Sustained, positive matches are made based on mentors’ and service recipients
’ strengths, needs, preferences, and interests.
The agency considers information learned during screening and assessment
when matching volunteers with service recipients.
Common matching criteria
include: gender, race, ethnicity
, special needs
, geographic proximity, personality and temperament, shared interests, strengths, and/or participants’ preferences for the match (including, for example, preferred activities or demographic characteristics).
The agency helps the service recipient understand the mentor’s role and obtains the service recipient’s written, informed consent
to the proposed match.
Minor children and youth, and dependent adults, may be limited in the extent to which they can approve of and consent to matches. See PA-VM 5.03 for discussion of the involvement of parents
, legal guardians
, and custodians.
Parents or legal guardians of children, youth, or dependent adults are involved in making and consenting to the match, and setting goals for the relationship.
Although it can be difficult to involve family
members, an agency serving children, youth, or dependent adults should at minimum obtain written, informed consent to proposed matches from service recipients’ parents or legal guardians. If an agency (for example, a juvenile justice agency) retains temporary custody
of the service recipient, it is sufficient to obtain consent from that agency. When other providers are also delivering services to the individuals being mentored and coordination is valued, program personnel
can, with the agreement of service recipients and/or their parents, legal guardians, or custodians, discuss matches with appropriate personnel
at the other involved agencies and organizations.
NA The agency does not serve children, youth, or dependent adults.
Mentors receive relevant information about the person with whom they are matched prior to meeting the person.