BBBS of Southern Maine YOUTH APPLICATION & PARENT/GUARDIAN PERMISSION FORM

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Commitment + Communication Policy
Community-Based Program Requirements:
  • We ask for a 1-year commitment from the time your child/youth is matched.
  • Your child/youth and their Big will meet weekly or biweekly, depending on volunteer’s and family’s schedules. 
Site-Based Program Requirements:
  • We ask for a 3-semester commitment from the time your child/youth is matched. 
  • Your child/youth and their Big will meet weekly at school, in an after-school program or virtually. 
Our standards require that each volunteer, child, and parent must complete regular, scheduled support contacts. For the first year of the match, contacts will follow a monthly cycle, moving to every three months after the one-year anniversary of the match. The contact may take place by phone, email, text or in person. The contact with your child may take place at school or by phone. 
Non-Discrimination Policy
Our participants come to us with a wide range of personal characteristics. We believe that participant eligibility shall be determined without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or disability. 
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If someone other than the child/youth's parent/guardian or custodial adult is completing this application, please be aware that signatures should only be completed by the legal parent/guardian. Parent/guardian involvement will also be required for the remaining steps of the enrollment process. 

The PAF helps us gain valuable insight into the needs of the child and is used in two ways. First, we use your information in the acceptance process to ensure that this is an appropriate program for the child and their needs at this time. We are not a therapeutic or intervention model and we cannot be considered part of a clinical discharge plan or crisis plan. Second, we use the information you provide throughout the matching process to identify the best volunteer (Big) for the child, their needs, and their goals. Please provide as much information as you can about your client.  


BBBSSM is committed to providing youth, 7-17 with strong and enduring, professionally supported relationships that can change their lives for the better, forever.   We provide 1-to-1 mentors for children in Cumberland and York counties. Our focus is to help young people discover, ignite, and empower their potential.  


Bigs must be at least 18 years old to apply to our program. They are thoroughly screened and vetted: we ask that they apply, provide three references, a comprehensive layered background check is completed, an interview is conducted and lastly, they are trained by our professional staff. However, they are not trained professionals; most do not have the skills or experiences to work with youth who require higher levels of support. Our services are not intended for youth who are in crisis or who are currently experiencing significant behavioral concerns 

We encourage you to ask questions if you are not sure if this program is the best fit for your client and thank you for your timely completion of this form.  

Youth Information
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This is the year the youth will graduate.
Guardian Information
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Family Information

Physical Address
Emergency Contact
If we are unable to reach you, who should we contact in order to get ahold of you during an emergency?

Additional Questions

Other Siblings and Relatives in the Program
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Provider Assessment Release of Information
Counselor/Therapist/Case Manager Contact Information
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine is a prevention program, where your child will be matched with a non-professional volunteer mentor, who will take them into the community. The safety of your child is our number one priority. If your child is receiving counseling, therapy, or case management we may need to contact the providers listed on this application to obtain a Provider Assessment Form and determine if our program is an appropriate fit. By signing below, you are authorizing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine to speak with your child's providers regarding, but not limited to, the reason for services, their diagnosis, goals they are working on, and their level of safety awareness in the community. This release will remain in effect throughout the duration of your child's participation in our program and will expire upon closure.

By typing my name below, I, the parent/guardian, hereby authorize the release of confidential information pertaining to the child for which this application is being completed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine.





We will make every effort to honor your preferences for your child's mentor. BBBS does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, gender presentation, marital status, sexual orientation, or religion.
The following questions are asked for purposes of helping us apply for funding. We are a non-profit organization that raises every dollar needed to support youth in our community. The responses are entered into a database, then reported to funders anonymously. 




Activity Interest Form

This form helps us get to know you better and provides us with valuable information we can use to make the best match for you. Please check the box next to each activity you like.

