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When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

6811 Kenilworth AveSuite 402Riverdale, MD 20737

About

Objective:
In Prince George’s County, 21% of residents are foreign born and 22% speak a language other than English at home. It is estimated that over 75,000 residents in the county are unauthorized immigrants, about 7,000 of whom are children 3-17 years old. In approximately 22% of our cases, English proficiency for the child or parent is a barrier that we are not currently fully addressing.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Prince George's County is a non-profit organization with the mission of training volunteers to advocate for youth in foster care. CASA is looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children who may be Spanish-speaking, immigrants, and/or whose family members are non-native speakers. Spanish-speaking volunteers need not be native speakers but should be proficient in communicating in both English and Spanish.

Qualifications and Requirements:
Must be at least 21 years of age or older
● Ability to pass background screening Criminal Background Check; Driving Record Check; Child Abuse Registry Check; Social Security Number verification; National Sex Offender Registry; Reference Checks (3)
● Ability to attend 37-hour pre-service training
● One year or one case commitment to the program
● Ability to commit 10-15 hours per month to case, including visiting the child at least twice per month and regular meetings with Case Supervisor
● Acceptance of a case assignment after completion of preservice training.

Time Commitment:
Pre-service training:
- 37 hours in classroom
- 1 day of courtroom observation

  • In-service training:
    - Flexible Schedule
    - 10 to 15 hrs/ month
    - 2 visits/ month with youth
    - Case Supervision 1x/every 6 weeks
    - Court Hearings 2x/year dependent on case
    - 12 hrs of continuing education/1 year

Application and Training:
To apply, please visit http://pgcasa.org/volunteer-application/
● To be considering for the next training session, you must apply, attend an in-person interview, and be accepted into training.
● Training is held the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons.
● Email volunteer@pgcasa.org for more information or visit www.pgcasa.org/become-a-volunteer to apply.

How to apply: http://pgcasa.org/volunteer-application/

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
CASA volunteers ensure that the court and child welfare systems remain focused on the specific needs of individual youth, so that these needs, including the need for safety and permanency, are addressed expeditiously.

CASA volunteers serve as investigators, mentors, recorders, and ultimately advocates.

CASA volunteers visit their youth at least 2 times per month, and their case supervisors once every 6 to 8 weeks.

Benefits:
This is a unique chance to become invested in your community by spending time with a Spanish-speaking youth and/or their family. You could get involved by advocating for his or her best interests in court, as well as helping them to understand and know there is someone able to communicate with them. You could help create and ensure better outcomes for the youth in need by being a part of his or her team. For more information, please visit our website at www.pgcasa.org or call 301-209-0491.

How to apply: http://pgcasa.org/volunteer-application/

Contact:
volunteer@pgcasa.org
Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/ Prince George’s County, Inc
6811 Kenilworth Ave, Suite 402
Riverdale MD, 20737
301-209-0491

Skills

  • Child Advocacy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10-15 hours per month, 1 year commitment to youth
  • Complete 37 hours pre-service training

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