Caring for Children Entering Foster Care

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the volunteer requirements?

Volunteers must be 18 or older, complete a criminal history background check and a Volunteer Agreement form. Volunteers must also attend a short orientation at the DSHS office in which they intend to serve. Contact us to get in touch with your local Volunteer Coordinator and get started.

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

New locations are starting each month, but we won’t stop until every DSHS has an Office Moms & Dads program. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Coordinator for your area contact us.

If you work for DCFS and would like to bring OMD to your office, please reach out to us.

Q: What is the time commitment?

OMD is an on-call volunteer commitment. This allows flexibility and some fluidity to our volunteers schedules. The majority of volunteer opportunities happen on weekdays during business hours. Occasionally a need arises after 5pm or on weekends. We ask that Office Moms or Dads commit to volunteering in their local DSHS office at least once per month, if only for an hour.

Q: How do I become a foster parent?

Ready to go all-in? Explore your options here.

Q: Is OMD anywhere else beside Washington?

Yes! OMD has launched a pilot program with the State of Idaho in their Caldwell offices. Want to bring OMD to your state too? Contact Us to find out how.