The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Life Stories Child & Family Advocacy is seeking caring, community members to join our CASA Program. The primary role of a CASA is to advocate on behalf of children who have faced abuse or neglect. A CASA is appointed to a case by a judge to help children who are part of open court cases in Weld County. The goal of the program is to ensure all of these children end up in safe, permanent homes.
We recruit, screen, train, and supervise volunteers while they help abused and neglected youth navigate through the court system. As a CASA, you are the one consistent adult in these children’s lives, fighting for them, and ensuring they are treated with dignity and respect. CASA volunteers should work first, last, and always in the best interest of the child. Our next training begins June 1 st.
Must be 21 years of age
Pass the required background checks
Provide 3 references
Make a commitment to serve as a CASA for a minimum of 18 months
Be willing to volunteer ~10-12 hours/month
Most of this time is spent with the child (meet with them 3-4 times/month)
Complete 30 hours of training provided by the CASA Program
Attend 12 hours of continuing education sessions each year
Maintain strict confidentiality
Write a court report for each hearing
Maintain objectivity and professionalism in dealing with children, parents, and all other parties involved in the case
Possess written and verbal skills
For more information, please visit www.lifestoriesweld.org/casa/ or call Kodie at 970-353-5970.