CASA Volunteer Advocate

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ORGANIZATION: CASA of Mercer County, Inc.

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are trained community volunteers who are appointed by a judge to provide advocacy for children who have been placed in foster care due to abuse and/or neglect. Supported by our Case Supervisors, CASAs serve as the "eyes and ears of the court and the voice of the child". Under the guidance of the CASA staff, volunteer advocates will:

  1. Conduct an independent investigation and gather facts to ascertain the needs of the child
  2. Visit the child at least once per month
  3. Collaborate with the child (when possible), the child's family, the Division of Child Protection & Permanency, and other service providers to identify the appropriate resources for meeting the needs of the child and to determine where those services are available
  4. Advocate for the best interest of the child through child-centered, fact-based recommendations through written reports to the court and attendance at court proceedings

CASA volunteers must pass criminal and child welfare background checks, commit to at least 12 months of service, communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, be at least 21 years old and posses a valid driver's license and have access to a vehicle as local travel is required. CASAs must complete a comprehensive 30 hours training program and will be required to complete 12 hours of continuing education per year.




For more information visit our website, www.casamercer.org, give us a call at 609-434-0050, or email our Advocate Recruiter, Marisa Gilmore at mgilmore@casamercer.org.

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About CASA of Mercer County, Inc.

Location:

1450 Parkside Avenue, Suite 22, Ewing, NJ 08638, US

Mission Statement

CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties advocates for children and youth in the foster care system to have their needs met and their rights protected. Our dedicated staff and well-trained volunteers connect each child in our care to resources that support their healthy growth and development, and advocate for the child’s well-being and best interests.

Description

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mercer and Burlington Counties is a non-profit organization that recruits, screens, trains, and supervises court-appointed volunteer advocates for children in the foster system.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Justice & Legal
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Justice & Legal

WHEN

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WHERE

1450 Parkside Ave.Suite 22Ewing, NJ 08638

(40.25141,-74.76834)
 

SKILLS

  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5-20 hours per month (variable)

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