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CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates

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Every child has a chance- IT'S YOU!

Purpose: Volunteer Your Time to Change a Child's Life. Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As a CASA Volunteer Advocate, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in these children’s lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child deserves. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.

Volunteers get to know the child by talking with everyone in that child's life: foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, therapists, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform the Guardian ad Litem attorney of what they believe is in the child's best interests.

Benefits to the CASA: This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to help children and have a deeper volunteer commitment. However, this is also a great option for those who are interested in learning more about social work, the legal system, foster care, and mental health. Volunteers gain confidence as they learn to problem solve, take initiative, and work with a variety of professionals in the child welfare system.

Location: CASA’s serve children across the state of Utah. This location serves those in 3rd District with covers Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. If you live outside of these counties please visit UtahCASA.org to find your local Program Coordinator.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Visit child at least 2x a month
  • Report via e-mail to the child’s assigned Guardian ad Litem regarding visits
  • Maintain confidentiality with the Office of Guardian ad Litem
  • Provide hearing report prior to child’s court date
  • Periodically check with the child's school and teachers as to absence and grades and to report those findings to the Guardian ad Litem

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About CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates

Location:

450 S. State Street, Salt Lake, UT 84014, US

Mission Statement

There are thousands of children who enter Utah's child welfare system each year due to being abused or neglected by their caregivers. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) give these vulnerable children a voice by advocating for their safety and well-being. Our Vision is to be leaders in child advocacy, and to provide the highest level of representation to children and their best interests.

Description

CASA was created in 1977 by a judge in Washington who wanted to make sure he was making decisions that were in the best interest of the child. Utah CASA has been serving child victims of abuse and neglect for 25 years. CASAs work closely with the child's Guardian ad Litem attorney who is their legal representation in court. CASAs provide the child's attorney with current and relevant information that they have gathered through investigation and time spent with the child.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

450 S. State StreetSalt LakeSalt Lake, UT 84114

(40.7761,-111.890)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Child Development
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask volunteers to visit their assigned child(ren) a minimum of twice a month and then report back to the Guardian ad Litem via email. On average, volunteers spend 5-10 hours a month working on their case.
  • Must be able to commit to the child for at least a year.

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