Volunteers at the Davidson County Safe Room help organize clothing and supplies given to children who enter custody.
Volunteer with DCS
Volunteers are an important part of the network of community partnerships that help protect children, develop youth, strengthen families and build safe communities.
Certified volunteers are valued at the Department of Children’s Services as additional resources that enhance programs and help provide non-formal services for the children and families served by the department. Volunteers are trained and offer support in any area of the department where there are identified needs.
Volunteers do not supplant DCS staff in providing services but contribute to the agency through offering their distinct talents, skills, and resources. Some of the responsibilities provided by our certified and trained volunteers includes:
- Play with children who come into custody -- or just keep them company -- while they wait
- Help a caseworker transport children to doctor and dental visits
- Aide a caseworker with office duties and filing
- Support administrative office staff by making copies and performing other clerical tasks
- Serve as a legal Intern
- Assist a caseworker by sitting in on Child and Family Team Meetings (CFTM) to serve as advocates for children and families. Additionally the volunteer’s presence in the CFTM enhance safety and permanence for children
- Help a caseworker by serving in a supportive role to the family throughout the life of a case and even after it is closed.
- Share your knowledge of community resources with caseworkers
- Support caseworkers as interns or certification students
A Volunteer Coordinator is assigned to each DCS Regional Office/YDC to recruit, manage and provide support to volunteers.
For more information on how you can contribute your distinct talents, skills and resources, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator in your region.
All volunteers must apply and pass a background check.