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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 information about our upcoming July/August 2021 training cohort, 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.

Make a Splash!

Dive into summer, make a splash! Join us for one of our virtual information sessions to learn more about becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer. You must register to attend. Please visit our events calendar or click one of the links below to register for our upcoming sessions in June:

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm CLICK HERE to register

Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 10:00am to 11:00am CLICK HERE to register

 

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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