Child Enrollment

        Amachi-Break the Cycle seeks to connect the children of incarcerated parents with mentors who will act as positive role models and friends. Our mentors are adults 18 and older who is willing to support, guide and be a friend to a child (age 5-17) of an incarcerated parent. The role of an adult mentor is not to replace the parent, but to spend time with the child. A positive mentoring relationship can result in improved school performance, self-confidence and greater hope for the future.
        Both the child and the volunteer are asked to make an 18 month commitment to the mentoring relationship. Mentors and mentees meet on a weekly basis for a minimum of an hour per week. Matches are made to bring together the needs of the child and the skills, abilities and interests of the adult. Mentors are carefully screened and undergo background checks and child abuse history clearance. 
        The process from referral to the enrollment of the child to the actual match depends on the pool of available mentors and the child's age. Once a child has been referred by a parent or an agency, we then contact the child's legal guardian to set up an interview to make the best mentoring match possible for the child. Please note that a child cannot be enrolled in our program unless the child's legal guardian/caretaker signs the consent form. To refer a child, the parent, caretaker or social agency can fill out the Child Referral Form and send it to Amachi-Break the Cycle at
 P.O. Box 563, Denville, NJ 07834