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ORGANIZATION: Children in Placement-CT, Inc.

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You have the power to change a child victim's story!

Children in Placement (CIP), the only advocacy agency of its kind that is focused on serving children and families in the child welfare system throughout Connecticut. Protecting the lives of innocent and defenseless children is a value that is deeply ingrained in humanity; however, there are parents who absent themselves and/or fail to provide a safe, nurturing home for their children, often resulting in the children falling victim to abuse, neglect or abandonment and becoming wards of the state, through no fault of their own.

Children in Placement is a non-profit organization that trains local volunteers throughout Connecticut to advocate for abused and neglected children in foster care.

Our volunteers are trained to be Guardians ad Litem (GALs) and are assigned to 1-2 cases, acting as the eyes and ears of the court while evaluating the needs of the child and helping the child find a safe, permanent home. Volunteer work as a GAL includes visiting the child in their foster home monthly, consulting with professionals in the child's life such as teachers and therapists, exploring potential resources for the child, and advocating for the child's best interests in court. GALs do not need to be attorneys or have any other specific educational or professional backgrounds.

Research indicates that children with a GAL volunteer are significantly less likely to languish in long-term foster care and are less likely to re-enter foster care later. For many abused children, their GAL volunteer allows them to feel heard and is a source of consistency in their tumultuous lives.

To participate in this opportunity, please contact us or fill out the volunteer application at: www.childreninplacement.org

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About Children in Placement-CT, Inc.

Location:

155 East St, Suite 202, New Haven, CT 06511, US

Mission Statement

Advocating for the best interests of Connecticut’s abused and neglected children throughout the child welfare and judicial systems; Children in Placement secures safe homes, supportive services, and a stable transition into adulthood by objectively assessing and supporting each child’s situation.

Description

Children in Placement is a 501(c)3 non-profit that has been helping the children of Connecticut since 1979. We strive to be Connecticut’s recognized leader and, in this role, bring awareness, partnerships, resources and systemic policy changes supporting children and youth in accessing the supports they need to develop and eventually become successful adults.

CAUSE AREAS

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

WHEN

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WHERE

60 Housatonic AveBridgeport, CT 06604

(41.1783,-73.1967)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Welfare
  • Child Advocacy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Case Work / Management
  • Youth Services

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5-15 Hours per Month
  • Access to vehicle, bilingual skills a plus, requires 2 year commitment, 40 hours of training

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