Volunteer assignments that involve one-on-one interaction with children, families and older adults who are elderly or have disabilities require the completion of the trainings below. These direct-service volunteer assignments may include, but are not limited to: transporting parents to and from appointments, picking up prescriptions for the elderly, and sitting with foster youth in the hospital, or being a companion with an older adult or individuals with disabilities.

The Department of Family and Protective Services strives to equip volunteers with trainings to ensure a successful volunteer experience. Volunteers working directly with children, families, and older adults or individuals with disabilities are required to complete certain trainings so that they are prepared to handle situations that may arise. Each column below shows the required trainings for volunteers. Direct-service volunteers must complete all trainings before they can start volunteering. Please contact your regional or district volunteer coordinator with any questions.

Required Trainings

  Adult Protective Services Volunteers   Child Protective Services Volunteers
Reporting Suspected Abuse, Neglect or Financial Exploitation of Adults (1-Hour Online Training) Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect of a Child: A Guide for Professionals (1-Hour Online Training)
Dementia and Alzheimer’s: What Are the Differences? (Webpage) Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse (Webpage)
Cultural Competency (14-Minute Online Video) Cultural Competency (14-Minute Online Video)
  Trauma Informed Care (2-Hour Online Training)

Optional Training