CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Lincoln and Tillamook Counties will be hosting online training for individuals interested in volunteering in the advocacy for children in foster care.
The training begins Sept. 14 and runs through Oct. 12, and again from Oct. 19 through Nov. 16. The cohorts will meet Monday evenings, from 4 to 6 p.m., for five weeks.
This training will provide the CASA volunteers with knowledge about the judicial system and how they can be powerful voices in the matter of speaking up for the child they advocate for.
CASA volunteers must be able to pass a background check and be a minimum of 21 years of age. A volunteer is expected to engage with the child during regular monthly visits to make recommendations and monitor the child’s situation. They are also tasked with speaking up for the best interest of the child in court and in meetings, as well as making reports to the judge. To make this incredible difference in a child’s life requires a minimum commitment of three to five hours a week.
There is a great need of CASA’s advocacy for abused and neglected children in Lincoln and Tillamook counties. The need for more CASA volunteers to provide information and speak up in the juvenile court hearings is essential in helping to guide the decisions on these difficult cases, officials said.
Cassie Douglas will be doing the trainings, and people wanting to sign up or learn more about the program can contact her by email at [email protected]
CASA of Lincoln and Tillamook Counties has helped to change the lives of more than 2,500 children by providing them with powerful advocacy. Currently, CASA of Lincoln and Tillamook Counties serves nearly 200 children annually.