hank you for your interest in volunteering with the Children’s Justice Center (CJC). By way of introduction, the CJC is a homelike facility, which serves children and families who are experiencing the crisis and chaos that come with the disclosure of significant physical or sexual abuse of a child. The function of the CJC is to reduce the trauma of the child abuse investigation, and help the child feel safe to reveal the truth.
We have several volunteer opportunities available: the Victim Assistance (mentor) program, the Onsite Victim Support program, the Children’s Groups program, and the Family Justice Center. All programs involve spending time with children.
1) Victim Assistance mentor’s role is to be a friend, a positive influence, and a reliable and consistent presence in the life of a child who has been through an abuse investigation.
A Victim Assistance mentor is paired up with a child to work with one-on-one, on a weekly basis, for six months. A Victim Assistance mentor is encouraged to participate in fun and healthy activities with the child. New Victim Assistance mentors are required by the state to attend 40 hours of volunteer training. Training sessions are held weeknights and Saturdays in January, May and September.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, please call the Victim Witness Coordinator at (801) 851-8504 for more information.
2) Onsite Victim Support program involves spending time with many different children while they are visiting the CJC. The volunteer agrees to come in for one two-hour shift, Monday-Friday between 8 am and 6pm, at the same time every week.
The volunteer plays with and talks to children who are here for interviews and medical exams. This position requires a four-month commitment and a one-hour orientation.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, please call the Victim Witness Coordinator at (801) 851-8504 to select a shift and set up an orientation time or for more information.
3) Children and Teen Groups, led by licensed clinical therapists, are held Tuesdays, 3:30-8 pm and Thursdays, 4-8 pm. The groups teach skills in a light-hearted atmosphere.
Volunteers set up rooms, sign in families and help with children during group sessions.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, please call the Treatment Coordinator at (801) 851-2433 for more information.
4) The Family Justice Center is a one-stop location that offers information and services to local families including legal help, victim advocates, emergency food and housing, and social workers.
Volunteers working toward a bachelor’s degree in the behavioral sciences are needed every Tuesday from 4-8:30 pm. This program has a special need for Spanish-speaking interpreters.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, please call the Family Service Coordinator at (801) 851-8508.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call. If you know of anyone else who might be interested, feel free to forward this information to them, or give them our phone number. We are always interested in seeking great help. Thanks so much for your interest!
Rebecca Martell, LCSW
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