Parent/Guardian Agreement

By checking the box below and providing my signature at the end of this form, I give permission:
  1. For my child to participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program;
  2. For the volunteer matched with my child, who has been screened and approved by Big Brothers Big Sisters, to personally interact with and transport my child to events and match activities, if applicable and allowed by program type;
  3. For the school to provide social and academic information about my child to Big Brothers Big Sisters (e.g. report cards, behavior reports);
  4. To have my child participate in an intake interview conducted by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and complete questionnaires throughout their time in the program containing questions about school, home life, the match, and personal interests to evaluate and improve program services;
  5. To have my child talk with a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff person about personal safety;
  6. For BBBS staff to provide contact information for me and my child to the volunteer.
I understand that the program is not obligated to match my child with a volunteer and that as part of the enrollment process, I will be asked to provide additional information through an in-person interview. I understand that the information I provide in the enrollment process will be kept confidential, unless disclosure is required by law. I understand that incidents of child abuse or neglect, past or present, will be reported to proper authorities. I understand that certain relevant information about my child will be discussed with the volunteer who is a prospective match (i.e. demographic information, information relevant to volunteer preferences, and information relevant to child-safety and well-being). I certify that all of the information on this form is true and correct and that all income is reported. I understand this information is being given for the receipt of federal funds, that the information on this application may be verified, and that deliberate misrepresentation of the information may subject me to prosecution under applicable state and federal laws. I understand this information will not affect my qualification for the program. I, on behalf of myself and my child, completely release and forever discharge Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine and its employees, agents, members, volunteers and all other persons on its behalf, together with any successors in interest, heirs, attorneys, agents, representatives, and all persons acting by, through, under, or in concert with them from all known and unknown charges, complaints, claims, grievances, liabilities, obligations, promises, controversies, damages, actions, causes of action, suits, rights, demands, costs, losses, debts, penalties, fees, wages, attorneys’ fees and costs, and punitive damages of any kind or nature whatsoever, whether known or unknown, which I may have, or may have had, against Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, arising from any participation in said program and activities, including but not limited to any liability to any right of action that may occur to such child directly, or to me as their guardian. I intend and understand that this release and discharge is to be interpreted and enforced so as to provide the broadest release and discharge possible as may be permitted by law. I understand that this information may be shared with the school or with partnership agencies when applicable. If my child is matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister I agree to support my child’s match by reviewing the program and safety information given to me by Big Brothers Big Sisters, communicating with Big Brothers Big Sisters staff as outlined in expectations (which includes communication at least once a month in the first year of the match), and immediately reporting any concerns I might have to Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.

Photo Consent and Release Form

I,
,legal parent or guardian of
("Minor Child"), irrevocably consent:
For myself and Minor Child to any and all uses and displays of my or Minor Child’s name, image, likeness, appearance, basic biographical information, audio/video recordings, writings, artwork, and the like, in original form or in modified form, in whole or in part, in, on, or in connection with merchandise, advertising, publicity, marketing, fundraising, and the like, in printed or electronic media, of any type, throughout the world at any time by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine in their sole discretion, and by any of their affiliates, successors, partners, sponsors, donors, any entities or persons with whom they conduct any public relations, marketing, or fund raising of any type, and any other authorized third parties, without further consent from me or Minor Child, without any royalty, payment, or other compensation to me or Minor Child, and with the release and waiver of any claims, actions, damages, losses, costs, expenses and liability of any kind arising from any such use (the “Released Material”). In consideration of the mutual promises made herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which I hereby acknowledge, I hereby grant to BBBSA and its affiliates the right to use the Released Material as BBBSA and/or its affiliates may desire, in all media now existing or hereafter created and in all variations and forms including, but not limited to, internal or external publications or productions, informational or recruitment materials, marketing materials, fundraising materials, televised photography and/or recordings, advertisements, Public Service Announcements, and/or online and social media sites. The use of this information shall be at the sole discretion of BBBSA and/or its affiliates. I further grant to BBBSA and its affiliates the absolute right to use the Released Material in whole or in part, alone or in conjunction with any other image, name, writings or reproduction, in color or otherwise, for art, advertising, business, trade, or any other lawful purpose whatsoever, in perpetuity throughout the world. I understand and agree that all materials created by BBBSA and/or its affiliates that use the Released Materials are the property of and are owned by BBBSA, and that I cannot authorize their use by any other party. I further understand that BBBSA may authorize their use by a third party. I hereby irrevocably transfer and assign to BBBSA my entire right, title and interest, if any, in and to the Released Materials and all copyrights in the Released Materials arising in any jurisdiction throughout the world, including the right to register and sue to enforce such copyrights against infringers. I acknowledge and agree that I have no right to review or approve the Released Materials before they are used by BBBSA and/or its affiliates, and that BBBSA has no liability to me or Minor Child for any editing or alteration of the Released Materials or for any distortion or other effects resulting from BBBSA’s and/or its affiliates’ editing, alteration or use of the Released Materials. BBBSA has no obligation to use the Released Materials or to exercise any rights given by this Consent and Release Form. I hereby release BBBSA and its affiliates, employees, and agents, as well as any partner companies, from all claims, demands or liabilities and related financial costs that I or Minor Child may now or hereafter have arising in connection with BBBSA’s exercise of the rights hereby granted, and/or with the appearance or the Released Materials in any publication or production. These include, without limitation, claims for compensation, defamation, or invasion of privacy, or other infringements or violations of personal or property rights of any sort whatsoever. 

