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Court Appointed Special Advocate

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CASA of Sangamon County

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are community volunteers, just like you, who stand up and speak out to help abused and neglected children. CASA of Sangamon County recruits, trains, and supports citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.

Nobody longs for a safe and loving home more than a child in foster care. As a CASA volunteer, you will be empowered by the court to help make this dream a reality. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for abused or neglected children, to ensure they don't get lost in the social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many of the children we serve, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

No special background or education is required to become a volunteer CASA. We encourage people from all cultures and professions and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds. Once accepted into the program, you will receive all necessary training in courtroom procedures, social services, and the special needs of abused or neglected children. Won't you join Sangamon County CASA and change a child's story.

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About CASA of Sangamon County

Location:

1101 East Monroe, Springfield, IL 62703, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Sangamon County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is to provide court appointed volunteers to advocate for the abused, neglected and/or dependent children who are involved in the Sangamon County juvenile court system. Sangamon County CASA will also educate the community regarding its responsibility for children who have been abused and/or neglected and found to be dependent.

Description

Become a CASA Volunteer! Children in foster care who have a CASA volunteer are more likely to succeed in school and adjust to change. And they are half as likely to re-enter the foster care system later. As a volunteer, you can make all the difference for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect in our community. Get involved and change a child's story.

Children & Youth

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Sangamon County Child Advocacy CenterCASA1101 E MonroeSpringfield, IL 62703

(39.76468,-89.63458)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Advocacy
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Approximately 6 - 10 hours per month. Preservice training is approximately 30 hours.
  • Be available to visit assigned youth monthly; be available for court appearances with advance notice; be willing to commit to the program until your 1st case is closed at a minimum; advocate for assigned youth in written court reports.

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