Local Child Advocates needed!
16 people are interested
We are planning our next training group and would love to hear from you!
We have an on going need for everyday people to volunteer as CASA's (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to represent to the court the best interest of our children in care. There are over 200 children in Skagit county who are abandoned or victims of abuse or neglect. We need people in our community to be a voice for these children. Our next training is coming up and we would love to tell you more about how you can advocate for an abused or neglected child.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are community volunteers who are appointed by judges to advocate in court for abused and/or neglected children. When a child is in danger living at home, the Department of Children, Youth and Family (DCYF) may step in and say that the child needs to be moved to a safe environment. In order to determine what circumstances will keep the child safe, the case is brought to court where a judge will rule where the child should go.
Once a case is brought to court, the judge appoints a CASA volunteer to the child. The CASA volunteer researches the child's situation - this includes talking to the child as well as the child's parents, teachers, counselors... anyone who plays a significant role in the child's life - and then forms an educated recommendation as to what is in that child's best interests to maintain well-being and encourage safe permanency. Once the CASA volunteer determines the child's best interests, they write a report to the judge recommending a home placement (returning to their previous homes, foster care, staying with relatives...) and services to address any unique, unmet needs that the child has.
CASA volunteers spend an average of ten hours a month working on a case, though typically they spend more time at the beginning of a case than they do towards the end. Cases generally last at least a year, and we ask that each volunteer commits to remaining a volunteer as long as their case is open. Children face a constant rotation of judges, social workers, and foster homes, but all the while their CASA volunteer remains a stable and constant adult in their lives.
Skagit County CASA will be holding their next training session in April. If you are interested in being a voice for a child in care, please visit us at www.skagitcasa.com for more information or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SkagitCasa or respond to this ad. Thank you!
28 CLEs are now available for attorneys who complete the CASA course.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
We'll work with your schedule.
611 S 2nd StMt Vernon, WA 98273
- Child Development
- Child Welfare
- People Skills
- Critical Thinking
- Youth Services
- Child Advocacy
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 8-12 hours per month