner; having them join you in your everyday activities is all that is needed. Maybe you have a special talent or hobby you would like to share with a child, such as horseback riding or photography.
We have adult partners from every family situation -- married, single, couples with children, couples without children, couples whose children are grown, retired people and even people who spend their winters in warmer areas.
We have a wonderful group of volunteers who serve as positive role models for children in our area. Unfortunately, our waiting list is once again approaching 50 children and we are in need of more volunteers.
The little girl written about in this article is only one of the children in our program waiting for a partner. Call us today if you are interested in learning more about her or our program. In Brainerd call (218) 829-4606, in Cuyuna Country call (218) 546-7308, and in the lake country call (218) 568-4015.
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