Butler County Children Services
V.I.T.A.L. (Volunteers Investing Time and Love)
What is the mission of the program?
We are committed to developing a network of community volunteers who can assist the agency in our mission of protecting children and strengthening families. Through the development of partnerships with the community volunteers, the lives of children and families in Butler County will be enhanced.
What are the Goals of the Volunteer Program?
- Promote the best interest of the children and families we serve.
- Delivery of services will be improved for children and families through partnerships developed within the community.
- The community’s involvement and commitment to child protection will be increased.
- The importance of the agency’s mission will be promoted and enhanced within the community as volunteers gain a better understanding of the importance of the role we all play in protecting children and strengthening families.
What does the application and screening process entail?
Individuals desiring to become volunteers are asked to complete an application, provide three references, agree to a thorough criminal background check, and complete a volunteer orientation session. Interviewing and screening of prospective volunteers is the responsibility of the Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Program adheres to the agency’s policy regarding special hiring considerations, which conform to the requirements of the Ohio Administrative Code, Section 5101; 2-5-09. Volunteers who assist in serving the agency’s clients are expected to fulfill the ethical and legal requirements concerning confidentiality at all times.
What Opportunities are there to volunteer?
The BCCS Volunteer Program prides itself on providing orientation and training. Each volunteer attends a orientation seminar which will include: an overview of the agency, defining the purpose of the program, volunteer policies and procedures, and skills for working with children and families. Additional training is provided by staff in other designated volunteer work areas. Here are descriptions of some of those opportunities:
Special Event Volunteer- As directed by Butler County Children Services staff, this volunteer will assist in planning special events such as the Foster/Adoption picnic, the annual Christmas party for foster children, the Adopt-a-family Christmas drive, and other events planned by the agency. May plan the event, organize donations, assist with serving food, decorating, etc.
Adult Special Friend- Will develop a one on one relationship with the adult rather than the entire family. Will maintain regular contact with the adult. Will work with caseworker and casework supervisor to determine the focus of their role, keeping the needs of the adult in mind. Will inform the caseworker and casework supervisor informed as to their progress. Will spend quality time with adult working towards goals.
Emancipation Mentor- Spends time bi-weekly with children emancipating from the foster care system. Provides support and guidance throughout the transition to adulthood and independence. Provides practical suggestions. Listens and assist in developing alternative plans. Assists children in developing their own support system. Assists in navigating the social service systems, job networks, financial services, and other services as needed to assist in achieving independence.
Volunteer Tutor- Spends one to two hours with group of children from our foster care system providing homework and class tutoring. Provides assistance and support. Will help make connection with homework fun and enjoyable.
You may also opt to be an on call sitter to come in and spend time with children that have been removed from their home until placements are found, or to spend time with children while parents are at BCCS for meetings. There will also be times that volunteers will be able to act as a sitter during meetings for our Foster Adoptive Support Team.
Who do I contact?
You may contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator:
Butler County Children Services
300 N. Fair Ave.
Hamilton, OH 45011