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What is a trusted adult?
Here are some things to look for in a trusted adult.
What to look for…
  • Someone who talks to you, not at you.

  • Someone who encourages you and supports you.

  • Someone who you want to be like.

  • Someone who is older than you.

  • Someone who supports your values.

  • Someone of the same gender

What NOT to look for….

  • Someone who is a romantic partner

  • Someone your age

  • Someone you don’t respect.

  • Someone who wants to change you

  • Someone who tries to change what you value.

  • Someone who is always being negative.

A trusted adult is a person over the age of 18 who can assist you in getting the resources and information to help you. This person is someone you respect and can talk to about the tough things. Someone you trust that will be there and help you when you need them.

How do you find an adult you can trust?

Examples of who could be your trusted adult:
  • Teacher
  • Counselor
  • Coach
  • Parent
  • Relative
  • Neighbor
  • Pastor
  • Boss

Looking for a someone you can trust can feel overwhelming. Where do you look for a person you trust? Here's some places to start.

  1. Look where you already spend time; school, work, home, or church.
  2. Make a list of the adults you respect.
  3. From that list pick 1 or 2 adults you feel comfortable talking to. 
  4. Reach out to that adult and ask if you can talk.
  5. ​After talking to them, make sure to arrange to talk again. Keep the conversation going.
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