When children suffer the loss of a parent, they often feel that their lives cannot continue the same way, and may even feel lost and abandoned. Kenny Slaught notes that, “The <I Have a Friend> mentoring program allows these young individuals to share their feelings with someone who has experienced something very similar.” The child will have a partner for as long as he or she needs one. The mentee can talk about some of the most sensitive subjects with the mentor in an trusting and supportive environment. In turn, the mentor provides support and useful guidance on the hurdles that will come.

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