Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc., a non-profit organization that trains volunteers to become advocates for abused and neglected children in juvenile court dependency proceedings, is seeking volunteers to begin its fall training program September 23. There is an ongoing need for volunteer advocates with CASA’s goal to provide an advocate for every child that comes through the Juvenile Court system as a dependent child. Tri-County CASA, Inc. serves Appling, Jeff Davis and Wayne Counties.
CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family. The CASA volunteer is the “voice of the child” in court. Although CASA volunteers work with other agencies, their primary focus is on the child. The objective of every CASA volunteer is to help find a permanent home that is safe, secure, loving and permanent home for every child in dependency court proceedings.
To become a CASA volunteer certain requirements must be met. These requirements include you must be 21 years of age or older, you must submit a written application which includes four personal/professional references; you must have a criminal background check and a federal fingerprint check; you must have a personal interview by local CASA staff; you must complete 40 hours of training; you must make a one year commitment to the program; you must be sworn-in as an officer of the court by a juvenile court judge and you must complete 12 additional hours of in-service during the year.
Contact the Tri-County CASA office at 367-0064 to request an information packet, to apply to be a volunteer or for any additional information. Make a difference in the life of a child.