Work With Older Youth in Foster Care to Get Them Ready for a Life of Independence

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Court Appointed Special Advocate - Prince George's County, Inc.

Teen Boy

Objective:
Did you know only 54% of youth in foster care earn a high school diploma? And only 2% earn a bachelor’s degree or higher?
The goal to find safe and permanent homes for youth in foster care is not always fulfilled, and each year thousands of young people simply "age out" of the foster care system, going through high school and beyond without ever finding stability. Many of the youth must prepare to leave foster care without ever having a caring presence to help guide them in their journey to adulthood.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County, which recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for the needs of youth living in foster care, is currently recruiting volunteers with a particular interest in working with teens aged 16 to 20. By advocating for their needs in the courts and the community, these volunteers will play a powerful role in helping youth in foster care to become successful and thriving adults.
Will you speak for abused and neglected teens in your community?

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 youth who is about to age out of foster care and prepare for a life of independence. You could get involved by advocating for his or her best interests in court. You could help create and ensure better outcomes for an older 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

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About Court Appointed Special Advocate - Prince George's County, Inc.

Location:

6811 Kenilworth Ave, Suite 402, Riverdale, MD 20737, US

Mission Statement

CASA, Prince George's County, Inc. provides a voice for abused and neglected children who are living in foster care. CASA volunteers advocate in court for child's best interest. It is our goal to ensure that each child has a safe, permanent, nurturing home.

Description

Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. That's where CASA steps in. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was created in 1977 to make sure the abuse and neglect these children originally suffered at home doesn't continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the system. As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that a child is placed into a safe, loving home where he/she can thrive. It is the CASA vision to provide a volunteer for each and every abused and neglected child who needs one.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

6811 Kenilworth AvenueSuite 402Riverdale, MD 20737

(38.97052,-76.91398)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Development
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Youth Services

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10-12 Hours a month/ one year

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