Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child? Foster youth and youth who have transitioned out of foster care need caring, committed adults to be positive role models.

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Mentoring provides a valuable experience for any child, but for children in care, it can be especially beneficial and is key to achieving normalcy. Studies show that mentoring has positive impacts on mental health, educational functioning and attainment, peer relationships, placement outcomes, and life satisfaction.

While the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services does not pair volunteer mentors with youth, there are organizations throughout the state that do. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, click on the city to find an organization near you and contact them directly. These organizations work specifically with current or former foster youth. If you have questions, please contact volunteer@dfps.state.tx.us.

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