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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Coast
428 C Street,  Suite G
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: 707-445-4871
Fax: 707-445-1405

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Parent FAQs
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Here are some common questions about enrolling a child with BBBSNC. Our staff is always happy to answer any other questions you may have. Please visit the Staff page for contact information.

 How does Big Brothers Big Sisters differ from other community programs for children?
BBBSNC provides professionally supported, one-to-one relationships between volunteer mentors and children who are facing challenges. Every Little’s hopes and needs are regularly evaluated to be sure that the child is benefitting from having a Big Brother/Sister. While many community programs provide activities for local children, there is no substitute for individual attention and the special bond that is created between a child and a caring adult role model.

 How can having a Big Brother/Sister benefit my child?
Many families notice immediate, and long-term improvements in their child’s behavior, and performance at school.  One private study of the Big Brothers Big Sisters model concluded that children who are matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister for at least 18 months:
-Are more confident
-Are more likely to avoid alcohol and illegal drugs
-Do better in school
-Have better relationships with parents and other adults

 What is the process for matching my child with a Big?
The first step for a child to become a Little Brother/Sister is for the parent/guardian to call the office at 445-4871 and request an application. If the child meets basic eligibility requirements, then BBBSNC staff will interview the child and parent/guardian. Once enrolled, the child will be placed on a waiting list until there is a Big Brother/Sister who is an appropriate match for the child. Once matched, the Big and Little will spend about 8-10 hours together each month.

 Is there a cost for enrolling my child in BBBSNC?
There is no cost to families for matching their child with a Big Brother/Sister. BBBSNC is funded by local fundraising events and donations from individuals and businesses.

 Who are the Big Brothers/Sisters?
Big Brothers and Big Sisters are carefully screened volunteers who are committed to giving their time and energy to help a local child. They are fun-loving, patient, and non-judgmental individuals who are matched with children based on similar interests and location. All Bigs have been interviewed and have passed reference checks and a criminal background check. Child safety is always BBBSNC’s top priority.

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