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To Advocate for neglected and abused children who come under the jurisdiction of the Washtenaw County Juvenile Court
A court based program which provides well-screened and well-trained volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children involved in juvenile court child protection proceedings. Volunteers are appointed by the juvenile court judge to act as the "eyes and ears" of the court for one child or sibling group who have come under the jurisdiction of the court. They attend court hearings and interview and collaborate with attorneys, case managers, counselors, school personnel, foster parents and biological parents. They also meet with the child or children on a bi/weekly basis and report to the court on how well their needs are being met. They play an integral part in permanency planning for their assigned family. This is a nationally based program which meets national standards of training and supervision(For further information regarding National CASA see www.casanet.org). 30-40 hours of training is required plus an 18 month commitment to the program.