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.
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer is assigned to a child (or sibling group) involved in a deprivation case. The Volunteer speaks up for the child's best interests throughout the child's journey through the child welfare system. The CASA volunteer conducts an independent fact-gathering mission to provide the judicial system with enough information to make a permanency plan for each child involved. The CASA's only job is to speak for the child, to assure his or her best interests do not get overlooked while in protective custody, and to assist in having the child placed in a safe, nurturing, permanent home as quickly as possible.
The CASA's volunteer assignment is: -To gather information to ascertain the facts and circumstances of the child's situation -To seek cooperative solutions (with: DFCS caseworkers, parents, relatives, other agencies, etc.) which will serve the child's best interests -To seek a permanent plan for the child in a permanent placement -To maintain strict confidentiality of all information related to a child or their families -To provide written reports of findings and recommendations to the CASA program staff five business days prior to court hearings -To attend court hearings and reviews to represent the child's best interests -To communicate regularly with program staff about the case and advocacy steps taken to ensure the best interest of the child is advocated for -To maintain genuine care and concern for the best interest of the child -To successfully complete the pre-requisites of the CASA screening process