Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is OMD responding to the Covid-19 crisis?

OMD is open in both Washington and Idaho. We take our cues from the child welfare offices where we serve, meaning that if the local welfare office is open, then we're open too. All active volunteers have signed a Covid waiver, and safety and cleaning procedures have been put in place to protect volunteers and children during their time together at the office. Since the pandemic began fundraising and training events have all taken place online. Despite the challenges, OMD remains poised and ready to be called upon when intake numbers once again begin to rise.

Q: What are the volunteer requirements?

Volunteers must be 18 or older, complete a criminal history background check and a Nondisclosure Agreement provided by the state. Applicants must attend a short training via Zoom or at the nearest child welfare office (if available), which is followed by a yearly online refresher course. OMD deploys volunteers using a web-based app, therefore volunteers must have a smart phone to be alerted of available shifts. Contact us to get in touch with your local Volunteer Coordinator and get started.

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Q: How do I get OMD started in my area?

Our goal is to grow by 3 to 5 new locations each year. If you are interested in starting a program in your area contact us, or if you are interested in partnering with us financially to help make it happen, donate now.

Employees of a state child welfare agency who would like to see OMD at their office can reach out to us to inquire.

Q: What is the time commitment?

OMD is an on-call volunteer commitment that takes place Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm.  We ask that Office Moms or Office Dads have a somewhat flexible schedule so that they can volunteer at least once per month, if only for an hour.

Q: How do I become a foster parent?

Ready to go all-in?  Many OMD volunteers move on to become full-fledged foster parents!  Explore your options here.

Q: Which states does OMD currently serve?

Office Moms & Dads currently serves Washington and Idaho. Our goal is to operate in every state someday!