CASA for Douglas County

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Year Founded:
1998
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Kimberly Thomas
Main Address:
2412 St. Mary's Avenue
Omaha, NE 68105
Volunteer Opportunity:

Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer

A Court Appointed Special Advocate, CASA, is a trained volunteer, sworn in as an Officer of the Court and appointed to a specific case by a Juvenile Court judge. A CASA Volunteer is the voice for abused and neglected children who are in foster care. Working in conjunction with case professionals and attorneys, a CASA advocates for the best interest of a child. A CASA meets with the child at least monthly and attends monthly team meetings with case professionals, parents and/or foster parents. A CASA will meet with teachers, daycare providers, medical and mental health providers, and other service providers as needed. At least every six months, a CASA will write a court report with recommendations to the court. A CASA will also attend periodic court hearings. No special background or education is required to become a CASA Volunteer!

Volunteers complete 30 hours of pre-service training and observe three court hearings before their are sworn in and assigned a case.

Minimum Requirements:
-Able to commit to a minimum of 2 years.
-Willing to donate 8 to 10 hours per month.
-Able to commit to training hours as noted above.
-Attend court hearings or arrange for supervisor or peer coordinator attendance.
-Able to maintain objectivity and professionalism in dealing with the child and all other parties involved.
-Ability to maintain confidentiality.
-Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
-Possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Email.
-Must have reliable transportation.
-Must be at least 21 years of age.
-Must pass a background check, have a valid driver’s license/identification, valid auto insurance (if applicable), valid phone number, and have a permanent address.

Find more information, explore the training calendar, and complete an application at www.casaomaha.org/volunteer

General

Open to
Individual

Skills Needed

No skills required

When

Repeats every day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Tue Dec 31 2019.
Friday, November 15, 2019 (All day)

Location Details

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