Joe Arias
1743-A Orange Tree Lane, Redlands, California, 92374
(909) 335-1164
Description of Organization and Population Served: 
Founded in 1959, Childhelp is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect, focusing on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp's programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children's advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Several of Childhelp's programs were firsts, and continue to be studied by professionals worldwide as "models that work." The Childhelp Hollywood Resource and Training Center has been a hub for our hotline and our school curriculum for over 20 years and now serves as a Foster Family and Adoption Agency (FFA) and Community Outreach Facility. Note: Patricia Old oversees both the Los Angeles office and the Redlands office. Although the phone contact provided is in Redlands the internship is for the Los Angeles facility.
Description of Fieldwork Project and Responsibilities of Intern: 
The Volunteer program at Childhelp FFA is designed to provide meaningful experience and training for Bachelor's level interns in social work or psychology, as well as to benefit the agency in appropriate helpful ways. Childhelp receives 40 calls per day from the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services to place children in foster care. We must certify more foster families to meet the immediate need and find homes for these children. The Childhelp intern position includes following-up with foster parents to complete their file, assisting foster parents through the orientation and required trainings, and eventually conducting trainings, under supervision, with both parents and children. Those accepting the position would be required to pass a fingerprint screening and sign a confidentiality agreement. Cultural sensitivity is necessary given the diversity of our families. Successful interns should be dependable, detail-oriented and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
Special Qualifications: 
Requirements and Screening Process: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age Currently enrolled in a university program for social work, psychology or related field requiring a field placement or internship. A Volunteer Application must be completed, including three verifiable references. Candidates will participate in an interview with the Director and FFA Developer Volunteers must be fingerprinted Volunteers must have a TB test Volunteers sign an agreement of Confidentiality Volunteers sign a Health Status statement Volunteers must have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, flexibility, sensitivity, efficiency. Bilingual (Spanish) a plus. Volunteers must be able to commit to 8-10 hours per week (4-5 hours, 2 days a week on a fixed schedule). The specific days and hours will be determined at the beginning of the internship to accommodate the volunteer's class schedule, etc., but once established the volunteer must maintain that schedule to allow others to prepare for and plan on their assistance.
Hourly Commitment Per Week: 
8-10 hours