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CASA Kendall County
2021 Summer Training Schedule
June 23 Orientation 6:00-7:00 Kendall County Health Dept
June 26th Week 1 9:00am-2:30pm TBD
July 10th Week 2 9:00-2:30 TBD
July 24th Week 3 9:00-2:30 TBD
August 7th Week 4 9:00-2:30 TBD
Wrap-up and Optima Training: Choose 1 of the following
Tues August 10th Wrap-up 5:30-8pm Kendall County Health Dept
Thurs August 12th Wrap-up 5:30- 8pm Kendall County Health Dept
*This is an in-person training. Meals will be provided at all classes more than one hour. Covid protocols suggested by the CDC and Kendall County Health will be followed at all classes. This is an ever changing circumstance and we will be watching as it evolves. Social distancing will be maintained at all times in the venues. Masks must be worn in the Kendall County Health Dept as of this time.
All participants will be required to attend one Tuesday morning court observation as part of the required training and to be sworn in by the Judge. This will occur from 8am-11,approximately. These dates would tentatively be Aug 3rd and the 10th. Those dates may change depending on the court calendar and number enrolled in class.
To become a CASA, you will first be interviewed and after being accepted you will undertake 40 hours of training and 2 hours of court observation. Training sessions are held annually, based on existing need. Once trained, volunteer advocates are assigned to monitor a child's case through its duration. Advocates are asked to make a minimum 18-month commitment to the program but staying with the case until it closes is ideal. Many times the CASA is the only constant in the child's life during this traumatic time.
As a CASA volunteer, you will form a unique relationship with your assigned child and will become the best equipped person in your child's life to know what your child needs. You will review records, research information as well as talk to the foster parents, case workers and others involved in all aspects of the child's life. It is also very important to appear in court on the scheduled court dates. Utilizing the information captured, the advocate then writes a report and submits it for the judge's review. The judge uses the report to help her or him make decisions about the child's placement and treatment needs.More FAQs...
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"Friends of CASA" is a volunteer group that helps with fundraising and special projects. Friends are currently involved in various projects such as participating on event committees, developing community contacts, speaking to service organizations and assisting staff with any variety of projects. Friends are not required to make a regular commitment. If you are busy, yet would still like to be involved with CASA, consider becoming a Friend.
CASA Kendall County wishes to thank those who donated to our Bags of Hugs Program!
Often when children are removed from their homes, their favorite things are sometimes left behind. Through this program and generous donors, we are able to provide every child who comes into the program with a backpack and some essential items to help make them more comfortable.
A CASA Volunteer is a trained and committed adult appointed by a judge to serve on cases of child abuse or neglect. CASA's are trained to thoroughly research a child's case and advocate on behalf of the child's best interests. Learn more.
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