There are so many ways you can help our children. You can become a volunteer, a mentor, a foster parent or even make a donation to help support our programs and services. To find out how you can be part of the children’s lives through volunteering, mentoring or becoming a foster parent, or to make a secure on-line donation, click on one of the links.
Did you spend part of your childhood at or were you adopted from either Angel Guardian Home in Brooklyn or St. Mary’s of the Angels Home in Syosset?
If so, we would like to hear from you. We encourage alumni to let us know how they are doing and to share their stories. We would love to hear about your time spent with either agency, as it helps encourage us to continue the work we do today.
Click here to tell us about yourself.
The Gift of Mentoring
All children and adolescents have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society. Unfortunately, not all of them get the support they need. That’s where mentoring comes in.
Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer leadership, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. A mentor is an adult who provides a young person with guidance, friendship, reinforcement and a positive role model.
What are the benefits of mentoring?
• Improving self-esteem
• Keeping young people in school
• Helping improve academic skills
• Leading young people to resources they might not find on their own
• Providing support for new behaviors, attitudes and ambitions
• Increasing young people’s ability to seek and keep jobs
Children and adolescents benefit tremendously from having a caring adult
in their lives — it not only increases self-confidence, it encourages trust in
those around them and promotes hope for the future.
Becoming a Foster Parent
Foster care is temporary care for children who are unable to live with their birth families. A foster parent is a mother or father to a child in need of love and security. Foster parents provide what cannot be bought - love, concern, safety and understanding. The beauty of foster care is that children come into care with one family and leave with two. This is why we call foster care a family to family helping service. Foster parents are married, single, separated, divorced or living with a partner. They are working parents and homemakers. If you are 21 or older and have enough room in your heart and home, fill out our pre-qualification form..
- Who are the children in foster care?
- What does it take to become a foster parent?
- Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent
- Will Foster Parents have Help?
- MercyFirst welcomes all qualified persons as potential foster/adoptive parents regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, military or family status.