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Cause Areas

When

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

Where

9300 Quincy AvenueCleveland, OH 44106


About

CASA VOLUNTEERS LISTEN FIRST, AND THEN THEY ACT

Volunteers get to know the child by talking to them and with everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.

Roles & responsibilities of CASA volunteers:

  • Know the child - To establish a relationship, the CASA shall have regular and sufficient in-person contact with the child where the child lives, attends school, and participates in community activities so they can ensure that child’s voice is heard.
  • Investigation - The CASA volunteer shall carry out an objective examination of the situation, including relevant history, environment, relationships, and needs of the child by reviewing all relevant documents and records; interviewing the child, parents, social workers, teachers, and other appropriate persons; and observing the child in his or her natural environments.
  • Advocacy - Identify and make recommendations regarding the best interests of the child to the Juvenile Court and others.
  • Facilitation - Identify resources and services for the child and facilitate a collaborative relationship among all parties involved in the case, helping to create a situation in which the child’s needs are met.
  • Monitoring - Remain actively involved until the case is terminated and the child is in a safe and permanent living environment.

Skills

  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Child Welfare
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Initial 30 hr training
  • 12 hours/month, for 2 years, or length of a case
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