This internship and hours/days of work are to be negotiated to meet the needs of the intern and specific time requirements for college credits.
Work with case supervisors to develop intake and case file set up of referrals made to the CASA program by the Juvenile Court Judge, social workers, probation officers and other referral sources. Assist volunteer supervisors with maintaining communication on the status of all case referrals via phone contact with referring party.
Attend court to monitor waitlisted cases as needed, under the supervision of staff, the intern will have duties that include the research necessary to build a file of data necessary to match the child's case to the CASA advocate who will mentor and oversee the child's case as it travels through the court system.
Intern will be expected to learn the electronic case system, do file research and work hand in hand with the Executive Director and Case Supervisor to meet the needs of the agency, volunteers and youth we serve.
Will be asked to observe strict confidentiality rules and will review highly confidential and restricted files and data.
About Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Sonoma County
365 Casa Manana Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95409, US
The Sonoma County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program is committed to serving abused and neglected children coming before the Juvenile Court for protection and rehabilitation services. The purpose of the CASA program is to humanize the complex child welfare system for the child victim by providing a trained volunteer who will act as a consistent role model, advocate, and potential life connection.
l. To reduce the trauma of children in the Juvenile Court dependency system by matching a child with a trained CASA volunteer who will offer support through a long term consistent relationship. The volunteer will explore and recommend resources and options available for the child and offer the child guidance and information in understanding and dealing with the complex, unfamiliar court, and child welfare systems.
2. To advocate vigorously for the rights of abused and neglected children in Sonoma County ensuring that all "reasonable efforts" have been made for a child at every stage of the court dependency process.
3. To improve the quality of information presented to the Juvenile Court on behalf of the child by informing the court of the child's adjustment and state of mind and by gathering relevant information and making appropriate case recommendations to be included in a written court report.
4. To develop and implement a sound program management plan including a comprehensive plan for the recruitment, retention, supervision, and training of a competent volunteer corps ethnically, racially, and linguistically representative of the population to be served.