 

YOUTH OUTCOMES AND CHILD OUTCOMES SURVEY PERMISSION

The Youth Outcomes Survey (YOS; 11 and older) and Child Outcome Survey (COS; 10 and younger) is intended to help Big Brothers Big Sisters evaluate our various mentor programs. The questions in this survey will ask your child about how things are for them at school and at home. It will only take about 10 minutes. Your child will be asked to take this survey prior to being matched, and again at the end of each year of their match or the end of each school year, for as long as they are matched in the program. 

Emergency Medical Information

PHOTO CONSENT AND RELEASE FORM                                                        Parent/Guardian & Minor Child


I, the legal parent or guardian of "Minor Child" for whom this application is being completed, consent for myself and Minor Child to any and all uses and displays of my or Minor Child's name, image, likeness, appearance, basic biographical information (anonymously), audio/video recordings, writings, artwork, and the like, in original form or in modified form, in whole or in part, in, on, or in connection with merchandise, advertising, publicity, marketing, fundraising, and the like, in printed or electronic media, of any type, throughout the world at any time by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine in their sole discretion, and by any of their affiliates, successors, partners, sponsors, donors, any entities or persons with whom they conduct any public relations, marketing, or fund raising of any type, and any other authorized third parties, without further consent from me or Minor Child, without any royalty, payment, or other compensation to me or Minor Child, and with the release and waiver of any claims, actions, damages, losses, costs, expenses and liability of any kind arising from any such use (the "Released Material").


In consideration of the mutual promises made herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which I hereby acknowledge, I hereby grant to BBBSA and its affiliates the right to use the Released Material as BBBSA and/or its affiliates may desire, in all media now existing or hereafter created and in all variations and forms including, but not limited to, internal or external publications or productions, informational or recruitment materials, marketing materials, fundraising materials, televised photography and/or recording, advertisements, Public Service Announcements, and/or online and social media sites. The use of this information shall be at the sole discretion of BBBSA and/or its affiliates.


I further grant to BBBSA and its affiliates the absolute right to use the Released Materia in whole or in part, alone or in conjunction with any other image, name, writings or reproduction, in color or otherwise, for art, advertising, business, trade, or any other lawful purpose whatsoever, in perpetuity throughout the world.


I understand and agree that all materials created by BBBSA and/or its affiliates that use the Released Materials are the property of and are owned by BBBSA, and that I cannot authorize their use by any other party. I further understand that BBBSA may authorize their use by a third party. I hereby irrevocably transfer and assign to BBBSA my entire right, title and interest, if any, in and to the Released Materials and all copyrights in the Released Materials arising in any jurisdiction throughout the world, including the right to register and sue to enforce such copyrights against infringers.


I acknowledge and agree that I have no right to review or approve the Released Materials before they are used by BBBSA and/or its affiliates, and that BBBSA has no liability to me or Minor Child for any editing or alteration of the Released Materials or for any distortion or other effects resulting from BBBSA's and/or its affiliates' editing, alteration or use of the Released Materials. BBBSA has no obligation to use the Released Materials or to exercise any rights give by this Consent and Release Form.


I hereby release BBBSA and its affiliates, employees, and agents, as well as any partner companies, from all claims, demands or liabilities and related financial costs that I or Minor Child may now or hereafter have arising in connection with BBBSA's exercise of the rights hereby granted, and/or with the appearance or the Released Materials in any publication or production. These include, without limitation, claims for compensation, defamation, or invasion of privacy, or other infringements or violations of personal or property rights of any sort whatsoever.



