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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to become a Volunteer?

Volunteers are asked to submit an application to volunteer services at volunteer@cafsnj.org. After our staff reviews your volunteer application and meets with you personally, we will seek out an opportunity that matches your skills, interests, and availability.

New Volunteers are asked to attend a Volunteer Orientation and submit the following documentation:

  • Reference forms (three references are required)
  • Mantoux Test (Tuberculosis Test) Not required for all volunteer opportunities
  • Fingerprint Form (paid for by DYFS, Division of Youth and Family Services); or Criminal History Record Form
  • Child Abuse Record Consent Form

How long does it take to complete my paperwork?

Typically it takes 2-4 weeks, once paperwork is submitted to receive clearance from the state.

What are the age requirements to volunteer?

You must be at least 18 years or older to work directly with our children. Mentors must be, at least 21 years or older. Young volunteers can be sales associates with The Depot gift shop in Midland Park or conduct community drives to meet some fundamental needs for our children. See our Volunteer Opportunities page for more information on ways you can help.

What type of volunteer opportunities do you offer?

Volunteer Service's offers a variety of rewarding volunteer opportunities based upon the needs of our programs, and typically include:

  • Direct Services (working directly with a child, family, or adult in our care)
  • Corporate Projects
  • Community Drives
  • Special Events

What is the time commitment for volunteering?

We ask that you commit to at least one year depending on the opportunity. Volunteer contact information will remain in our database and we send updates on volunteer opportunities as they become available. Some projects are short term and others may require longer commitments.

How do I become a mentor?

Once you receive your application, you will be contacted by our Mentor Coordinator to meet and discuss the program. After the training, which is a nine-hour program, you will be matched with the appropriate child. Mentoring does require a longer commitment, so only candidates with longer term availability should apply for this program.

Once I become a volunteer, how do I learn more about the agency?

Volunteers will be mailed Impact, our agency newsletter. Volunteers will also be notified periodically of new volunteer opportunities, agency events, and other relevant information. Volunteers are always welcome to contact Volunteer Services throughout their volunteer experience. volunteer@cafsnj.org or 201-740-7102.

Can you become a volunteer and then go on to adopt?

Any volunteer who would like to learn more about adoption and foster care should contact a program recruiter at 201-261-2800.