Do You Want to Make A Difference In the Life of A Child?
Help us to "Change A Child's Story".
New Advocate Training Begins January 21st.
Please see application document below if you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer.
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 an 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.
New CASA Volunteer Training Schedule
New Advocate Training
Jan 21 Orientation 9:00-11:00 Conference Room
Jan 23 Session 1 9:00-12:00 Conference Room
Jan 28 Session 2 9:00-12:00 Conference Room
Jan 30 Session 3 9:00-12:00 Conference Room KCHD
Feb 4 Session 4 9:00-12:00 Conference Room KCHD
Feb 6 Session 5 9:00-12:00 Conference Room
Feb 11 Session 6 9:00-12:00 Conference Room
Feb 13 Session 7 9:00-12:00 Conference Room
Feb 18 Session 8 9:00-12:00 Conference Room
Feb 20 Session 9 9:00-12:00 Conference Room
Feb 25 Session 10 9:00-12:00 Conference Room
Feb 27 Session 11 9:00-12:00 Conference Room KCHD
Mar 3 Session 12 9:00-12:00 Conference Room
Mar 5 Session 13 9:00-12:00 Conference Room
Mar 10 Session 14 9:00-12:00 Conference Room
Mar 12 Optima Training 9:00-12:00 Conference Room
Mar 17 Swearing In/Court Observation/ Conference Room
Debrief/Celebratory Lunch 8:30-1:30
*Light breakfast items will be served at each of these training evenings. Please let me know if you have any dietary requirements.
*The swearing in ceremony will happen in court on a Tues morning around 8:30. It is very quick but a neat event to invite your loved ones to come watch.
*We understand that schedules are crazy and that making all of the classes is often just not possible. We prefer no more than 2 complete missed classes. Individual catch up can be done in office on a very limited and as necessary basis. Please plan on arriving for class by 4:45 so we can start and be ready to dive in to class at 5 sharp. Thank you all! I am so excited to get this new session started and meet you all soon!
*All classes take place at the Kendall County Health Dept 2nd floor.
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...
"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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