Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

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CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens with extraordinary hearts. 

CASA Volunteer Information Session

Join us on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for an Information Session. We would love to meet you and discuss more about how our program serves children in the community, and how you could become a CASA Volunteer. 

Location: The Little House, 603 Washington St SW, Gainesville, GA 30501.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Heather Hammontree, Program Coordinator, if you are interested in attending. Phone: (770) 531-1964   Email: halldawsoncasa@halldawsoncasa.org 

 

After completing your application please return to us by mail, fax, or email:

P.O. Box 907471 Gainesville, GA 30501-0908

Fax: (770) 534-5851

Email: halldawsoncasa@halldawsoncasa.org 

  • Volunteers are screened closely for objectivity, competence, and commitment.
  • Volunteers are provided with all the necessary training materials.
  • No special or legal background required. Outside speakers, as well as staff and volunteers work together to make our training sessions educational, interesting, interactive, and practical.

CASA Volunteer Description

Purpose

A CASA volunteers his/her time to promote and protect the best interests of abused or neglected children in court proceedings, the social service system, and the community. 

Qualifications

  • Successful completion of the 40 hour training program and it's requirements
  • To undergo a criminal background check which includes fingerprinting
  • To complete a personal interview with the training coordinator
  • To commit at least one year to the program and to take at least one case
  • To maintain 10 hours of in-service training each year
  • To have the desire & heart to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children
  • Fluency in the English language
  • Bilingual in Spanish would be a plus
  • To be 21 years of age or older
  • Must supply four references
  • Cannot be currently employed by the courts or the Department of Family and Child Services.

Our Trainings are offered in February and August of each year. If you are interested in joining us, please call our office 770-531-1964 and we will send you an application, or you can download the application, fill it out and send it to: 

P.O. Box 907471 Gainesville, GA 30501-0908

Duties

  • To successfully complete the requirements of the CASA training program and screening process
  • To ensure the child's best interests don't get overlooked while in protective custody
  • To ensure that the child is placed in a safe, nurturing, permanent home as quickly as possible
  • To gather information in order to establish the facts and circumstances of the child^s situation
  • To actively pursue a safe, permanent placement for the child
  • To maintain strict confidentiality with all information related to the child and their families
  • To provide written reports of findings and recommendations to CASA staff prior to court hearings and panel reviews
  • To communicate regularly with CASA staff about the case and the advocacy steps taken to ensure the best interests of the child are represented in court
  • To maintain a focus on each case until permanency is achieved, assessing the progress of the case, advocating for a permanent solution and reporting problems or noncompliance to the court
  • To maintain genuine care and concern for the best interests of the child
  • CASA Volunteers will monitor the safety and well-being of the children.
  • CASA provides home visits to the children and families.
  • CASA monitors the court order for compliance and non-compliance.
  • CASA collaborates with service providers and others to ensure the children's needs are met.

 

TRAINING SCHEDULE

Our training sessions are conducted twice a year at our CASA office at 603 Washington St SW, Gainesville, GA 30501. The next training begins Tuesday, August 15, 2017. You must register for the training. 

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