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ORGANIZATION: CASA of Pinal County

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Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. Too many spend years moving from one temporary home to another. They have no family to call their own. They are more likely than other children to face homelessness, unemployment, even prison as adults. That's why a CASA of Pinal County Volunteer is important. The CASA of Pinal program was created 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.

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About CASA of Pinal County

Location:

Pinal County Juvenile Court, P.O. Box 906, Florence, AZ 85132, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Arizona Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is to promote and support community-based volunteers who provide quality advocacy for abused and neglected children who are involved in the juvenile courts. The CASA of Arizona program is operated locally in all 15 counties by Arizona's Juvenile Courts and is administered statewide by the Arizona Supreme Court. CASA of Pinal County program is a proud affiliate of the CASA of Arizona program and National CASA/GAL Association.

Description

The CASA of Pinal County program recruits, screens, trains, and supervises community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to advocate in court for the safe, permanent future of abused, neglected, and abandoned children.

What does having a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) mean to an abused child? Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they can't - or won't - take care of you. Now, into your life come dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, social workers, judges, lawyers, and more. Having a CASA Volunteer means having a trained and committed adult advocate for your best interests. CASA Volunteers will make sure you don't get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. Your CASA will be there for you until your case is closed.

It is a goal of the CASA of Pinal County program to provide a CASA to every abused and neglected child who needs one. Join our family of volunteers, everyday people like you, who are committed to improving children's lives. Be a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

For more information on how you can be a CASA of Pinal County volunteer or please visit our website, www.CASAofPinalCounty.org,

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Pinal County CASA ProgramPinal County Juvenile CourtFlorence, AZ 85132

SKILLS

  • Child Advocacy
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Advocacy
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Initial training 30 hours, in person or virtual, once certified and assigned a case time commitment varies approximately 15 hours a month, required to visit child minimum of once a month, contact with coordinator minimum of once a month.
  • Be 21 years of age, complete background check, provide references, participate in interview, polygraph, fingerprints, complete 30 hrs pre-service training, virtual or in person.

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