As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving your child the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future. 

Could your child use a big?

It all starts with the right role models – and Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. Since 1982 we’ve been matching mentors and children in relationships that have changed the lives of 100’s of young people in Allen, Hardin and Putnam counties.


You know what’s best for you child so from the start we’ll need your help providing information about your child’s strengths and needs, and ultimately approving the Big Brother or Big Sister.  But your role doesn’t end there.

Families As Partners
Parents and guardians are not just part of the process, they’re part of the success.

When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. And so we need the parents and guardians of our Littles to be involved every step of the way, starting with the interview and continuing throughout the life of the match.

You'll not only will you provide information about your child’s strengths and needs, you’ll also approve the selection of the Big Brother or Big Sister. Once the match is made, you remain closely involved in many ways, including:
  • Approving activities and outings for your child and the Big
  • Asking your child questions about those outings, and sharing what you learn with your match support specialist
  • Reporting your child’s progress and milestones to the agency on a regular basis (Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact you, but we welcome your feedback any time)
  • Participating in training on child safety offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters, and communicating with your child about the safety training he or she receives.

Safe. From the Start

Your child’s safety is extremely important to us. Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts thorough background checks on ever volunteer in our program and every relationship is closely monitored and supported by a professionally trained Match Support Specialist. 

You Will See the Impact

A recent study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister: