Age Minimum (with Adult): 21+, Minimum Age:21+
Special Advocate for Children (Long Term Volunteer Opportunity)
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a judge to advocate for an abused or neglected child in juvenile court deprivation proceedings. The CASA will advocate for each child to be placed in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. This is long-term volunteer opportunity - we ask that you maintain focus on the child until permanency is achieved. CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. CASAs are community volunteers who are professionally trained to gather information about a child and his/her family, identify needs and possible services, speak on behalf of the child in court and monitor court orders and case plans to make sure that the case is moving forward. Responsibilities include meeting with the child monthly; talking with case managers, parents and foster parents; and writing reports for and attending court hearings.
Requirements to become a CASA:
Volunteers must be 21 or older
Volunteers must commit 12- 18months of service after completing the 40 hour comprehensive pre-service training course
Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, your own transportation, and be able to travel to surrounding counties if needed
Volunteers need some daytime flexibility to attend occasional court hearings and case related meetings (volunteers have adequate notification of hearings and can be provided necessary documentation from the court)
Volunteers must submit to a criminal background checkIf you are a student you will need to live in or be near Atlanta during the summer
Currently there are children in Fulton County waiting for an Advocate. You can make a real difference in the life of a child by volunteering today. Please contact us for the next information session date - can't wait to see you there!
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