Youth Safety Guidelines and Grounds Rules for Parents/Guardians

Guidelines for Youth (LITTLES)

  1. I will spend time with my Big weekly or bi-weekly for at least one year.
  2. I will be dressed, ready, and on time for our scheduled outings.
  3. I will call my Big since Bigs like to get phone calls, too. I will not call my Big too often or at work unless it's OK, and I will call as soon as possible if plans have to be changed.
  4. I will tell my Big when I like something and when I don't. I will also help to decide what we will do together.
  5. I realize that my Big is my friend because they want to spend time with me. I know that other people are not usually included on our outings.
  6. I understand that my Big is not required to spend money on me. My Big offered me one of the biggest gifts possible-the gift of friendship.
  7. I will be a friend to my Big, use good manners, and treat my Big with the same respect I get from them.
  8. I will share the responsibility of letting my parent/guardian know where we are going and when we will be home.
  9. I will speak up when something is important to me and not expect my Big to guess what I'm thinking.
  10. I know my parent/guardian has agreed to not limit my time with my Big as a punishment. I will not take advantage of this agreement by misbehaving on purpose.
  11. I will not communicate with my Big through social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, for the first year of my match. I will not post pictures of my Big on my profiles.
  12. I will be in contact with my Program Manager every month, telling them what I like and what I don't like, so they can help if there are any problems. I will call them back when they have contacted me.
Guidelines for Parents/Guardians
  1. I will give this special friendship time to grow and remember that this friendship is for the volunteer and my child and does not include others. I will be appreciative of the volunteer's time and efforts.
  2. I will not ask more of the Big than they are already giving, their friendship to my child. For example, babysitting other children, running errands for my family, providing transportation for non-match activities, or fixing things around the house.
  3. I will encourage my child to be considerate of the Big and their time by being dressed and ready on time for outings, and to be fed before outings unless previous arrangements have been made.
  4. I will call the Big if plans need to be changed.
  5. I will expect the Big and my child to be clear with me at all times as to what activity they will be doing, where and when they will do it, and what time they will return. I will be home when my child returns from an outing, or let the Big know of an alternative plan.
  6. I will never use the friendship or outings with the Big as a means of disciplining my child. If problems do arise concerning this, I will contact my Program Manager.
  7. I will be in contact with my Program Manager every month to check-in about the match, express any concerns I may have, and notify the agency of any major changes in our household or family (change of phone number, moving, etc.).
  8. I will be in contact with my Program Manager when they reach out to me for communication.
Guidelines for BBBS Program Manager
  1. I will have regular contact (phone/email) with the child/youth, the volunteer, and the parent/guardian to discuss how the match is going and address any concerns.
  2. I will respect the time, energy, and care that all parties are giving to make this friendship possible.
  3. I will encourage the child/youth, volunteer, and parent/guardian to be honest with each other in sharing both positive and negative feelings.
  4. As with any friendship, I know that there will be good and difficult times. I will support the match during all its ups and downs.
  5. If problems cannot be resolved or if any party involved is no longer able or willing to fulfill their commitment, I will close the match. The agency will always do what is in the best interest of the child/youth.
Guidelines for Volunteers (BIGS)
  1. I will meet with my Little weekly or bi-weekly for at least one year. I am always responsible for calling the parent/guardian to set up outings. I will not stop my regular contacts with my Little without explaining the circumstances to all parties. 
  2. I will be on time and will call my Little and the parent/guardian if plans need to be changed. 
  3. I will not make promises which I cannot keep.
  4. I will not break any law while with my Little.
  5. I will not use my cell phone while operating my motor vehicle with my Little in the car. Maine State Law prohibits use of handheld devices while driving. BBBSSM prohibits any use of a cell phone while driving with your Little in the vehicle.
  6. I will immediately report any child abuse or neglect to the BBBSSM staff. In the event that the BBBSSM office is closed and I believe my Little is in immediate danger, I will call the local police.
  7. I will support my Little's relationship with their family and make no attempt to impose my values on them.
  8. I understand that I will learn personal information about my Little and their family, which I will keep confidential.
  9. I will be in contact with my Program Manager once a month to check-in about my match. I will respond to any communication that I receive from BBBSSM staff.
  10. I will not engage in any type of drug or alcohol use prior to or during a match outing. I will not smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products while with my Little.
  11. I understand that no overnight visits will be permitted within the first year of the match. After the first year, I will obtain permission from my Program Manager BEFORE an overnight occurs.
  12. I understand that I will not visit my home with my Little for the first 3 months of our match. After 3 months, I will discuss home visits with all parties and receive approval from my Program Manager. 
  13. I understand that match outings should generally be kept to a one-to-one basis but may occasionally include friends or family members of either myself or my Little.
  14. I will maintain open communication at all times and never ask my Little to keep a secret. 
  15. I will respect the personal space of my Little and avoid inappropriate physical contact (e.g. backrubs, sitting in laps, tickling, wresting, etc.).
  16. I will never be physical with my Little or use verbal or emotional means of discipline.
  17. I will never display or discuss any materials of a sexual nature with my Little.
  18. I will provide separate areas for my Little to change clothes, bathe, and/or sleep when these actions take place during a match outing.
  19. I will not communicate with my Little or their family members through social networking sites (such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for the first year of my match. I will not post pictures of my Little on my profiles.

