THANK YOU, HENRICO CASA VOLUNTEERS, FOR HELPING MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR CHILDREN EVERY DAY!
Henrico CASA volunteers advocate for children aged from newborn to eighteen. Without an advocate, hundreds of abused and neglected children would not have a strong voice in their corner. If you would like to speak up for a child, no special experience is required. Our advocates come from all walks of life. They have a variety of professional and educational backgrounds. Forty hours of free training is provided. Will you join us in our mission to ensure every abused child has a voice?
Getting started: If you would like to become a CASA, please fill in our volunteer application by clicking here or by sending an email to Jeannine, the Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will complete an interview and undergo fingerprinting, criminal, and child abuse registry checks.
Training: Volunteers attend at least 40 hours of pre-service training which is scheduled in the evenings after work hours and on Saturdays. The trainees learn about the court process, the social service system, child development and educational advocacy, the family dynamics of domestic violence, the realities of substance abuse, and the special needs of children who have been abused and neglected by their caregivers. At "graduation," CASAs become sworn in as officers of the court. As many children are waiting, new volunteers are likely to be assigned a case very quickly.
Time: Typically, a CASA volunteer spends a few hours each week on a case. Volunteers will complete home visits, follow up with case collaterals, write a report to the judge and attend court. The CASA's time commitment is dictated by the complexity of their assigned case. Volunteers are asked to commit at least one year, but many stay longer, knowing it is best for the child to stay with the case until it is fully resolved.
Support: CASA volunteers work closely alongside social workers, attorneys, treatment providers, and others involved in helping children. Each volunteer is guided and assisted through the complexities and challenges of his or her case by a member of the Henrico CASA staff.
Join us at our next training session beginning January 25, 2020!
WANTED: Mature, responsible adults with a profound sense of caring for children.
SKILLS NEEDED: Willing to study laws, regulations, child development, interviewing and report writing techniques. Requires listening, writing and computer skills, and the ability to work with other professionals.
APPLY TODAY: To volunteer your time for a child, please complete our CASA volunteer application.
For more information about being a volunteer or to apply, click the links below (requires Acrobat Reader):
Upcoming Training Schedule *40 hours of study