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ORGANIZATION: CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CASA INC

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After completing the 30 hour pre-service training course, advocates are sworn in by a judge, meet with their advocate coordinator and select a case. From there, advocates will perform monthly home visits with the child in their foster home, and meet with any other professionals (teachers, therapists, social workers, etc.) in the child's life. This is to ensure that the best interests of the child are being advocated for. Our advocates also write a court report that gets submitted to the judge, which includes important information from all of the visits and meetings attended, as well as recommendations for the court to consider. You will receive all of the training you need to be successful, and will continuously have support and additional training from professional staff throughout your time with CASA. We ask for a two year commitment, because that is the average length of a case. The typical amount of time spent a month working on your CASA case is between three (3) to ten (10) hours.

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About CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CASA INC

Location:

301 S. Vine, Suite 210, Urbana, IL 61801, US

Mission Statement

"Speaking up for the best interest of abuse and neglected children in the court system."

Description

CASA is a not-for-profit organization that trains volunteers who are interested in working with abused and neglected children and becoming their eyes and voice in the courtroom. Our volunteers (advocates) go through a 30-hour training course, and our next session will be September 2022. In the training session volunteers will learn about various topics that impact the youth we work with and about what advocates do include: cultural competency, interviewing, child development, mental health, etc. Volunteers will learn about the court system and about how much the CASA attorneys and the Circuit Court judges rely on the information CASA volunteers provide in order to make reasonable judgments for the child. We have approximately 400 children in our foster care system in Champaign County. Taking a case involves visiting the child at least once a month. A formal report is required for each court hearing and we provide training for how to write them. On average, a case will last for approximately two years; therefore, we request a two-year commitment from our volunteers. If you are interested in applying to become a volunteer advocate, please email Hannah Mauch at hmauch@casa4kids.org, and apply at www.casa4kids.org/volunteer. Thank you!

CAUSE AREAS

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

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

301 S. VineSuite 210Urbana, IL 61801

(40.11036,-88.20647)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Advocacy
  • Child Advocacy

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 30 Hour Training Course- begins on September 20th, 2022 at 6PM. After training, the average time spent on a case is 3-10 hours per month.
  • You must fill out and application and have three references. For a full list of requirements, please visit our website.

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