Photographers throughout Washington state are welcome and encouraged to contact us about volunteering opportunities.
Volunteers are expected to drive to the children, unless the social worker or foster parent is willing and able to bring the child to another location.
Looking to Volunteer?
While AACP activities are on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are halting recruitment of volunteers. Please check back to see when we are accepting new applications.
For what to expect when our application process begins again, please read below.
Photographers must submit the following information to be considered for volunteering:
- A one-page cover letter about why you want to be a part of this organization.
- Resume and three references.
- Link to a body of portrait work.
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Applications are reviewed by the AACP team. Selected photographers must undergo a criminal background check and attend a mandatory training held by AACP and our partners at Northwest Adoption Exchange. If needed, we will explore hosting the training live online for photographers who are not in western Washington.
The training includes sensitivity training on how to work with this unique population, special techniques for photographing children of all abilities, legal issues of photographing the children, and how their images will and can be used.
Once this is complete, your email will be added to an AACP list serve where volunteers are notified about requests for photo sessions. If you chose to provide a session, you will be connected to the social worker and foster parent to coordinate and schedule a specific date, time, and location for the photo session. We ask that photographers reply to AACP emails in a timely manner, providing a warm and helpful experience for social workers and foster parents.
Not a photographer? We could use your support spreading the word about this service and help with the myriad responsibilities that every organization faces. Contact us if you’re interested in helping out!