The MENTOR Network

Anwar and Melvina El-Amin Mentors, Alabama MENTOR

As foster parents, Mentors Anwar and Melvina El-Amin have welcomed more than 100 children into their home over the past 17 years, most of them sibling groups of five or more.

“They need someone to help them and that’s what we like to do,” said Melvina about her and Anwar’s dedication to helping children. “It’s about determination—we want to see things get better, make things better.”

The El-Amins joined Alabama MENTOR nine years ago and for the past five years have been devoted to two brothers who are diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. With no prior experience serving children on the Autism Spectrum, Anwar and Melvina embraced trainings, educated themselves and opened their hearts and home.

“Most children in therapeutic foster care are placed one child per home in order for Mentors to provide the intense, specialized level of services needed,” said Joy Grafton, program director at Alabama MENTOR. “The El-Amins are the exception. They have a talent for parenting siblings.”

With the El-Amins’ keen focus on the possibilities, the two boys have made huge strides, as so many others have over the years.

“It’s impossible to measure the endless energy and dedication Mr. and Mrs. El-Amin bring to their roles as Mentors,” added Joy. “They exemplify the power of individuals to make a difference in the world.”