What is match support and why is it so important?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine takes great pride in creating and supporting long lasting and enduring matches. We ask that each of our matches commit to at least one year, starting the day you are matched. Most of our matches go well beyond that commitment. Our average match length is almost 3 years. Match support is what sets us apart and ensures that our matches are having fun and staying safe!

Match support is a regularly scheduled monthly check in where you discuss with your Program Manager how your match is going, and any needs/concerns you may have. Match support is also important in keeping you connected with our agency and upcoming opportunities. Match support is a non-negotiable requirement for Bigs, Littles and families when participating in our program. When the match reaches one year, the check-in schedule changes to quarterly. Of course, we are always here for support whenever you need. Quarterly check-ins are just as important as monthly check-ins, so it is vital that these are completed in a timely manner.

All parties must adhere to the match support schedule, if one part of the match does not respond to a request for check-in, the match will be at risk of closure. Parent/Guardian, Little and Big must all maintain the required schedule of communication and contact for the life of the match.

It is important that you understand that failure to comply with match support will put your match at risk of closure. Our Program team works with you to find a time that fits within your schedule. Please be mindful of scheduling with your Program Manager by responding in a timely fashion when they reach out to you.

Our policy on overdue match support states that failure to comply with required check-ins will be reason for immediate closure if the check-in reaches 30 days past due. We will send you a letter reminding you that match support is overdue and that we need to hear from you. Please be sure to get back to us within the timeframe the letter states. We are not able to re-open a match after closure for failure to comply.

Match support is a critical piece of our program in ensuring child safety. It offers the opportunity for the match to gain insight and knowledge on relationship building and for all of us to celebrate the success of the match. Relationships take time and need support to flourish and grow.

Confidentiality Agreement

Please read this document in its entirety. 

As a potential participant of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine (BBBSSM or BBBS), I understand that I have access to confidential information about volunteers and/or clients and families. I fully understand and accept the responsibilities inherent in my role to maintain the complete confidentiality of all personal information, documents and parties who are engaged in this partnership (collectively, the "Confidential Information"), including myself, BBBSSM and all its affiliates and employees, public figures as well as all children and families that are served by this partnership. The obligation of confidentiality persists indefinitely and is not limited to the period of time beginning with my participation in BBBS and ending at the close of my participation.

In order for BBBSSM to provide responsible and professional services, it is necessary for volunteers, clients and parent/guardians of clients to disclose personal information. BBBSSM respects the confidentiality of client/volunteer information. Confidentiality applies to written records, electronic records, voice, verbal statements, pictures (motion or still) and the use of client/volunteer's name in agency publications. All records are considered property of the agency, not of agency staff, partner agencies, clients, parent/guardians or volunteers.

I further agree to the following terms:
  1. In the event that an actual breach of confidentiality or a release of Confidential Information has occurred or if a situation which I reasonably believe may result in a breach of confidentiality comes to my attention, I agree to immediately notify the designated BBBSSM representative and/or any other appropriate BBBSSM staff member. I understand and agree that I am required to report such a breach or threatened breach of confidentiality regardless of whether the breach is caused by my own actions or by the actions of another person. 
According to the confidentiality Policy, information from client/volunteer records may only be shared with individual/organizations as specified:
  1. Identifying information regarding client/volunteer may be used in agency publications or promotional material only if the client/volunteer has given written permission.
  2. Information shall be provided to law enforcement or courts only with a valid, enforceable subpoena. 
  3. Information shall be provided to BBBSSM legal counselor in the event of litigation or potential litigation involving the agency.
  4. State law requires that suspected or disclosed child abuse, exploitation or neglect be reported to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services. 
  5. Information regarding match relationship and match closure reasons shall be provided to other BBBS agencies and youth serving organizations if requested.
  6. If agency staff receives information that indicates that a client/volunteer may be dangerous to themselves or to others, steps shall be taken to protect the appropriate party, including a report to the law enforcement authorities.
  7. When a child/volunteer is considered for a match, information is shared between the prospective parties. The identity of the parties is not revealed until after the parties agree to the match. each party has the right to refuse proposed match based on the anonymous information provided. Information shared may include: age, sex, race, religion, education, interests, hobbies, marriage and family status, living situation, sexual orientation, reasons for applying to the program, expectations for the match, and all other information deemed relevant. The individuals to whom this information is provided agree not to share the information with any other person.
  8. Certain outside bodies, including members of the Board of Directors, may  have access to client volunteer records for the purpose of program evaluation, audit, accreditation, and/or for purposes of operating and making available approved software, on-line sites and login portals. All such authorized persons and representatives shall enter into a Confidentiality Agreement before receipt of any information from client/volunteer records.
  9. Personally identifiable information of students which is obtained from education records provided by any school district or school will only be used or re-disclosed by BBBSSM or its authorized representatives in accordance with requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Such information may not be re-disclosed to any third party (except back to the school district or school) without prior written consent of the school district or school, the parent or eligible student. Such information may not be used for any purpose other than the purpose stated in the agreement with the school district or school pursuant to which the information was obtained, and will only be disclosed to those authorized representatives of BBBSSM who have legitimate interest in the program pursuant to which the information is provided.
Other than the instances set forth above, information from client/volunteer records shall not be released unless accompanied by an authorized consent to release information form signed by the client/volunteer. If the client is under the age of 18, the consent to release information form must be signed by the student's parent or guardian.


