Nov 14, 2006

More about checking my fitness for being a volunteer

Reading the application instructions again for my volunteer role as a tutor in a residential school for girls, I see that the school will perform the criminal history background check that I wrote about in my last post. The clearance from the Family Independence Agency Central Registry is a different thing. That registry lists anyone named in complaints to the Children's Protective Services in which a preponderance of evidence of child abuse perpetration is found. It's a state law that this clearance be provided before an organization's staff or volunteers can have contact with children.

I'd consider that a "monument" that can't be easily moved aside. However, the clearance can be requested by mail as well as by visiting the office in person. That's not included in the school's volunteer application instructions.

You need inner resources to be able to handle situations like the welfare office, and all I can imagine is being told that it DOES actually take a full week to get the cleared form, and wasn't ready Monday as the worker told me.

On a gray November Michigan day, I'm just not going to go there. I'm even more grateful that I'm not out of work, out of money, and without a place to live. It's a place without hope, and doesn't have to be that way.

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