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ORGANIZATION: CASA of Southwest Michigan

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YOU can change a child’s story.

Each year hundreds of children are in foster care in St. Joseph County (MI). We stand for them. WE invite you to join us and make a lasting difference in their lives. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer advocates in the community and courtroom for the best interests of foster children. Kids who have suffered abuse, neglect and trauma.

We are always looking for volunteers with a passion for children to join us in this important work.

It's ok if you know nothing about foster care, children or their needs. We've got you! All training (remote) will be provided. For an application, or to learn more, please contact: Jamie Brooks: jamie@casaswmi.org or 269-934-3707. For more information about our CASA of Southwest Michigan visit CASAswmi.org and for information on National CASA please visit casaforchildren.org.

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About CASA of Southwest Michigan

Location:

P.O. Box 1146, Benton Harbor, MI 48023, US

Mission Statement

The mission of CASA of Southwest Michigan, Inc. is to provide specially selected and highly trained community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of each abused and neglected child in pursuit of a safe and permanent home. Our Vision: Helping a child in foster care create a life of promise, possibilities, and permanency.

Description

At any given time in our service area (Berrien and St. Joseph County MI) over 400 children live in foster care due to abuse or neglect. The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Southwest Michigan appreciates our 56 Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers who continue to make a difference in the lives of foster children and youth as well as Berrien and St. Joseph County (MI) foster families that have opened their homes and remained resilient during the COVID 19 pandemic.

A CASA Volunteer plays a critical role by advocating in the community and courtroom for the best interests of foster children. Having a CASA Volunteer as a caring consistent adult in the life of a child who has suffered abuse or neglect-someone who listens, checks in, follows up, holds the system accountable and puts the child’s best interest before all others’ -can make all the difference. Highly trained CASA volunteers step up to provide judges with the information they need to act in the best interests of the child.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Centreville, MI 49032

(41.92338,-85.52832)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Advocacy

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 20
  • Orientation or Training
  • About 5-20 hours per week, mileage is reimbursed
  • A kind heart, arms that hug, a gentle smile and a love of kids.

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