Social Worker Assistants (SWAs) are volunteers who make a huge difference in the busy work schedules of CPS workers. Under the supervision of a unit supervisor or case worker, SWAs make home visits, assess client needs, make phone calls and schedule appointments, research case records, write reports, attend team staffing's and court hearings, interview children and foster parents, supervise visits, and transport children or perform other tasks depending on the unit. As the SWA volunteer becomes more proficient and comfortable, more responsibility may be delegated. This is a unique and excellent way to test your affinity for social service work and a great resume enhancer.
Course credit may be earned through the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Pima Community College or University of Phoenix. Volunteers do not have to be students to be interested in helping CPS case workers; however volunteers must be at least 20 years old. Daytime availability is required and a semester long or four month commitment is preferred. Volunteers work an average of 8-10 hours per week. A vehicle is preferred and mileage is reimbursed.