CHILDREN'S CORPS ADMISSIONS POLICIES
Children’s Corps is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its applicants, Corps members, and staff members, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.
Children’s Corps is committed to providing equal access and opportunities to candidates with legally recognizable disabilities, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the application process, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state laws. Children’s Corps believes that it is possible for a qualified individual to have a disability and be a part of our work.We will make our best effort to provide reasonable accommodations for our differently-abled candidates at every stage of the application process. Disclosing a disability or requesting a need for accommodations is a separate and distinct process from admissions and will have absolutely no bearing on a candidate’s application status.
In order to ensure a fair admissions process for all and maintain the integrity of our application and interview process, Children’s Corps requires all applicants to treat each phase of the application process as confidential and refrain from disclosing or sharing information or materials provided by Children’s Corps that are not otherwise publicly available with others. Any applicant that discloses confidential information regarding the application process is subject to having his or her application disqualified.
Given the volume of applications Children’s Corps receives, we are unable to provide individual feedback about admissions decisions to applicants who are not accepted at any stage of the application process.
Candidates may only apply to Children’s Corps once during an admissions year but are welcome to reapply during subsequent admissions years.
Admitted candidates may submit a request for a one-year deferral. The deadline for a deferral request is the same as your deadline to accept your offer to Children’s Corps. Staff members of the applicant’s assigned region and the Admissions team will review and evaluate requests on a case-by-case basis. Though rare, deferrals are typically granted for admitted applicants who have serious emergencies or who have a unique opportunity that will significantly add to their value in the child welfare field. Candidates granted deferrals will have to reinstate their interest and commitment to the program in order to maintain their position in the Corps for the following year. More information will be given about this process when granted a deferral.
Children’s Corps may require additional information from applicants before determining whether to invite them to a phone and/or final interview. Children’s Corps reserves the right to collect information from applicants at a later date and use this information in admissions decisions.
In order to respect the integrity of the application process, Children’s Corps will generally not consider information about applicants that comes outside of the application process. However, we do reserve the right to investigate further when any information is brought to our attention which raises reasonable concerns that an applicant could be harmful to the children we teach or the communities in which we work.
As you can imagine, working so closely with children and families requires proper screening. If selected into Children’s Corps, you will be referred for placement and employment at one of our partner child welfare agencies. An official position is offered contingent on passing the agency’s clearance process, which all Corps members are expected to submit to. This process includes review of criminal history, State Central Registry for child abuse/neglect, and possibly a doctor’s physical and/or drug testing. Children’s Corps reserves the right to revoke admission to or dismiss any Corps member who does not pass this clearance. Children’s Corps is not responsible for finding alternative placements for Corps members who cannot be hired or who are fired by their assigned private agency because of their criminal records or involvement in criminal activities.
Falsification or misrepresentation of any sort, including plagiarism, on the application or supporting materials is grounds for non-admission or dismissal.
It is the responsibility of applicants to report any material change in the information provided in their applications as soon as a material change occurs, even if such material change occurs after admissions into the Corps. (e.g. Failure to obtain a college diploma or certification on time). Candidates are required to notify Children’s Corps within 14 days of the change occurring, including but not limited to criminal records/proceedings or academic status. Failure to inform FCFC of such material change is grounds for non-admission, or rescission of the admission offer, or dismissal from the Corps.