I am in the process of starting up a non-profit organization that will provide support to children in situations such as; coming into foster care, being interviewed for suspected child abuse, entering homeless shelters, coming to safe visitation centers, and entering domestic abuse shelters. Our volunteers will be following some of the philosophies utilized by child life specialists in hospitals to mitigate medical trauma - building rapport, normalizing the experience through play, preparation for events (photos and flip books of what will occur), and teaching positive coping skills.
My question for you all is this - who should we “market” our volunteer opportunities to? I’m already talking to the local college about child life and play therapy students. Are there other populations that might be interested in this opportunity? Do you think this is something that can be offered to the whole community with the right training in place?