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ORGANIZATION: Grand Traverse County CASA

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Become Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a child in Foster Care. You can help as the voice of a child that is under Court jurisdiction due to experiencing abuse or neglect. You will become a trained advocate. You will not be asked to be a caregiver. You verify that the child is receiving services and attention, as outlined in a plan, and report to the Court.

Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. Too many spend years moving from one temporary home to another. They have no family to call their own. They are more likely than other children to face homelessness, unemployment, even prison as adults.

CASA was created to make sure the abuse and neglect these children originally suffered at home doesn't continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the system. As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that a child is placed into a safe, loving home where he/she can thrive. YOU can be a CASA.

COVID-19 has created an even greater need for support among the families we serve. We are currently accepting applications and anticipate holding a training series for new volunteers in the coming months. You can make an incredible difference in the life of a child. Please contact us if you think that you might be interested now, or in the coming months!

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About Grand Traverse County CASA

Location:

Family Division Volunteer Services, 280 Washington St., Ste. B150, Traverse City, MI 49684, US

Mission Statement

The mission of CASA is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts. We promote and support quality volunteer representation for children to provide each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home.

Description

Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. That's where CASA steps in. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was created in 1977 to make sure the abuse and neglect these children originally suffered at home doesn't continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the system. As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that a child is placed into a safe, loving home where he/she can thrive. It is the CASA vision to provide a volunteer for each and every abused and neglected child who needs one.

CAUSE AREAS

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

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

280 Washington Street, Ste. B150Traverse CityTraverse City, MI 49684

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Advocacy
  • Child Development
  • Organization
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies with assignment. A few hours each week, at various times, is common. Must complete several hours of training session, provided by organization. Must be available during business hours (M-F, 8:00-5:00) for periodic sessions and phone calls.
  • Must pass criminal backgound checks. Written application includes references, history, interests. No specific career skills required, other than an interest to help and the ability to communicate reports. Must be comfortable with attending hearings.

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