Some of the youth do have abuse histories. This is something that we cover thoroughly during the intake interview with both the youth and the parent. We do everything we can to ensure that the abuse is not something that will negatively impact a Partnership, and we fully inform volunteers of the situation before they are matched. We realize that volunteers are not trained professionals and are not equipped to provide counsel on such a matter, nor should they be expected to do so, but a youth may share things from his or her past as time progresses and trust between volunteer and youth is built. The case manager will fully support a volunteer in this area.
We will never match a volunteer with a youth that we suspect is currently being abused. And, we are required by law to report suspected abuse.