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I'm no Shakespeare, but I CAN 'Change a Child's Story!" as their Court Advocate (Virtual Training)

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KIDS MATTER INC.
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Milwaukee, WI
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Published 2 months ago

Become an "everyday hero" for children. CASA volunteers are appointed by Children's Court judges to be voices for children in foster care. CASA volunteers meet with the child and his/her family, caregivers, mentor, teachers, therapist, social workers, attorneys and others involved in the child's life to monitor the child's needs. CASA volunteers report their concerns to the judge, and advocate for the best interests of the child to ensure the child has a safe, nurturing, permanent home.

Our next training will begin on April 14, 2020. The training sessions are held virtually, and volunteers must complete all training sessions. Once training has been completed the volunteer has very flexible hours.

Spring Training Cycle

Wednesday, April 14, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday, April 21, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

[Monday, April 26 - Friday, April 30 - virtual courtroom observations scheduled]

Wednesday, April 28, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday, May 5, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday, May 12, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Contact us at volunteer@kidsmatterinc.org or (414) 344-1220 for information on how to apply.

As we all know, there are so many considerations in assessing whether in-person visits are right at this time. It depends on the volunteer's health, whether their youth or their caregiver is in a high-risk group and other factors. Our guiding principles are to be mindful and have open communication.

The following protocols have been developed in consultation with DCF Child Welfare and CDC guidelines.

In-Person, Physically Distant Visit Requirements:

  • The volunteer must wear a mask. Child(ren) older than 5 years are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
  • The visit should take place outside (caregiver’s yard, park, walk around the neighborhood, etc).
  • The visit should be one hour or shorter. If an outdoor visit is not possible and the visit is indoors, shorter is better.
  • The volunteer and the child(ren) should remain six feet apart and avoid hugs, holding hands, or other close contact.
  • Avoid games or activities involving shared equipment between the child and volunteer. Kicking a soccer ball back and forth is okay, as is going frisbee golfing and using separate frisbees, flying kites, and drawing on the sidewalk using separate chalk.
  • Wash hands with soap and water or sanitizer before and after visits.
  • Complete the Screening Tool for Prior Approval for Visits and the Volunteer Self-Assessment Before Visits.

If volunteers are not comfortable with in-person visits, virtual visits are still okay!

Become an "everyday hero" for children. CASA volunteers are appointed by Children's Court judges to be voices for children in foster care. CASA volunteers meet with the child and his/her family, caregivers, mentor, teachers, therapist, social…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    April 14, 2021
    6:00 PM CDT
    11:00 PM UTC
  • End Date
    May 12, 2021
    6:00 PM CDT
    11:00 PM UTC
  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per week
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Training Provided
  • Groups Welcome

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location

KIDS MATTER INC.

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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