Information, Application Forms & Instructions

Project Horse must adhere to certain laws, including compliance with HIPPA to ensure client confidentiality. Further, because a majority of our clients are minors, we must hold ourselves to the highest standards of transparency and accountability. To ensure that individuals (employees and volunteers) who join Project Horse are well qualified to work with and around the children, teens and adults served, it is Project Horse’s policy to investigate the backgrounds and references of all applicants. Background investigations are conducted in accordance with federal and state laws.

A background check will be conducted on any and all individuals involved with supporting Project Horse’s operations, whether volunteer or compensated, or helping with horse care or delivering client services.

1) A application is required of everyone — All new staff and volunteers, regardless of the capacity in which you will support or help Project Horse.

  1. Click below to access the application, which is a Word doc with fields that can be filled in.

  2. Complete and save your application with your name in the file name.

  3. Return your application within 7 days to the designated Project Horse administrator, in person, via email or by fax.

The search is typically completed within 3 days and returned. application form

2) For any new staff or volunteers who will be working with our clients (regardless of the clients’ ages), a more thorough background investigation is required.

The Virginia Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry is mandated by the Virginia Child Protective Law and contains the names of individuals identified as an abuser or neglector in founded child abuse and/or neglect investigations conducted in the state of Virginia. The findings are made by Child Protective Services staff in local departments of social services and are maintained by the Virginia Department of Social Services. Legal mandates for the Virginia Department of Social Services to provide a Central Registry and a mechanism for conducting searches of the registry are found in §63.2-1515of the Code Virginia.

Any individuals (staff or volunteer) who will be working with Project Horse clients must complete the Central Registry search form.

  1. Click below to access the form.

  2. Complete the form and have it notarized.

  3. Return your form within 7 days to the designated Project Horse administrator, in person, via email or by fax.

NOTE that this form must be notarized before it can be submitted to the Virginia Department of Social Services for the investigation. The Central Registry search takes several weeks to be completed and report returned.

Central Registry Release of Information form

All costs associated with the conduct of background checks are covered by Project Horse.

Project Horse relies on the accuracy of the information contained in employment / volunteer applications, as well as the accuracy of other data presented throughout the consideration process as well as during employment and or volunteering. Any misrepresentations, falsifications, or material omissions in any of this information or these data may result in an applicant being excluded from further consideration or, if an individual has already been hired, termination of employment or volunteer status.

Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Project Horse Empowerment Center Administrative Office as follows:



Mailing Address
20015 Great Falls Forest Drive
Great Falls, VA 22066