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CASA 101: Volunteer Information Sessions - July 2022
(Recruitment for August Pre-Service Training)
|July 5th||Tuesday||5:30 - 6:00PM||ZOOM - Virtual|
|July 9th||Saturday||10:00 - 10:30AM||ZOOM - Virtual|
|July 13th||Wednesday||12:30 - 1:00PM||CASA – In Person|
|July 20th||Wednesday||12:30 - 1:00PM||CASA – In Person|
|July 23rd||Saturday||10:00 - 10:30AM||ZOOM - Virtual|
|July 26th||Tuesday||5:30 - 6:00PM||ZOOM - Virtual|
Application Deadline for August Pre-Service: July 31st, 2022*
CASA 101: Volunteer Information Sessions - August 2022
(Recruitment for September Pre-Service Training)
|August 3rd||Wednesday||12:30 - 1:00PM||CASA – In Person|
|August 9th||Tuesday||5:30 - 6:00PM||ZOOM - Virtual|
|August 13th||Saturday||10:00 - 10:30AM||ZOOM - Virtual|
|August 17th||Wednesday||12:30 - 1:00PM||CASA – In Person|
|August 23rd||Tuesday||5:30 - 6:00PM||ZOOM - Virtual|
|August 27th||Saturday||10:00 - 10:30AM||ZOOM - Virtual|
Application Deadline for September Pre-Service: August 31st, 2022*
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A CASA is a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer who works with abused and neglected children in the court system.
When children are removed from their home due to abuse or neglect, the judge will appoint one of our volunteers, CASAs, to be that child’s advocate and help determine what is in the best interest of the child. As an objective party, the CASA functions as the child’s voice as they go through the court system.
CASA volunteers get to know the child and offer a consistent, stable presence in the child’s life during a difficult time. They speak to everyone involved in the child’s life, including their families, teachers, attorneys, social workers, therapist, psychiatrists and others. Among other things, CASA volunteers research thecase, create a plan for advocacy and make recommendations to the court. All of this information helps the court make informed decisions as to what is in the best interest of the child.
Being a CASA volunteer does not require any special education or background. It requires participation in our training program and the desire to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes.
After completing a 30-hour training class provided by CASA of El Paso and being assigned to a case, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) begin visiting the child regularly. Volunteer Advocates work closely with, but independent of, Child Protective Services (CPS) and attorneys.
The volunteer Advocate talks with the child, parents, family members, school officials, health providers and others who are knowledgeable about the child’s history. The volunteer Advocate then provides the judge with a carefully researched background of the child to help the court make a sound decision about the child’s future.
The volunteer Advocate makes a recommendation to the court for permanent placement, stating whether it is in the best interest of the child to live with the parent(s), live with relatives, remain in foster care, or be available for permanent adoption.