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Court Appointed Special Advocate - Prince George's County, Inc.

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Apply for our next online Pre-Service Training session which begins in January. The sessions will be held live on Zoom once a week from 6-9 pm (total of 6 sessions). There will also be weekly online assignments to complete. Attendance at each session is required.


It is known that incidences of abuse and neglect increase during disasters. You can support the 300 youth in foster care who still need an advocate for their best interests. We are recruiting and training online. New CASA volunteers will have the opportunity to begin mentoring and advocating remotely.

Apply today: http://bit.ly/APPLYpgcasa

Did you know only 54% of youth in foster care earn a high school diploma? And only 2% earn a bachelor’s degree or higher? Many teens must prepare to leave foster care without ever having a caring presence to help guide them on their journey to adulthood. Change a child's story and make a difference in the lives of youth ages 14-21 as a CASA Volunteer.

Duties:

  • Mentor a child or teen twice a month.
  • Write a court report advocating for the teen’s best interests.
  • Present the recommendations in the court report twice a year at civil court hearings.

Qualifications:

  • Interested in working with children and teens.
  • Maintain youth’s confidentiality.
  • Open to learning about child welfare.

Time Requirements:

CASA volunteers are required to volunteer 10-15 hours per month, which includes meeting with their assigned child or teen twice a month and communicating with the important adults in the child/teen’s life. Also, there is a minimum 1-year commitment to the case.

Training:

  • Pre-service training - 30-hour training to learn about trauma-informed volunteering and the impact a CASA volunteer makes on the life of a child or teen.
  • Ongoing in-service training - 12 hours per year to learn about relevant topics to youth today (i.e. disability, educational needs, mental health first aid, etc.)

Benefits:

  • Free professional training.
  • Support and supervision from CASA Case Supervisors for advice and support during your case.
  • Opportunity to make a difference in your community.


Apply today: http://bit.ly/APPLYpgcasa

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About Court Appointed Special Advocate - Prince George's County, Inc.

Location:

6811 Kenilworth Ave, Suite 402, Riverdale, MD 20737, US

Mission Statement

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/Prince George's County, Inc. is a volunteer-based organization that partners with the juvenile court to positively impact the lives of abused and neglected youth living in foster care. CASA volunteers change a child's story by becoming a trusted advocate for the best interests of children and teens.

Description

Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. That's where CASA steps in. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was created in 1977 to make sure the abuse and neglect these children originally suffered at home doesn't continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the system. As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that a child is placed into a safe, loving home where he/she can thrive. It is the CASA vision to provide a volunteer for each and every abused and neglected child who needs one.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

6811 Kenilworth AvenueSuite 402Riverdale, MD 20737

(38.97052,-76.91398)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Advocacy
  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10-15 hours of volunteering a month. 1-year commitment to the organization.
  • Background Check: Criminal Background, Driving Record, Child Abuse, SSN Verification, National Sex Offender Registry, and 3 personal/professional reference checks.

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