Volunteers Needed!

Published

07/26/2018

Start Date

09/10/2018

Time Commitment

A few hours per month

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

MHA of Erie County
999 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo
New York
14209
United States

Description

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Erie County are looking for new volunteers! 

 

Volunteers who are assigned by a Judge to help the Court determine the best interests of children involved in child welfare proceedings.

 

Volunteers typically work with only one or two families at a time. They devote the time and energy necessary to assist the Family Court and the child welfare system in making the best possible permanent plan for the child. Prior to their assignment, CASA volunteers are extensively screened and trained. These responsible and committed adults are supervised by CASA staff throughout their assignment. They are a strong voice for children in Court, speaking up for the needs of the children. 

 

Once assigned by a Family Court Judge, the CASA volunteer:

Reviews the Family Court file to gather family history, including court orders. Interviews those involved in the case to gather information that will assist the Court in making timely decisions in the child’s best interests. If you are the child’s parent, foster parent, caseworker, attorney, teacher, medical professional, or someone else involved with the child, you should expect that the CASA volunteer will contact you for an interview. Communicates with everyone involved in the case to collaborate on what is best for the child.           Reports to the Court. After gathering information, the volunteer prepares a report that is reviewed by the program staff and submitted to the court.                Facilitates discussion among the many people involved when a child is involved in Family Court or the child welfare system. CASA can help keep the lines of communication open. In addition, the CASA volunteer visits the child at least monthly. CASA volunteers continually report to the Court for the duration of the assignment. 

 

What are the qualifications of a CASA volunteer?

A CASA volunteer must be at least 21 years of age and successfully complete training and extensive screening prior to case assignment. Training is approximately 30 hours and consists of class work and court observation. Upon completion of training, each volunteer is sworn in by the Court and takes an oath to focus on the best interests of each child to whom they are assigned and to maintain strict confidentiality. 

 

If interested please contact Adrienne Linger at CASA of Erie County through email at alinger@eriemha.org or by phone at 716-886-1242 ext 328. We have a training class scheduled to begin in September that will take place over a period of 3 weeks on Monday and Wednesday evenings and two Saturdays. 

Remote

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Benefits

  • Training Provided

Benefits

  • Groups
  • Families

How To Apply

alinger@eriemha.org
http://www.eriemha.org/programs-casa.php

If interested please contact Adrienne Linger at CASA of Erie County through email at alinger@eriemha.org or by phone at 716-886-1242 ext 328. We have a training class scheduled to begin in September that will take place over a period of 3 weeks on Monday and Wednesday evenings and two Saturdays. 


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