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CASA Volunteer Training
We are seeking community volunteers to train with us to become child advocates. There are over 330 children in foster care in Hall and Dawson counties. You can make a difference in the life of a child by volunteering. Our next training session will begin on May 23, 2020 at our CASA office. Training will run for 4 consecutive Saturdays, meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At the end of the class, there is also an evening Expert Panel on Tuesday, June 16th as well as the final, one hour Swear-In Ceremony held on June 18, 2020. Ten hours of court observation are required. If this class does not fit your schedule, see the below 2020 Pre-Service Training Calendar for more dates.
Location: The Little House, 603 Washington St SW, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Light lunch will be provided. Please contact Heather White, Program Coordinator, if you are interested in attending. Phone: (770) 531-1964 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You must register for this training. Click HERE to register.
If you would like to attend our upcoming Information Session to learn more about this volunteer opportunity before signing up for the next training, we will meet on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Drop in from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Little House. You will hear a short presentation about CASA as well as get the chance to speak to current CASA Volunteers about their experiences. Light refreshments will be provided. Click HERE to RSVP.
Hall-Dawson CASA Program has not cancelled the May training class at this time. However, we will be following the guidelines of the CDC and government sources to guide our decision making. In the interim, we are exploring other ways to be able to present the training material, should we not be able to meet in our typical classroom format, so we are able to continue the important work of recruiting, training, and empowering community volunteers to advocate for our community's most vulnerable children. As we make decisions about training options, we will be communicating this information to all of our prospective volunteers and our community. We appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate the uncertainty and impact of the coronavirus pandemic which has affected us all. We invite you at this time to continue to express interest in becoming a volunteer so that we can keep you informed.
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
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
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.
- 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 12 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 Children Services.
Our trainings are offered multiple times 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
- 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.