CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Athens Oconee CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
A few hours per month
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Children First, Inc
693 N. Pope St.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of an abused or neglected child who is in foster care. The CASA volunteer gathers information about the child's situation,attends court proceedings and makes a written recommendation to the judge so that the judge has the information to make a decision about the child's future.
How to become a CASA:
- Sincerely care for the well-being of children
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Complete an application, including references, interview and a brief autobiography
- Undergo a criminal background check
- Complete 40 hours of training
- Have good verbal and written communication skills
- Have the ability to be objective and non-judgmental
- Be available to attend court hearings
- Commit to CASA program for at least one year or until case is resolved
- Be sworn-in by the judge
Training Schedule - Two Options - Day or Evening Our next training class for Spring 2019 will begin with an orientation on January 8th. Prospective volunteers can choose from two sessions, one at 10:30 am and one at 5:30pm. The first day of training will be January 31st in the morning (10:00-1:30) or evening (5:30-9:00), whichever works best with your schedule. Sessions will take place every following Thursday until March 7th.
- Training Provided