From law enforcement to our volunteers, our team surrounds itself with committed, child-serving community members. We are asking you to join our team by finding a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you.
Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County offers two volunteer programs for community members – the Community Ambassador Program and the College Student Volunteer Program.
General qualifications for both programs are:
- Volunteers must maintain absolute confidentiality at all times. A confidentiality agreement included in the application must be signed by the volunteer.
- Applicants that have a family member that has received services from Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County will not be accepted due to center policy. Staff can offer other area non-profits that accept volunteers.
- Volunteers must not engage in an inappropriate relationship between themselves and clients of the Advocacy Center. Inappropriate relationships include but are not limited to dual, nonprofessional relationships (personal, business, financial, and/or sexual) with clients of the Children’s Advocacy Center. Should you become engaged in any type of relationship with a center client, you are to immediately notify the volunteer coordinator via email or phone call. At that time, a determination will be made as to your volunteer status.
- The program shall not accept volunteers if they have been convicted, have prior charges, or have charges pending for a felony or misdemeanor involving a sex offense, violent act, child abuse or neglect, or related acts that would pose a risk to children or the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County program’s credibility. Additionally, the program shall not accept volunteers if they have a Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) disposition of Reason to Believe (RTB) for sexual abuse. All other RTB dispositions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and a determination made by the Advocacy Center’s Chief Executive Officer.
- Approval for volunteering includes a three step process:
- Applicants are required to attend a volunteer orientation and training before being approved to volunteer.
- 2020 Volunteer Orientation and Training Dates and Sign-Up: Link
- Applicants must pass a background check that includes a DFPS criminal and abuse check, a sex offender registry check and a federal background check. These will be rechecked every two years.
- After attending the orientation and training and background checks have been completed, an interview will be scheduled and references will be checked.
- Volunteers must be willing to work within the guidelines, policies, and standards of Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County. Volunteers must demonstrate a sincere interest in the work of the center and a willingness to make every effort to work on their scheduled shift. Two missed shifts without notice will result in withdrawal of volunteer approval.
- Volunteers must demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences.
For more information, please contact Michelle Rocha at email@example.com.