Michael just turned 7 years old and has been on the waiting list at Kinship Partners for more than a year. He has struggled through his parents divorce and has been watching his younger sister, Becky, go with her Kinship Partner all of this time. He wonders why no one will "pick" him to be a partner. He starts first-grade this year and is looking forward to school. Michael loves to play hockey and ride bike, and loves to go swimming. He is willing to try anything new. He has been going to speech classes for three years and will go mainstream school this year. He listens well, has many friends and gets along well with his sister. Michael has a good relationship with his mother who works as well as goes to school. He is not a "problem" child, just a little boy who misses having his dad around to do things with, someone he can talk to or maybe go fishing or walking in the woods with. At first he is shy until he gets to know someone, then he is talkative and very friendly. How long does he need to wait for a partner? We realize how busy life can be, especially in the summer; please search your heart perhaps you are the person to be Michael's partner. Don't think you "can't do that" because you don't know how. We at Kinship Partners help you and guide you. We are here to answer any questions or fears you may have. We provide different activities for partners to participate in such as fishing and picnics, many different things. So many of our partnerships are lifelong and the influence one person had on a child's life is beyond any words. You can be that person. Volunteer to be Michael's partner so he can stop waiting, and so he realizes the world has many kind and caring people and someone "picks" him to have as a partner. Contact the Kinship Partners office nearest you for information on how to become a mentor for Michael, or perhaps another child on our waiting list.
In Brainerd call 829-4606, in Pequot Lakes 568-4015 and in Crosby 546-7308. Web site is www.brainerd.com/kinship.
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