BBBSKC Bigs, Parents, and Guardians:
We wanted to let you know about a couple of policy changes at Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City (BBBSKC) that may affect your Match.
Over the past few months, BBBSKC has been reviewing and updating our policies as part of an ongoing review of how we conduct our work. The first policy that has changed is our overnight policy; the second is the high-risk activity policy. Please note that these changes are not in response to any specific incidents or occurrences, but rather a re-evaluation of the policy and its benefits to Matches.
Effective October 1, 2020:
Spending the night outside of a child’s home can be an intensely personal and intimidating experience for the child and can also create an uncomfortable situation for a parent/guardian or the Big(s). In recent years, BBBSKC has found that many match activities that were proposed as an overnight activity were able to be provided as an equally enjoyable daytime or evening match activity through good planning and creativity.
Moving forward, BBBSKC is asking all Matches to avoid overnight activities involving Littles in our program. BBBSKC hopes that Bigs and parents/guardians will respect these decisions with the knowledge that BBBSKC has the child’s best interest in mind.
If you feel that you have a special circumstance, both the Big and the parent/guardian will be required to complete an application that will be subject to approval. Please keep in mind that under our new policy, overnight match activities that may have been allowed previously are not guaranteed moving forward, even with parental consent.
High-Risk Activity Policy
After consultation with our insurance company and our internal ongoing policy review, we are introducing the following modification to our agency policies in regard to high-risk match activities:
While our Matches are spending quality time together and introducing one another to new hobbies and interests, we want to make sure that safety remains at the forefront. In an effort to streamline the activities that are impacted, we are rolling out the High-Risk Activities form which outlines the match activities that are prohibited and the match activities that are permitted (with parental consent). Click here to see an example of the form.
Moving forward, parents/guardians will be required to sign and submit an electronic permission form to their Match Support Specialist each time the Little will be participating in an activity that is deemed high-risk.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with BBBSKC’s efforts to ensure every child is safe and has a positive experience.
If you have any questions about these policies, please feel free to contact your Match Support Specialist. Thank you for being a Defender of Potential!