- Weekly or monthly for at least six months; daytime shifts, plus Monday or Wednesday evenings
- 18+; pass a background check
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You like working with kids and know how to make them feel comfortable in a new environment. You have a knack for connecting with kids and making them feel heard and valued. You value learning about self-care and realize its value in working in an environment like the CAC. You understand the privacy of clients is important and you can maintain the CAC’s confidentiality policies.
About Children's Assessment Center
The Children’s Assessment Center assesses, supports, and assists child victims of suspected sexual abuse, as well as educate children and the community to prevent such assaults. The CAC works with a multidisciplinary team to provide a child-friendly response to child sexual abuse for kids up to 18 years old. This team includes clinical, medical, and administrative staff, plus law enforcement officials, Child Protective Services, and the prosecutor’s office. The CAC provides all necessary follow-up services at no cost to the families. Last year, the CAC provided services to 900 children through interviews, assessments, medical exams, group therapy, and individual counseling.
What Others are Saying
“The CAC does an outstanding job at making sure that their volunteers are taking care of themselves so that they can be at their best for those they serve. I have always felt welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated. The children have definitely been the highlight of my experience. Simple things like playing with dinosaurs in the dollhouse, helping a child find the perfect coloring page, or building a Lego tower as tall as we can until it falls down make all the difference. Knowing that I can provide comfort and enjoyment to a nervous (but brave!) child is everything. Even small projects like cutting out paper hands to be used for art projects or labeling owl-shaped nametags is fulfilling because I know that it can make a child’s day. The work has certainly been emotional at times, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”Tinsley
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Children's Assessment Center directly.
What to Expect
Submit a volunteer application and mail it to the Center (901 Michigan St, Grand Rapids, MI 49503). You’ll be contacted and invited to an in-depth training at the CAC, which is tailored to meet your level of experience so that you have the tools you need to be successful. Angie will regularly check-in with you and make sure you have the ongoing support you need, including information about self-care and remaining healthy in the trauma-rich environment of child sexual abuse.