Make a big difference in the life of an abused or neglected child. Learn how to represent the best interests of children involved in the Juvenile Court through no fault of their own, but because their parents cannot or will not care for them.
Intensive screening and 30 hour training program and ongoing support and supervision make this a uniquely rewarding volunteer opportunity. 18-month commitment with 3-5hrs/week necessary. This position also requires that all candidates are 21 years of age, have a valid driver's license and a reliable automobile.
245 Russell Street #22, 245 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035, US
Friends of Children fosters the dignity of children and young people in the child welfare system by persistently advocating for supports and services that promote their long-term well-being. Our vision is that every child and young person impacted by their involvement in the child welfare system has opportunities and access to resources that will increase resiliency and personal capacity and enhance lifelong well-being.
Friends of Children has three main programs to meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people. Our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program provides training and supervision for community volunteers to serve as best interest advocates for abused, neglected and other vulnerable children and youth involved in the Hampshire/Franklin Juvenile Court. Our FOCUS: Foster Futures program provides trained and supported volunteers in teams of three to match with one young person, 18-24, who has aged-out of the foster care system. This opportunity is, at this time, located in western Massachusetts. Our Children's Union addresses the needs of children in the child welfare system by advocating for statewide policies to improve their lives.
We do this by:
Encouraging civic engagement in all aspects of the organization
Informing the public and critical decision makers to promote needed change
Connecting children, young people and families to critical resources
Advocating for services when they are needed or denied
Facilitating collaboration and coordination
Developing innovative models to support children when service gaps exist
Conducting Research linked to best practices and public policy
Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Justice & Legal
We'll work with your schedule.
245 Russell StreetSuite 22Hadley, MA01035
December 1, 2020
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 21
Orientation or Training
Attend an initial 30 hour training program; Commit to 18 months of service, 3-5 hours per week