Volunteer Advocate & Mentor for Foster Youth with CASA - Males Needed!
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by CASA for Children of DC
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
1140 3rd Street Northeast
District of Columbia
ALL VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS ARE WELCOME, BUT AT THIS TIME CASA DC IS SEEKING MALE APPLICANTS.
Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained by CASA DC and appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of a child in foster care. CASAs gather information about each child’s situation, submit reports, make recommendations in the best interest of the child and provide the court with valuable insight into the child’s life.
Responsibilities of a CASA Volunteer:
- Complete training: All volunteers must complete 30 hours of pre-service training, which provides an overview of the foster care system in DC as well as what to expect when working with a youth who has been abused or neglected. In addition, volunteers must complete 12 hours of in-service training annually.
- Build a relationship: Visit the child twice a month. Your visits can be anything ranging from bike riding, to volunteering together at an animal shelter, to working on college applications
- Gather information: Review documents and records, interview the child, family, and professionals in the child’s life
- Document findings: Write a court report for each hearing
- Attend court hearings: Appear at the youth’s hearings and provide testimony when necessary. Hearings are roughly 30 minutes and occur every 3-4 months during the day on weekdays.
- Explain what is going on: Help the youth understand the court proceedings
- “Be the glue”: Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children’s lives. As one volunteer said: Be the glue that connects the pieces in a complicated child welfare system.
- Recommend services: Ensure that the children and their family are receiving appropriate services and advocate for those that are not immediately available. Bring concerns about the child’s health, education, mental health, etc. to the appropriate professionals.
- Monitor case plans and court orders: Check to see that plans are being followed and mandated review hearings are being held.
- Keep the court informed: Update the court on developments with agencies and family members. Ensure that appropriate motions are filed on behalf of the child so the court knows about any changes in the child’s situation.
CASAs spend an average of 10 hours a month working on their case. While volunteers are required to serve one year, we hope that each CASA volunteers will remain on their case until it is closed.
- Training Provided
How To Apply
For more information and to apply, please visit our volunteer page at our website. For specific inquiries, feel free to email email@example.com