Volunteer Child Advocate
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County, Inc.
A few hours per month
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
1143-45 East Jersey Street--2nd Floor
Are you interested in helping a child have a voice?
In becoming a CASA volunteer you will become the voice for a child in a court proceeding, which often overlooks the wants, needs and desires of the child.
Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. Too many spend years moving from one temporary home to another. They are more likely than other children to face homelessness, unemployment, even prison as adults. That's why Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children are important. CASA was created to make sure the abuse and neglect these children originally suffered at home doesn't continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the system. As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that a child is placed into a safe, loving home where he/she can thrive.
CASA of Union County is currently recruiting for our Fall 2018 classes of volunteer advocates. These volunteers will receive intensive training to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate their way through the court and child welfare systems. They will learn how to advocate for the best interest of children and make sure that the children receive the services and assistance necessary to ensure that they move as quickly as possible toward safe and permanent homes. A CASA volunteer is paired with one child or sibling set and stays with that child until the case is closed and the child is in a safe and permanent home.
Please note: No legal or social service experience is required, but you must be 21 years of age.The CASA training is approximately thirty hours, and the volunteer is required to make an 18 month commitment. By law, volunteers must have a full criminal background check and fingerprint check, as well as a screening interview before beginning training.
We are especially in need of bilingual - particularly Spanish-speaking - volunteers.
Information about upcoming info sessions and the training schedule are available on our website: www.casaofunioncounty.org.
- Training Provided
How To Apply
A personal interview is required to begin training and can be scheduled following completion and return of the application found at http://www.casaofunioncounty.org/volunteer-applications.aspx.
If you have any additional questions, you can email Courtney Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.