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ORGANIZATION: CASA for Children of DC

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Advocate for Children and Change a child’s life

Court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect, or had contact with the juvenile justice system. Each volunteer is appointed by a judge to advocate for a child’s best interest in court. Our volunteers help judges develop a fuller picture of each child’s life. Their advocacy enables judges to make the most well-informed decision for each child.

  • CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for children’s best interests. They stay with each case until it is closed and the child is in a safe, permanent home. We serve children from birth through the 21.
  • Volunteers work with legal and child welfare professionals, educators, and service providers to ensure that judges have all the information they need to make the most well-informed decisions for each child.
  • Our best-interest advocacy is driven by the guiding principle that children grow and develop best with their family of origin, if that can be safely achieved. Most of the children we work with are in foster care, and/or had contact with the juvenile justice system, but some are with their family of origin. Our goal is a safe and permanent home.

Training:
Pre-service training to learn about trauma-informed volunteering and the impact a CASA makes in the life of a youth. - ONGOING IN-SERVICE TRAINING: 12 hours per year to learn about relevant topics to support your youth.

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About CASA for Children of DC

Location:

220 I St. NE, Suite 285, Washington, DC 20002, US

Mission Statement

CASA DC connects court-involved youth in DC with the one-on-one support of a specially-trained supportive adult figure - a Court Appointed Special Advocate - who can advocate for their best interests and promote positive outcomes. Volunteers are recruited, trained, and supported by CASA DC to serve the particular needs of DC’s foster children and justice-involved youth.

Description

CASA for Children of DC is a leading voice in advocacy for court-involved youth in the District of Columbia. CASA DC connects specially-trained volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to support vulnerable and at-risk youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system. CASA volunteers develop a mentor-like relationship with their youth and advocate for their youth’s best interests in Court, promoting greater outcomes and the opportunity to thrive. CASA DC started in 2002 to create a legacy of advocacy, born from a desire to provide DC foster care children and justice-involved youth with a consistent adult in what can easily become a whirlwind of attorneys, social workers and related professionals. This all begins with 15 hours minimum a month.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Community

WHEN

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WHERE

220 I St. NESuite 285Washington D.C.Washington D.C., DC 20002

(38.90151,-77.0026)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Child Welfare
  • Community Outreach
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • CASA volunteers are required to meet with youth twice a month and communicate with important adults in the youth's life. Attend hearings once per quarter. A minimum 1-year commitment to the case for consistency for the youth.
  • Background check, Child Protective Registry, Driver's license if transporting youth, Vaccine as outlined above

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