Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) In Need of Volunteers For Its First Training in Hancock County
There are abused and neglected children in the Hancock County Court system waiting for a CASA volunteer. CASA of Hancock County, a program of Advocacy Network for Children, is recruiting its first group of volunteers for its upcoming training.
The evening training for CASA volunteers is throughout April and May concluding on May 22nd with court observation and swearing in of volunteers. Trainings will be held twice a week on Monday and Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the CASA office located in the First Baptist Church of Carthage, 601 Main Street.
CASA volunteers are trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak up for abused or neglected children in the court system. Volunteers receive 30 hours of training prior to case assignment. Training includes courtroom procedures, working with social service agencies and the special needs of abused and neglected children. Training is free with training manuals and materials provided. Once trained, CASA volunteers work alongside attorneys and social workers from case inception to its completion. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life and no special experience is required. These trained volunteers will represent abused and neglected children in the Hancock County court system.
For more information or to obtain an application, please call Mandy Humphry at 319-795-3714 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Thousand Thank Yous to The Ladies of the Blue Knights!
A thousand thank you to the Ladies of the Blue Knights! Adams County CASA was chosen as the recipient of proceeds from the First Responders Ball. The Ball, held on September 30th at the Holiday Inn and hosted by the Ladies of the Blue Knights, is held to honor and celebrate all first responders in Adams County. This is the first year the chairing committee held a silent auction and selected a local charity to receive proceeds from the event. We would like to thank the Adams County First Responders Ball Committee for selecting our CASA program and for hosting such a fun and enjoyable evening. We would also like to thank all first responders for everything they do in our community! Appearing left to right in the photo – Lori Walbring, Linda Berry, Danielle Woodyard, Laura Beckler, Dusty Wheeler and Laura Oakman.
Three cheers to our newest CASA volunteers in Adams County!
Hip, hip hooray for our newest Adams County CASA volunteers. They were sworn in 11/06/2017 after completing their CASA training. We are excited to have all of them be a part of CASA! Tip your hats, high five them or give them a pat on the back if you see them out and about! They give their own time and energy to support children in need in our community.
Front Row: Donna Sutton, Judge Wooleyhan and Victoria Laack
Back Row: Jessica Erickson, Vickie Mims, Karen Elliott, Bonnie Poling and Jeanne Smith
Congratulations to our newest CASA volunteers in McDonough County!
They were sworn in 10/05/2017 after completing their CASA training. We are excited to have all of them be a part of CASA! Please take a moment to thank them if you see them. They are each providing their own time and support to children in need in our area.
Photo 1: Michelle Hite, Ed Peters, Debbie Orton, Kayla Mountain, Darla Hornbaker, Christine Staley, Lori Colley. Photo 2: Danielle Woodyard CASA Supervisor, Debbie Orton, Michelle Hite, Christine Staley, Ed Peters, Kayla Mountain, Darla Hornbaker, Lori Colley, Judge Walton
What is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
Each year thousands of children fall victim to abuse, neglect or abandonment. These children become victimized and may be lost in an overburdened child welfare system. Sometimes a child can remain adrift in foster care for months or even years.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak up for abused or neglected children in court. CASA volunteers work alongside attorneys and social workers from case inception to its completion.
CASA volunteers come form all walks of life. They have a variety of professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds. No special experience is required. Volunteers are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment.
Once accepted, volunteers are trained in courtroom procedure, the social service and juvenile court systems, and the special needs of children who have been abused or neglected.
It takes a commitment of 10-12 hours a month to be a CASA volunteer. Although it is challenging, it is very rewarding.
Become a CASA Volunteer!
CASA Job Requirements
- Complete the thirty-hour training program.
- Comply with all policies and procedures of CASA of Adams & McDonough County
- Pass all background checks
- Have a valid driver’s license and car insurance
- Comply with Mandated Reporting standards
CASA Job Description
- Serve in the best interest of the child.
- Complete a thorough investigation of the case.
- Maintain regular, ongoing contact of no less than once a month with the child.
- Participate in continuing education totaling twelve hours throughout each year by attending networking and in-services.
- Write reports for court hearings that will give an adequate description of the child, their environment, and recommendations you feel would aid in their well being and best interest.
- Attend all court hearings.
- Maintain complete records of all contacts and information gathered. Upon completion of the case, all records will be turned over to the CASA office.
- Maintain complete confidentiality.
- Make contact with the assigned attorney to insure the best interest of the child are being met.
- Monitor service plans and court orders to determine if progress is being made in the case.
- Report any incidents of child abuse or neglect to the CASA supervisor and appropriate authorities.
- Remain actively involved in the case until formally discharged by the court.
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