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CASA of Lonoke County, Inc. Charity Profile
CASA of Lonoke County, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been helping abused and neglected children since 2000.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court.
A CASA volunteer acts as a fact finder of the child's best interest, providing the judge with valuable information on the child to help the court make a sound decision about the child's future.
CASA of Lonoke County, Inc. Volunteer Information
CASA volunteers can rely on the organization for thorough training in courtroom procedure, social and juvenile services, child development, research and communication techniques, programs for children with special needs, and anything else the volunteer will need to be prepared and confident.
Right now there are children who clearly need someone to care about thme and to speak up for them. If you have ten to fifteen hours a month and if you would like the chance to volunteer where you can enjoy the fulfillment of seeing the tangible positive results of your hard work, then CASA is for you!
CASA Volunteers are ordinary people who care about kids. CASA volunteers come from all backgrounds. Many work full time. Some are students or retired people. Most CASA volunteers work on one case at a time. No legal expertise is required.
Must be 21 years of age.
Must complete a volunteer application.
If working, secure permission in advance of basic training for time off to attend periodic meetings and hearings.
Make an appointment and come for office interview prior to initial training.
Must complete a minimum of 30 hours of initial training.
Must appear before the courts to be sworn in as a court advocate.
Monitor court proceedings and appear at all hearings.
Attend 12 hours of continuing education/training sessions annually.
Commit to serve a minimum of one (1) full year.
Sign a statement of confidentiality.
Willingness to work within the guidelines, policies and standards of CASA.
Good human relations skills and the ability to be objective.
Must have time, interest and energy to do the job.
Must have realiable transportation.
Must have the ability to stand up for what you believe.
Must be willing to receive guidance and direction, and work as part of a team.
Must be sensitive to cultural/ethnic differences.
Interview all parties, clients and professionals, as well as the child/children involved in the case.
Maintain records of all findings and submit required paperwork as scheduled.
Confer with director on a regular basis.
Attend all staffings concerning the case.
Prepare and submit court reports to the director at least two weeks in advance of hearings.
Appear in court as to the best interest of the child(ren).
Monitor the case to ensure that court orders are being followed and that services to the child(ren) are being furnished and placement is appropriate.
Visit the children at foster homes, group facilities or other placements.