Special Needs Adoption and Permanency Services

OUR MISSION: To support children in foster care who have special needs, to decrease the time they wait for permanent families, and to expand the geographical boundaries in which the best adoptive families may be found.

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YES Mentor Program

SNAPS, Inc. is pleased to offer the YES (Youth Empowered to Succeed) Mentor Program to youth living in foster care between the ages of 11-18. These services are available in Idaho's Treasure (Southwest Idaho).

Some of these teens will be reunited with birth family, some will enter permanent adoptive families, some will transition out of the foster care system, hopefully with independent living skills in place.  

No matter what the future holds for a foster youth, he or she needs:

  • A safe, adult friend to listen and care.
  • To feel he or she makes a difference in the world.
  • Hope for a successful future.
  • Safe & fun places to spend free time.
  • Opportunities to interact with other teens and mentors.

Statistics and Research

A Research Brief published by Child Trends and titled "Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development" found that youth who participate in mentoring relationships experience a number of positive benefits.

Educational achievement: mentored youth have better attendance; a better chance of going on to higher education; and better attitudes toward school.

Health and safety: mentoring appears to help prevent substance abuse and reduce some negative youth behaviors.

Social and emotional development: mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships.

Watch the KTVB segment on mentoring, to find out how some mentors and mentees have benefited from their participation in this unique program.

Watch part of Jaydon's Mentor story on KTVB's Viewpoint (from April '13)

View the KTVB Mentor Program segment (from July '09).

View the YES Mentor Program FAQs


To become a mentor you will need:

  • A background check completed through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (download application intro packet for details).
  • A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and proper insurance
  • The ability to make a one year commitment to the program
  • Quarterly training provided by SNAPS, Inc.
  • Participation in monthly group activities and one-on-one contact with your mentee
  • A heart for Idaho’s children waiting in foster care


Children and adults in the YES Mentor Program participate in monthly group activities that include recreation, cultural enrichment, service, education, and just plain fun! Some of the activities that YES participants have enjoyed are: Idaho Steelheads hockey game, Boise Hawks baseball game, Starlight Mt. Theater, horseback riding, rollerblading or skating, game night, corn maze, ice skating, Ballet Idaho, Boise Philharmonic, and much more!

Mentor-mentee pairs also get together individually at least once a month, and have weekly phone or e-mail contact with each other. SNAPS supports each mentor relationship through a new mentor orientation, quarterly trainings, and anytime access to a local mentor coordinator.

Become a Mentor

Mentors are needed now in the greater Boise area and in Nampa, Caldwell, and Middleton. If you are ready to become a mentor, download the application packet, fill it out, and return it by email, fax, mail, or make an appointment to hand deliver it. For more information, visit the FAQs page.

If you still have questions or need additional information, please contact: Holly Graham, YES Mentor Program Coordinator graham@snapsinc.org (208) 938-5226 or (208) 345-8991 fax.


click here to download and print an application packet.

Download Adam Walsh State Contacts file.