Age Minimum (with Adult): 21+, Minimum Age:21+
Court Appointed Special Advocate for Kids (CASA)
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for children who have been abused or neglected. They make sure the child’s needs are heard – in the community and in the courtroom – and serve as a caring, consistent adult in a child’s life. They are individuals from all walks of life who are willing to dedicate their time to looking out for a child’s best interests.
CASA volunteers get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in his or her life, including parents, relatives, foster parents, teachers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and other service providers. CASA volunteers use the information gathered to report to the judge, advocating for the child’s best interests.
CASAs make sure children don't get lost in the overburdened legal and social services systems. Each volunteer will stay with a case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA will be the one constant adult presence in their lives. Richmond CASA urgently needs more volunteers to fill this important role.
During this time of crisis, the most at-risk children in Richmond need our help more than ever. With the isolation and added stress caused by COVID-19, the risk factors for abuse and neglect dramatically increase. CASA volunteers are needed now more than ever. Richmond CASA is following the Governor’s Stay at Home Order and the social distancing guidelines from the CDC and WHO. Volunteers are not expected nor allowed to go into homes during this time. CASA volunteers are continuing to work cases and are checking in with families by phone and video chat. We have moved our volunteer interviews and training to an online format.
CASA volunteers must complete background checks, a personal interview and participate in a 35 hour training class. To learn more about the application process, visit http://grscan.com/be-a-casa/.
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