CASA for Children Seeks Volunteers

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is in need of more volunteer child advocates to serve in the Rockbridge area.

“Currently, CASA for Children has enough volunteers to serve just one third of the children in need,” said Trina Welsheimer, advocate manager for the Rockbridge area. “We need to increase the volunteer base to achieve the goal of serving all child victims in our community.”

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges in the local juvenile and domestic relations courts to advocate for children who have been found to be victims of abuse and neglect. There are no prerequisites for becoming a CASA volunteer other than being at least 21 years of age, clearing an extensive background screening and successfully completing 30 hours of training. The next set of training sessions for the Rockbridge area is scheduled to begin in September.

As officers of the court, CASA volunteers are assigned to a single case and charged with ensuring that the child’s needs are recognized and best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the community.  They are asked to meet with the child regularly and are authorized to interview people in the child’s life such as social workers, doctors and teachers. CASA volunteers attend court hearings and report their findings to the judge.

Individuals interested in more information or in becoming a CASA volunteer can visit the website www.casa4children.org or call the Staunton office at (540) 213-2272.  Applicants are encouraged to apply by Aug. 18.

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