Foster to Foster: A Match in Eau Claire Exemplifies the Impact of Mentorship
Big Brothers Big Sisters strives to fulfill its mission of providing children and young people facing adversity with one-to-one mentoring so as to profoundly impact their lives for the better. In Eau Claire, Wis., Kris Newman has played that role in Meghan’s life for the past two years after being matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin.
Big Sister, Kris knows a lot about Meghan’s challenges, because like Meghan, Kris was a foster kid. Meghan has been in and out of various homes most of her life.
Coming from a similar background, and recognizing the need for mentorship and encouragement in certain children’s lives, Kris genuinely enjoys the time she spends with Meghan, trying to offer encouragement and direction to provide a positive influence in her life. Kris represents a constant and stable figure in Meghan’s life that has been lacking. The fact that Kris knows life as a foster child brings deep understanding and impact to this match. This story is also a testament to why Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to thoughtful, high quality, professionally guided pairing of Bigs and Littles.
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