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ORGANIZATION: Voices for Children

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'LGBTQ+ youth who had been in foster care had nearly four times greater odds of being kicked out, abandoned, or running away due to treatment based on their LGBTQ identity compared' (The Trevor Project Research Brief). LGBTQ+ Youth in Riverside County need your help!

Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers help ensure each youth experiencing foster care is safe, happy, and supported during their free time.

Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers gets to know a child’s situation, communicates with professionals on the case, and makes sure the child’s needs are being met. Over time, the volunteer often becomes the most consistent person in a child’s life. Each volunteer is match with one youth or sibling group during the 18-month commitment.

Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers receive 35 hours of extensive training over 3 weeks, and training is a combination of classroom and independent study. Each training session happens once a month, and each month’s times and location vary to best fit your schedule.

After passing all requirements and training, Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer is match with a staff member for support and guidance, followed by matching with a youth currently experiencing foster care. We ask for a minimum 18-month commitment with 10-15 hours per month.

We invite you to join us for an Information Session to learn all of the details of this opportunity!

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About Voices for Children

Location:

2851 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego, CA 92123, US

Mission Statement

Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused children in San Diego County by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). We believe that every child deserves a safe and permanent home, and to that end, will review and monitor every court file in the system, provide a CASA to every child in the foster care system who needs one, and advocate to improve the lives of San Diego County’s foster children.

Description

CASAs can change the trajectory of a foster child’s life. They focus on an individual child’s needs, working one-on-one with a child or set of siblings. They provide a source of consistency and stability, visiting with their case children at least once a month. CASAs gather information from files and reports and communicate with social workers, family members, school officials, and other professionals in the children’s lives. They use this information and firsthand observations to advocate for the children’s best interests in Court, as well as in other aspects of their lives, such as education, health, and living arrangements. No experience is necessary! We provide all the training you’ll need, as well as a dedicated staff supervisor to partner with you on the case. With just 10-15 hours a month, you can make a difference in the life of a foster child!

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
LGBTQ+
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, LGBTQ+

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

All over Riverside CountyRiverside County, CA 92506

(33.94157,-117.3734)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Advocacy
  • Child Development
  • Child Advocacy

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 18-month commitment with 10-15 hours per month Youth Visitation flexible – we work with your and the youth’s schedule Attend a Court Hearing every 6 months Occasional daytime meeting
  • 21 years or older. Have reliable access to a vehicle. Maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries. Clear a criminal background check. Be willing to drive to a variety of locations throughout Riverside County. -mileage reimbursed benefit

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