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Frequently Asked Questions


What exactly does a “Tarleton Mentor” do?

Tarleton Mentors do whatever is needed at the time. It might be playing with children to folding laundry. Some mentors have
assisted with dinner while others entertained kids by playing video games, or participating in sports outside. A mentor is a listening ear when a child needs to vent, or even a life-saver for a care-taker (one of the house parents) when the child refuses to listen to them, but trusts the mentor enough to calm down. You might be answering the phone if the house is chaotic or watching food cook on the stove to make sure it does not burn. A mentor is an extra pair of hands that steps in and helps, whenever, wherever possible.

What is “relief”?

Relief is where a set of care-givers have time off. On a typical schedule, a set of care-givers are with the children four weeks at a time, 24/7. They have meetings they attend daily, training, picking up children from school, attending school functions, cooking meals daily for a large group and whatever else life throws their way. For an average family with school aged children, this is fine. Now multiply it five to eight times, (one for each child in their care) and things become a little overwhelming.

Relief allows the care-givers to take a break from the schedule and find time for themselves, having two weeks to rest and recover from the busy life. Their children go to “Relief Houses”, which is another set of care-givers, for two weeks. It is strongly encouraged as mentors to show up and hang out with your children at this time, showing that you are there for the children and still want to see them, even though their schedule changed.Child with her show lamb

Are these children adoptable? If not, why are they here?

Yes and no. A few, if any, of the children are adoptable. You would need to talk with the office staff or the care-takers to really understand the child’s story. Some of the children are here for their own safety, removed from abusive, neglectful situations. Others are placed here because of their behavior and a record with the law, coming out of jail or some other form of lawful containment.  

So I want to join mentors. How do I do it?

What you need to do is print off the paperwork under the “paperwork” link, fill it out and then turn it into the foster home. When you get to the foster home, turn it into whoever is at the front desk and it will be processed. Within two weeks you should be contacted with more information. If you do not hear from anyone within that time span, contact the President of Tarleton Mentors.

 I do not have a car. Can I still be a mentor?

Of course! Just make sure you put that on your application. We will try to assign you a home with another mentor who would be willing to take you to and from the home.

 What is the New Members Committee (NMC)?

The New Members Committee is a group of mentors that work behind the scenes. It is difficult for one person to keep up with all of the mentors who come in and out of the organization, so the New Members Committee assists with that. They also do most of the “grunt work” by contacting the members, checking to see if the mentors are attending their assigned homes, organizing the activities and helping out with anything and everything needed. Without the New Members Committee, Tarleton Mentors would not be as efficient as it is now and would take much longer to get things accomplished.

 Can I be on the New Members Committee, if so, how?

Sure! Just let the President know and they will get you in contact with the committee.