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CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) - Dane County, WI

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ORGANIZATION: Canopy Center

  • 56 people are interested

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) provide a voice in the court for a child involved with the Dane County child welfare system for a case of abuse, neglect, or other situation impacting the child’s safety, permanency, or well-being. This is a crucial role for some of Dane County’s most vulnerable children.

CASAs are appointed by and act as the eyes and ears for the juvenile court judge. Advocates make weekly visits to their assigned child (either in the parental home, foster home, residential treatment facility, at school, or in the community), as well as correspond with caregivers, teachers, and other service providers to get a complete picture of the child’s history and current circumstances. CASAs, with the support of Dane County CASA staff, provide written reports to judges and parties to the case, helping them to make more informed decisions that ensure the child reaches a safe and permanent home as soon as possible. CASAs also work cooperatively with social workers, attorneys, and other professionals involved in the case to recommend and coordinate services that support the best interests of the child.

If you're interested in this rewarding volunteer opportunity, please fill out a Dane County CASA volunteer application: https://wi-dane.evintosolutions.com/VolunteerApplication

Please note that while everyone is invited to apply, this is an in-demand volunteer position, meaning we are unable to take on all applicants as CASAs. Due to Dane County CASA's strong volunteer retention rate and the interest of new volunteers outweighing the case demand, applicants should expect to wait a year or more before they are able to receive training. As we are able, we will send out updates regarding training sessions to applicants.

Duties and Activities

  • Weekly meetings with an assigned child, as well as ongoing communication with family members and other professionals involved in their case.
  • Review and monitor documents and records related to the case, including checking that case plans and court orders are being followed.
  • Advocate for the child’s best interests to the court and raise concerns about the child’s health, education, mental health, etc. with the appropriate professionals.
  • Keep the court informed by providing written reports for court hearings, appearing in court when necessary, and updating the court on developments with agencies and family members.
  • Work cooperatively with individuals and organizations involved in the child’s life to ensure that the child and their family are receiving appropriate services. As one volunteer said: Be the glue that connects the pieces in a complicated child welfare system.

Time Commitment

  • Minimum 12 month commitment.
  • A minimum of 1 weekly (1-2 hour) visit with the assigned child.
  • Estimated 8-12 hours monthly to prepare weekly status updates, monthly court reports, and communicate with other professionals involved in the case.

Qualifications: General

  • Be at least 21 years old with high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Complete a Volunteer Application, clear a background check, and attend a volunteer interview.
  • Attend trainings specific to the volunteer position.
  • Ability to work with a diverse population.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and objectivity.
  • Access to reliable transportation.
  • Warm, friendly demeanor and positive attitude.

Preferred Knowledge and Skills

  • Computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Personal and/or professional experience with child protective agencies, foster care, juvenile court, or other child service agencies.
  • Bilingual volunteers strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Benefits

  • Direct experience for those interested in counseling, social work, law, and other related fields.
  • Learn about issues facing children and families with special needs.
  • Develop communication and report-writing skills.
If you have any questions or concerns about the position, please feel free to contact volunteercoordinator@canopycenter.org for more information.

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About Canopy Center

Location:

2445 Darwin Road, Suite 15, Madison, WI 53704, US

Mission Statement

Canopy Center's mission is to help strengthen families and support children, teens, and adults impacted by trauma and adversity. We are committed to providing culturally competent and diverse professional, volunteer, and peer services.

Description

Canopy Center was established in 1977 in response to parents who were reaching out for help. Today, Canopy Center is a non-profit organization providing three distinct programs:

Parent-to-Child Family Interaction Program (P2C) - an extension of Dane County Human Services, which provides supervised visitation on nights and weekends to families in the foster care system.

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Dane and Columbia Counties - a program that trains and supervises community volunteers to work with children in the child welfare system. CASA provides support, resources, and advocacy for these children.

Oasis Sexual Abuse Treatment - individual and group therapy for children and adults who have been victims of sexual abuse as well as their non-offending caregivers.

Our philosophy and beliefs:

  • Every person has worth, dignity and potential for growth.
  • Every person is unique and deserves to have a voice in identifying and addressing their needs.
  • Every person needs positive social connections to fully develop their sense of self and community.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Justice & Legal
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Justice & Legal

WHEN

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WHERE

2445 Darwin RoadSuite 15Madison, WI 53704

(43.12843,-89.34956)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Development
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Advocacy
  • Case Work / Management

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.

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