Role-models wanted for young men in foster care!


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Cause Areas

When

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

Where

6811 Kenilworth AvenueSuite 402Riverdale, MD 20737

About

Objective:
It is time to do something about the overwhelming number of young men in Prince George’s County who are growing up without the benefit of a stable and meaningful positive male role model. Young men in foster care are at a greater risk for dropping out of school, getting involved with drugs, and becoming homeless. The need for strong support in their lives is urgent. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/ Prince George’s County recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for the needs of youth living in foster care.
The discrepancy between young men in foster care and male CASA volunteers is significant. While 50% of the youth CASA volunteers serve are young men who have been abused or neglected; only 10% of CASA’s volunteer advocates are men, able to draw from their perspective and experiences as they advocate for and mentor the young man in need.

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 www.pgcasa.org/become-a-volunteer.
● 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!
● Our next training will begin Thursday, April 9th, runs on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9pm, and 2 additional trainings are provided for volunteers assigned to youth 14 or older. It will take place at 6811 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale, MD 20737.

Information Session:
If you would like to learn more about the volunteer role, you are encouraged to attend our information session on February 20th, 2018 at 6pm.
Location - 6811 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale, MD 20737.
RSVP to volunteer@pgcasa.org

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 lacks a positive male role model and influence in their life. You could get involved by advocating for his best interests in court. You could help create and ensure better outcomes for a youth in need by being a part of his team. For more information, please visit our website at www.pgcasa.org or call 301-209-0491.

Contact:
Brianna Tiedeman - 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

Skills

  • Child Welfare
  • Child Advocacy
  • Youth Services
  • Advocacy

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 12-15 hours per month

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