Will County court advocates group seeks volunteers
September 30, 2013 7:36PM
Updated: November 2, 2013 6:28AM
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Will County will host informational sessions for those who would like to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.
Sessions will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 9 at 4232 Tower Court, Naperville.
CASA is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide well-trained volunteers for the program. Those interested in volunteering are invited to attend the sessions to learn about CASA and ask questions.
“CASA would not be able to serve children in need without our volunteers,” executive director Rita Facchina said. “We are always in need of new volunteers who are willing to dedicate their time and efforts to this great cause.”
The primary duties of a CASA volunteer include:
Investigating the child’s circumstances, and becoming the judge’s eyes and ears.
Monitoring compliance with court orders, ensuring necessary services are being provided to the child and family.
Verifying whether parents are improving their parenting skills and that the foster placement, where applicable, is appropriate for the child.
Advocating for successful placement in a permanent, loving home as quickly as possible.
Volunteers receive 33 hours of pre-service training and must commit an estimated 10 to 15 hours per month of volunteer service in addition to meeting other requirements, including a minimum age requirement, and completion of a criminal background and personal reference check as well as a personal interview.
The next training session begins Oct. 19. The subsequent training is tentatively scheduled for January.
Those interested should call (815) 730-7072, email volunteer outreach coordinator Sheri Lerner at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.casaofwillcounty.org.