Providing education and support to deliver better outcomes for children and families in permanent care and adoption

Volunteering with PCA Families

Overview of the volunteer program  

PCA Families has a history of volunteer involvement. The organisation originated in 2002 when a group of parents, carers and professionals started meeting with a view to establishing a support service which was independent of placement agencies and which provided training and support to those affected by permanent care, adoption, kinship care and foster care. Incorporated in 2003 as Post Placement Support Service, the organisation was largely run by volunteers, with only a small amount of paid staff time, until 2010.

In 2014 PCA Families continues to value the role of volunteers as an integral part of the organisation’s management and service delivery, as well as being vital to the achievement of peer-informed approaches incorporating learning from lived experience.

The PCA Families volunteer program models the following principles of volunteering:

  • Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer
  • Volunteer work is unpaid
  • Volunteering is always a matter of choice
  • Volunteering is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances
  • Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community
  • Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs
  • Volunteering is an activity performed in the not for profit sector only
  • Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work
  • Volunteers do not replace paid workers not constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers
  • Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others
  • Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.

What Volunteers can expect from volunteering with PCA Families:

  • The opportunity to contribute to, and be part of an organisation that makes a difference in the lives of families formed through permanent care and adoption
  • The opportunity to gain skills, experience, friendships, training, and a sense of satisfaction
  • To work within a safe and healthy work environment; including being covered by volunteer insurance
  • To be given clearly defined roles and direction; and to be supported in their work
  • To be reimbursed for any agreed-upon out of pocket expenses
  • Recognition for work completed; including references, and Certificates of Attainment for any training courses completed.

Volunteer Positions

PCA Families has the following roles for volunteers within the organisation:
  • General Administration Support
  • Publicity and Promotion
  • Phone Peer Support
  • Peer Support
  • On-Line Peer Support project
  • Bookstore
  • Peer Mentors -Training

On occasion, there will also be the opportunities for volunteers to support us in one-off event based opportunities and short term project based roles.

Process for becoming a PCA Families volunteer

Fill in a PCA Families Volunteer Application Form, including the names of two referees (this can be done online, via email or by posting your application form)
Suitable applicants will be invited to attend an interview with two representatives of PCA Families.

All applicants need to be willing to undergo a National Police Records Check, and to have a current Working With Children Check.
Successful applicants will be matched to suitable positions as they become available, and are required to sign a Volunteer Agreement incorporating a confidentiality agreement and code of conduct.


Induction and Training

All volunteers who have been offered a position with PCA Families will be required to attend a two-hour induction session prior to commencing work. Some positions, such as the Peer Mentors and Peer Support Phone Volunteers, also require attendance at specialised training specific to the role.
In addition, PCA Families is committed to providing opportunities for supervision and training for all volunteers. 

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Donations enable PCA Families to continue to deliver high quality programs in support of the home-based care and adoption community. Donations over $2.00 are tax-deductible.