Become a TCH Volunteer
As a nonprofit organization, The Children’s Home depends on the generosity of the public to maintain high standards in residents’ academic performance, facility improvements and expansion, and innovative programs. The Home has been blessed with many volunteers since our opening days in 1863.
We invite you to become part of a statewide network for children and families. There are enough opportunities to match your interests and available time. Training programs are available for all volunteer positions.
Volunteers participate in a variety of activities according to their interests and expertise.
- Community Advocates conduct outreach to the community, developing volunteer programs, and have a role in fundraising activities for the Home.
- Caregivers work directly with the children in such roles as mentors, tutors, or coaches.
- Home-keepers help with projects and activities around the Home including maintenance projects, beautification projects, and special events.
- Donor Club members assist the work of The Children’s Home by making regular financial contributions.
- Foster Parents: Those interested in becoming Treatment Foster Care Parents should contact the Treatment Foster Care program at 410-744-7310 and explore the “Foster Parent” website page.
Most volunteer roles are limited to volunteers ages 21+, but service hour projects may be available. Groups interested in service projects do not need to complete a volunteer application, but should contact The Children’s Home at 410-744-7310.
Volunteer Onboarding Process
- Complete an online or paper Volunteer Application.
- Schedule a phone interview with Christy Page. Depending upon your area of interest, a second interview with a site supervisor may be required.
- Sign and submit a Children’s Home Confidentiality Agreement.
- Complete but do not sign the Criminal Justice Information Systems – CJIS Livescan Fingerprinting Imaging Service. Take the CJIS form to an approved provider. The list of locations, their hours, and payment methods can be found on this Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services webpage. The 2021 minimum state fee for this service is $29.25; however, private providers may add service charges.
- Complete the State of Maryland-Child Protective Services Program Consent for Release of Information CPS Background/Adam Walsh Background Clearance Request. Please fill in your answers to Section II. The information must be typed/printed. Then save and email the form to Sharon Moore. Set up a time for you to come by and have the form notarized by Sharon.
- While you are at The Home, provide your photo ID and social security number to Christy Page. These will be used to check several background registries.
- You can also take advantage of our onsite TCH Health Suite to get a Tuberculosis Test. You will need to return in 48 hours to have the results read. If you have had a TB test in the past 12 months, we will only need your test results.
- Whew! Your paperwork is almost complete! Take a break and pat yourself on the back!
- Once your background checks are completed, Christy Page will contact you and arrange for your Volunteer Tour & Orientation, as well as connect you with your site supervisor.
- Have fun, connect with kids and be a SHINING STAR in the life of a child!