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Volunteer Opportunities

CASA Volunteers are ordinary citizens with extraordinary hearts.

CASA Volunteer Training

Please click HERE to inquire about how to become a CASA Volunteer.

For specific information regarding training cohorts, contact:

Tracy L. Verrigni

Volunteer Recruitment and Training Coordinator

tracy@halldawsoncasa.org or call 770-531-1964 

 

There are more than 400,000 children in the United States who are in the foster care system. Hall-Dawson CASA serves a percentage of these children in our community. Unfortunately, there are too many children in Hall County and Dawson County waiting for a CASA Volunteer. Help us reach our goal of serving 100% of the children who need us.

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 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.

 

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.

 

2020 Statistics for Hall-Dawson CASA Program

  • Children Served

    365

  • Volunteers

    99

  • Kids Without A CASA

    210

  • Children in Foster Care

    559

  • Volunteer Hours Given

    5,887

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