Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for child-advocacy training
Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is seeking volunteers to work in the court system on behalf of abused and neglected children.
A free, six-week training program for volunteers will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning April 16, at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road.
Anyone interested in volunteering must first apply, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, April 11. Applicants will be interviewed, fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks. Henrico CASA has a particular need for Spanish-speaking volunteers.
Henrico CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that works closely with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Working typically 10 to 15 hours per month, volunteer advocates serve as the voice of children who have been abused or neglected. The training program prepares volunteers to interview children and others involved in their case, submit reports to judges and assist case attorneys. Henrico CASA volunteers worked 12,317 hours and served 302 children
during fiscal 2010-11. The caseload in fiscal 2011-12 is on pace to exceed last year’s total by 33 percent.
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