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ORGANIZATION: CASA OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are community volunteers, just like you, who stand up and speak out to help abused and neglected children. CASA of the Appalachian Mountains recruits, trains, and supports citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Visit us at casaofappalachianmtns.org

Nobody longs for a safe and loving home more than a child in foster care. As a CASA volunteer, you will be empowered by the court to help make this dream a reality. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for abused or neglected children, to ensure they don't get lost in the social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many of the children we serve, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

No special background or education is required to become a volunteer CASA. We encourage people from all cultures and professions and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds. Once accepted into the program, you will receive all necessary training in courtroom procedures, social services, and the special needs of abused or neglected children. Won't you join CASA of the Appalachian Mountains and change a child's story.

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About CASA OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS

Location:

481 MAIN ST STE 203, HAZARD, KY 41701, US

Mission Statement

CASA of the Appalachian Mountains is a volunteer organization dedicated to the principle that every child is entitled to have a permanent home free from abuse and neglect with the opportunity to thrive. CASA of the Appalachian Mountains recruits, screens, trains, supervises, and supports community volunteers who are appointed by the Judge in their jurisdiction as Court Appointed Special Advocates. They serve as an independent voice throughout the juvenile court proceedings until a safe and permanent home is found for each child. Our volunteers act as the representative of the abused, neglected and/or dependent child in Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Perry and Pike County.

Description

In the summer of 2020, the Kentucky CASA Network (KCN) assisted in the establishment of an advisory committee who had a passion for helping children affected by abuse, neglect, and dependency in the Eastern Mountain Region of Kentucky.

This group committed to assisting in the development of a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program that would serve Perry, Knott, Leslie and Letcher Counties. The advisory committee met with KCN staff monthly and developed the necessary credentials to create legally recognized nonprofit. Perry County District Judge Cody Goehring appointed the first Board of Directors for CASA of the Appalachian Mountains (CAM) on April 14, 2021.

In November of 2022, the board voted to merge with CASA of Eastern Kentucky who serves Pike, Floyd and Magoffin counties to form one unified CASA of the Appalachian Mountains which now serves seven counties.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Justice & Legal
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Justice & Legal

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Hazard, KY 41701

(37.2792,-83.1963)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Advocacy
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approximately 6 - 10 hours per month. One time pre-service training is approximately 30 hours.
  • Be available to visit assigned youth monthly; be available for court appearances with advance notice; be willing to commit to the program until your first case is closed at a minimum; advocate for assigned youth in written court reports.

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