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COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES OF NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN

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The responsibility of the Court-Appointed Special Advocate is to plead the best interests of the child before a judicial court. They are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make certain the children don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish overlong in inappropriate group or foster homes.

Children are a valuable future resource. When allowed to grow and develop haphazardly, they can create serious problems for society. Helping to keep these young vulnerable citizens on a positive path is a job of great importance and deserves the CASA full and committed attention.

What qualities make a good child advocate? Such a person is one who...

  • Makes no judgment until relevant information has been thoroughly gathered.
  • Keeps a focus on the goal of a stable permanent home.
  • Knows the child and the living situation.
  • Is aware of pros and cons of possible alternative options.
  • Knows the law about review hearings, mandated deadlines and financial incentives.
  • Prepares a written report to present in court based on his or her own personal observations and knowledge. He or she should never simply parrot the recommendations of the other parties.

In practice, a child advocate should care about only one issue: the child’s best interests. Every other party or participant in the child’s case plan presumably has an agenda that includes the best interests of others, so in this respect the CASAs recommendation to the court is unique. For example, state law may require a birth parent to meet a bare minimum standard to get a child returned. Meeting that minimum standard, however, should not automatically guarantee reunification. The advocate’s job is to include this information in providing an opinion about the best interests of the child. The advocate’s ultimate recommendation to the court should be wholly independent.

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Location:

304 S MARKET ST STE 200, SCOTTSBORO, AL 35768, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the voice for children who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect. Our vision is to serve every child in Jackson County and Dekalb County by providing them with a caring and competent trained volunteer.

Description

Court Appointed Special Advocates of North Sand Mountain will provide abused, neglected or abandoned children with a highly trained volunteer to advocate for the child’s best interest before family courts in the counties of Jackson and Dekalb in the State of Alabama. Our volunteers will be recruited, screened and trained by paid staff. Our staff and volunteers will then work in conjunction with the judges, lawyers, and social workers to help ensure children receive appropriate care and support while navigating the court, child welfare, and foster care systems.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Scottsboro, AL 35768

(34.73309,-86.07335)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Welfare
  • Case Work / Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers must make contact at minimum of biweekly and must see the child at least once a month

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