Be the Voice of Youth in Foster Care as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

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ORGANIZATION: CHILD AND FAMILY ADVOCATES OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY

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Be a voice for local kids and youth in foster care! CASA of Cuyahoga County recruits, trains, and supports community-based CASA volunteers-Court Appointed Special Advocates- who act as independent fact-finders for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court in local foster youth cases involving child abuse and neglect. CASAs collect information to helps jurists make the best decision for a safe, caring, and permanent home for children and youth involved in our juvenile justice and child welfare systems. CASAs are everyday citizens who are trained and appointed by the court to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who are at risk of abuse, neglect, dependency, and aging-out of the foster care system. CASAs are assigned at the earliest stages of a child's case, and continue to be an advocate for the child through their time in the court system. CASAs work collaboratively with all parties on the case, including attorneys, GALs, parents, and CCDCFS child protection specialists, to promote the best interests of children. CASAs must be eligible to spend at least 10 hours a month advocating for their court-assigned child. The CASA is responsible for the investigation, facilitation, advocacy, and monitoring of the assigned child's case of abuse, neglect, and/or dependency, and to represent the child's best interests in Court. Volunteer Requirements: At least 21 years of age; have access to transportation; pass background checks & screening; complete 30 hours of training; respect and relate to people of various backgrounds; gather and record factual information accurately; communicate effectively; maintain objectivity/perspective; work within established program policies and procedures, and accept supervision from paid program staff. Take a stand ~ Make a difference ~ Change a life ~ Get Involved Today! Those interested in becoming a CASA, visit https://cfadvocates.org/ to apply or call 216.325.7747 for more information.

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About CHILD AND FAMILY ADVOCATES OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY

Location:

12200 FAIRHILL RD STE E193, CLEVELAND, OH 44120, US

Mission Statement

To make a difference for every child served through advocacy, education, and collaborative alliances.

Description

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC) improves the lives of children and families involved in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and family law systems through service as volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates; education and training, advocacy, practice, and policy development; and collaborative alliances with related organizations.

CAUSE AREAS

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

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

12200 Fairhill RoadSte E193Cleveland, OH 44120

(41.49185,-81.59705)
 

SKILLS

  • Advocacy
  • Child Advocacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 years total serving on a child's case, 10 hours a month minimum spent visiting and advocating for the child(ren). Complete 30 hours of training prior to being assigned to a child's case; 12 hours of CE training annually.
  • Pass screening; complete training; respect and relate to people of various backgrounds; gather and record factual information accurately; communicate effectively; attend scheduled court hearings.

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