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Summit County Court Appointed Special Advocate

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VANTAGE Aging RSVP

PROGRAM GOALS/PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • To provide independent, factual information to the court regarding abused and neglected children
  • To provide advocacy for abused and neglected children who are subject of judicial proceedings
  • To monitor cases involving abused and neglected children until the terms of the court order have been fulfilled
  • To conduct independent and objective analysis concerning abused and neglected children
  • To factually and objectively report findings and observations to the court
  • To ensure representation of the child’s best interest in all judicial proceedings
  • To monitor cases following a court hearing or decision as designated by the court

THE CASA VOLUNTEER
Completes an intensive independent review of each case:
  • Speaks with the child and relevant adults
  • Reviews appropriate records and reports
  • Observes the child and significant others
Reports findings to the court:
  • Provides a written report containing factual information
  • Attends court hearings concerning the child
  • Participates in case conferences concerning the child
Ensures representation of the child’s best interest:
  • Attends all court hearings to see that all relevant facts are presented
  • Attends appropriate interagency meetings regarding the child
  • Prods public systems into action
Monitors cases following a court hearing or decision as designated by the court and consults regularly with the volunteer coordinator concerning assigned cases.

REQUIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES
  • Ability to keep all client and court information confidential
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to respect and relate to people from various backgrounds (economic, cultural, educational) in a variety of settings
  • Ability to transport self to a variety of settings
  • Proof of valid Ohio drivers license and vehicle insurance
  • Ability to deal with hostility, anger and other emotional attitudes
  • Ability to maintain objectivity
  • Ability to gather and record factual information accurately
  • A basic understanding of child development
  • A basic understanding of family relationships
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must be able to successfully pass a criminal and child welfare background check

TRAINING
  • CASA volunteers are required to attend approximately 40 hours of pre-serve training
  • CASA volunteers follow guidelines established by the National CASA Association
  • CASA volunteers will attend 12 hours of in-service training annually
  • CASA volunteers will receive direct supervision and guidance from program staff

TIME COMMITMENT

  • Volunteers are required to commit themselves to the program for 24 months
  • Volunteers are expected to be available for case assignment and to accept cases unless other arrangements have been made

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About VANTAGE Aging RSVP

Location:

2279 Romig Rd, Akron, OH 44320, US

Mission Statement

Promoting a positive perspective on aging.

Description

VANTAGE Aging promotes positive aging through a variety of programs and services for older adults. Our nonprofit organization serves 38 counties and is headquartered in Akron, Ohio. In Summit and Medina Counties, we facilitate the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for those 55 and older who want to make a meaningful impact in the community. We also offer employment training, home care and home health aide assistance, nutrition and home-delivered meal services, alcohol and drug addiction counseling, and mental health and prevention services.

Children & Youth
Justice & Legal
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

650 Dan StreetAkron, OH 44310

(41.09204,-81.49718)
 

SKILLS

  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service
  • Child Development
  • Organization
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Child Welfare

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 55
  • Orientation or Training

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