Get Informed

Get Informed

Thank you for giving of your time to love local vulnerable children. Together we can change the trajectory of these children’s lives!

In order to create an environment of love and safety for the children at our Hands of Hope events please abide by the following guidelines:

General Guidelines:
  • Most kids in foster care have experienced a history of abuse –either verbal, emotional, sexual or physical. And all kids in foster care experience neglect. Therefore, be prepared that some of the children may require a little more love and patience.
  • During a Hands of Hope event, you will be paired with one to three children for the event. Please ask your kid(s) questions about friends, school, struggles, hobbies etc. The goal is for your child to open up to you and feel comfortable sharing with you. The most impactful thing for the child will not be the event but rather the love and attention you give them.
  • When a child needs to use the restroom, escort them to the bathroom and wait OUTSIDE until the child is finished. Chaperones should NEVER walk into a stall with a child.
  • Chaperones should not be in situations where they are 1:1 alone with a child. This should not be difficult as almost all Hands of Hope events are in public locations. In the event that a child becomes upset and needs to be pulled aside, make sure you stay in a public area to calm the child.
  • Avoid any inappropriate contact with children remembering that many of these children come from a history of abuse so error on the side of caution.
  • Many of these children have complex family situations. It is extremely important that you do not take pictures or post name/pictures of any children who do not have a photo release. In general, it is best if you do not post pictures to social media or anywhere publicly unless you have been told it is okay. Hands of Hope photographers will know which children have photo releases.
  • Have fun! Laughter diverts anger and tense situations.
  • At the end of each event make a point to say goodbye to each child and, after the event, please write them a handwritten note in the envelope provided to you.
  • After the event, if there is any situation that you feel is important for Hands of Hope to become aware of – please let the HOH Chaperone Coordinator know. This may include information the child shared with you or your desire to be paired with the same child again at future events.

Caring for Children from Hard Places
Please watch this brief video from Karyn Purvis which reminds us to view children from hard places with the eyes of compassion, remembering that they have difficult stories. Click here.