Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are trained volunteers appointed by the judge to represent the best interest of children in the court system due to abuse or neglect. A child with a CASA is more likely to succeed in school, receive additional services they need while in the system, and reach permanency sooner. Volunteers are required to go through 30 hours of pre-service training.
The CASA stays with the child until permanency is reached and their case is closed. CASAs spend time with the child, getting to know their needs and wishes, getting to know other parties involved in the case, checking pertinent records as needed, and making recomendations to the court that are in the child's best interest.
A potential volunteer must be at least 21 years of age, have a GED or High School Diploma, able to communicate in a professional manner, maintain objectivity, and have access to reliable transportation.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About FOUNTAIN HILL CENTER FOR COUNSELING AND CONSULTATION
534 FOUNTAIN ST NE, GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49503, US
The mission of the Fountain Hill Center for Counseling and Consultation is to provide pathways to healing and transformation, both personal and relational, through diverse and innovative therapeutic, educational, evaluative, and consultative services.
The Fountain Hill Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has been since it was incorporated in 1976. Our primary office is the Bundy House, located in downtown Grand Rapids’s Heritage Hill neighborhood. In 2002, we opened a secondary office in New Era, MI (Oceana County), to better serve the needs of clients located in the northern portion of our service area. The majority of our therapists provide services solely from our Grand Rapids location, but two therapists currently call our Lakeshore location "home base," while others travel between the two locations.
In 2016 we became the non-profit umbrella and supervising authority for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Oceana County. The CASA program recruits, trains, and supports volunteers who work with children in the Oceana County Court system due to abuse or neglect. CASAs are appointed by the judge to represent the best interest of these children. A child with a CASA will most likely do better in school, receive all services they need, and reach permanency sooner.
Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Justice & Legal
We'll work with your schedule.
PO Box 1Hart, MI49420
January 21, 2020
Basic Computer Skills
Verbal / Written Communication
Must be at least 21
12-20 hours per month
Must have reliable transportation and GED or High School Diploma