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Help Build a Future for a Teen Before Aging Out of Foster Care: Be a CASA

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CASA of Maricopa County - Phoenix Metro Area

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All teenagers need a consistent adult in their life to ensure they have ongoing support and the resources they’ll need to step out into the world as an independent person. Teenagers in foster care especially need this support and guidance. As a CASA volunteer, you can provide this support along with advocacy for their best interest to help teens in need move in a positive direction; A monthly investment of your time that can change the course of a life. Learn how you can help a teen in foster care change the course of their life by providing a voice for their best interest in court and advocating for their needs before aging out. Make a difference and change the story for not only the teen's future, but the future of our world.

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is an everyday citizen appointed by a judge to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes. No prior experience is necessary. We provide all the training you’ll need, along with a team to support you on your case. Your role will be to gather information from reports, social workers, doctors, family members and other professionals in the child's life. With the information you collect, you’ll represent the child’s best interest in court. A child with a CASA is more likely to receive targeted services and spend less time in out of home care.

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About CASA of Maricopa County - Phoenix Metro Area

Location:

Juvenile Court Center, 3131 W. Durango St, Phoenix, AZ 85009, US

Mission Statement

CASA of Maricopa County’s mission is to ensure that the best interests of an abused or neglected child are represented in court, so no child falls through the cracks. The program trains and empowers community volunteers to serve at the request of Maricopa County Juvenile Court Judges as advocates for children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents.

Description

CASA of Maricopa County - Phoenix Metro Area

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is the only agency authorized to advocate for the best interests of child victims in Arizona. CASA volunteers hold to the belief that there are no hopeless children, only children who have yet to experience hope.

Who Becomes a CASA Volunteer?
CASA volunteers are everyday people just like you. They are realtors, school principals, pilots, web designers, plumbers, small business owners, retirees and stay-at-home moms and dads and vary in age from 21 to 83.

No special skills or degrees are required, only the desire to make a difference in an abused child's life. You must be at least 21 years of age, participate in our comprehensive screening process and training program, and make a 15-20 hour monthly commitment in order to ensure stability for the children we serve.

The only special background you should have is the heart to care for the most vulnerable children in our community, and the determination to do something about their current situation.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Justice & Legal

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Juvenile Court CentersVarious LocationsMaricopa CountyPhoenix Metro, North, South, East and West Valley, AZ 85009

(33.44381,-112.1311)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Child Advocacy
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Youth Services
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 15-20 hours per month
  • ability to travel within Maricopa County

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