Would you recommend Voices for Children?
Voices for Children is an incredible organization that has been the most rewarding, life-changing, and eye opening experience I've ever had. I've been a volunteer for almost 5 years now and if you want to see how your volunteer time impacts a life and have hands on experience, then this is it. To be a CASA, you simply have to care and believe in them.
The system is broken and these kids have trauma because of bad decisions by parents. They just want to be exposed to normal life experiences. Go to the movies, ride bikes in the park, help them with their homework, and go out to eat. Yes, going out to eat is a fun thing for them because most just get what the facility/group home gives them. I hold educational rights, so I get make decisions to ensure he has the best learning experience. The best quality of VFC that allows you to truly make an impact is the fact you go to court every 6 months and speak to the judge for 5 mins and the judge 99% orders whatever you ask for. Join VFC!
Voices for Children is the most dedicated and well-organized group of people serving others that I have ever met. What sets them apart even more, is that their entire staff is built to provide support to the volunteers. As a volunteer, you mentor children that are in the care of the San Diego court system. Those children are in the court's care as they were the victims of neglect or abuse, and the court tries to find a more permanent solution for their needs. Not only will you be exposed to a unique group of children, you will have an immediate impact on their lives, and the lives of their families. You do this by advocating for the children, in the reports you write when their court case is being reviewed. But more importantly, you spend time with the children, mentor them, teach them about trust, love and life to become their beacon and their voice. To top it off, Voices for Children provides you with the training and support you need - I wholeheartedly recommend this organization.