Match Guidelines, Assumption of Risk and
Release of Liability Relating to Covid-19

Thank you for your commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine. Our top priority is the health and safety of our Littles, volunteers, families, and staff. We will continue to monitor developments regarding Covid-19 and adhere to federal, state, and local guidelines to help protect all BBBS program participants and staff. 

 

BBBS of Southern Maine provides the following guidance to our Bigs, Littles, and parents/guardians regarding safe contact for our matches. We ask each match participant to review and confirm your agreement to follow these guidelines by signing below.  As always, please contact your BBBS staff with any questions, concerns, or for support in keeping connected.

 

Communicating about Covid-19 Risk Factors and Deciding to Meet

·         In-person outings remain at the discretion of each match and its participants and are not required at this time. Matches not meeting in-person agree to maintain regular communication via virtual, phone and/or written means.

·         Each person in the match must assess their health before every in-person outing. Please be open and honest about illness symptoms to protect one another and make the best-informed decision about meeting. Matches should not meet if either party has any of the following symptoms:

·         fever, cough, shortness of breath

·         chills, muscle pain, headache

·         sore throat, congestion, loss of taste or smell, or

·         nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

·         In-person meetings shall not take place if a Big, Little or another member in either household is diagnosed with Covid-19, or has been exposed to Covid-19.

·         If any match party has been diagnosed with Covid-19 or had symptoms, the match should not meet for at least:

·         10 days after symptoms first appeared and

·         24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and

·         Other symptoms are improving

·         Or a negative Covid-19 test has occurred no sooner than 3 days after exposure

·         Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 5-7 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate if they test positive.

            ·         Please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for further guidance on what to do if you are sick, or have been exposed or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

Choosing Activities/Outing Locations

If match parties agree to meeting in-person:

  • Outings should occur in locations that allow for social distancing.
  • Bigs and Littles should avoid crowded places and gatherings.
  • Regardless of the Little’s age, each outing and activity must be approved by the Parent/ Guardian ahead of time.

 

Transportation: 

BBBS recommends that match participants wear masks when traveling in a vehicle.

·         Bigs should take reasonable steps to disinfect surfaces before and after transporting (cleaning handles, seatbelts, etc.).

·         When possible, Bigs should limit transportation to short distances.

·         Littles should sit in the back seat of the car, regardless of age, to provide more distance.

 

Protective Measures:

The following protective measures are recommended prior to and during each in-person visit:

·         Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after the visit. Washing hands and/or sanitizing regularly during outings is encouraged.

·         Anyone participating in the visit should adhere to social distancing guidelines

·         Refrain from any physical contact, including high fiving, hand holding, hand shaking, or hugging.

·         Bigs and Littles should wear masks that cover their mouth and nose during the duration of the outing

 

By signing below, I confirm that I have read the agency’s Covid-19 match contact requirements and that I agree to adhere to these requirements. I understand we are not obligated to have in-person contact with our match, and that we are voluntarily choosing to connect in person. I will make decisions based on what is best for the safety, health, and wellness of each person in our match and our families. I realize that despite the safety precautions outlined in this agreement, there remains a risk that I or a member of my family could become infected with Covid -19 through inadvertent contact with an infected person during a visit.  I agree to assume this risk and, hereby release and hold Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine harmless from any injury, illness or loss of life that may be related to such contact.

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