The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Volunteers are needed to be CASA volunteers, advocates for abused and neglected children in Harford County.
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is an ordinary community member who is appointed to represent the best interests of a child victim of abuse or neglect in court. Children helped by CASA volunteers include those whose home placement is being determined in juvenile court.
A CASA volunteer has three roles: - To serve as a fact finder for the judge by thoroughly researching the current and background facts of each assigned case.
- To provide these facts in report form to the judge and to speak for the child in the courtroom, representing the child's best interests.
- To continue to act as an overseer during the life of the case, ensuring that it is brought to a swift and appropriate conclusion in the best interest of the child
By taking on the above roles, the CASA volunteer is in a unique position to make a difference in a childs life.