Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity? Be a child advocate!
Walk alongside a child in foster care, help them make sense of court hearings, make sure their needs are being met, and help them find a permanent home faster. Piedmont CASA invites you to attend our virtual volunteer training classes and learn more about what it means to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Please complete the online application; http:// www.piedmontcasa.org/ online-application.html. Also visit our website, www.piedmontcasa.org, for more information.
The Volunteer Training classes for Fall 2020 will be offered once a week in the evening for six weeks from 6:00-9:00pm, with additional online training. Training will run Thursday, August 27, 2020 - Thursday, October 1, 2020. We will have future training dates if this training class does not work with your schedule. Please inquire.
In 2019, more than 350 cases of abuse and neglect were substantiated within Barrow, Banks and Jackson County, Georgia. These children need your voice speaking for their best interests within the juvenile court system. Our local foster children need your voice. Won't you help?
What is the CASA volunteer’s role? * A CASA volunteer gathers information about the child’s situation, attends court proceedings and makes a recommendation to the judge so that the judge has the information to make a decision about the child’s future. * The CASA volunteer advocates for the safety, permanency and well-being of the child.
What is required of a CASA? * Commitment: The vast majority of cases last one to two years, and the amount of time spent on a case per month typically averages 5- 7 hours. Volunteers must make case time a priority in order to provide quality advocacy. * Objectivity: Volunteers research case records and speak to everyone involved in a child's life, including their family members, teacher, doctor, lawyer, social worker and others. Their indpendent, third-party evaluations are based on facts, evidence and testimonies. * Communication skills: Once a volunteer has fully evaluated a case, they prepare a written report outlining their recommendation for the child's placement. They must be able to attend court hearings and present their rationale to the judge in court.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Piedmont CASA, Inc. - Barrow, Banks and Jackson Co.
163 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winder, GA 30680, US
To provide abused and neglected children in the Foster Care system of Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties in GA with certified volunteers to advocate for their best interests and be their voice in Juvenile Court.
Piedmont CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
We offer training and support to all of our volunteers. Training is required and it is a six week commitment. We meet in person once a week for six weeks (usually a Thursday evening from 6-9pm). There is also an online component to the training that requires to you walk through online learning modules ahead of each in person class. The online modules take about 2-3 hours and can be completed at your leisure, as long as they are finished before each in person class.