Are you interested in helping a child have a voice?
In becoming a CASA volunteer you will become the voice for a child in a court proceeding, which often overlooks the wants, needs and desires of the child.
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 are more likely than other children to face homelessness, unemployment, even prison as adults. That's why Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children are important. CASA 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.
CASA of Union County is currently recruiting for our Spring 2017 class of volunteer advocates. These volunteers will receive intensive training to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate their way through the court and child welfare systems. They will learn how to advocate for the best interest of children and make sure that the children receive the services and assistance necessary to ensure that they move as quickly as possible toward safe and permanent homes.
Please note: No legal or social service experience is required, but you must be 21 years of age. The CASA training is approximately thirty hours, and the volunteer is required to make an eighteen month commitment. By law, volunteers must have a full criminal background check and fingerprint check, as well as a screening interview before beginning training.
We are especially in need of bilingual - particularly Spanish-speaking - volunteers.
Information about upcoming info sessions and the training schedule are available on our website: www.casaofunioncounty.org.
If you would like more information about how to join our Fall class of volunteer advocates (or a future class) please contact Courtney Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.