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1150 DFPS Volunteer and Community Engagement

CPS December 2021

Volunteers play an important role in helping DFPS accomplish its mission. Legislators recognize the value of volunteers and have mandated the use of volunteer programs in human services agencies and in local governments that contract to deliver human services. See the Faith-Based and Community Engagement Handbook, 1500 Legal Requirements for Volunteer Programs.

Volunteers may be approved to work with DFPS in the following ways:

  • As individuals.
  • As part of a group.
  • Through a volunteer organization.

To ensure that volunteers have clear expectations and are given appropriate supervision, the following responsibilities are assigned to DFPS staff:

  • Faith-Based and Community Engagement specialists coordinate the supervision of volunteers in the DFPS regions.
  • The Faith-Based and Community Engagement (FBCE) Division develops policies and procedures related to volunteers and provides guidance to the FBCE specialists.

For more information, see the Faith-Based and Community Engagement Handbook, including the following sections:

5000 DFPS Volunteer Policy

1000 Faith-Based and Community Engagement Division Overview

1100 FBCE Resources

2100 DFPS Resource Room Employees

7000 Background Check Procedures

8500 Liability, DFPS Responsibility, and Immunity

1151 Acceptance of Gifts and Donations

CPS December 2021

DFPS staff may receive the following types of donations for children and families on their caseloads:

  • Monetary
  • Goods
  • Services

For more information, see the Faith-Based and Community Engagement Handbook, 4000 Donations and Gifts, or contact the Faith-Based and Community Engagement Division.

1160 Public Information About Child Protective Investigations and Child Protective Services

CPS December 2021

According to federal and state law, DFPS must do the following:

  • Provide information about child abuse and neglect to the public.
  • Provide information about the availability of hard-to-place children and about adoption subsidies to prospective adoptive parents.

PL 93-247, Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

Human Resources Code ยง40.0516

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