Child advocacy volunteers needed
QUINCY, IL. —
CASA, short for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is in need of volunteers in Adams County.
"They meet with the kids at least once a month that they're assigned to. They make visits with school and parents and foster parents. They get a chance to write a written court report to the judge that outlines their assessments, concerns, and recommendations on what they think is in the best interest of these kids," said Laura Beckler, CASA Coordinator.
These volunteers will become advocates for abused children. Who can be an advocate?
"Really anybody who meets those criteria can be an advocate. We don't require that you have a college degree. You don't have to be coming from a certain walk of life. It can really be anybody and we really need a variety of volunteers because of the variety of kids that we serve," Beckler stated.
What is the role of an advocate?
"These are kids who because they've either been abused or neglected, they have already had varying degrees of trauma in their life by the time we become involved with them. So they need a voice and they need somebody who's willing to step up, advocate for what's in their best interest and stay with them throughout the process of the case," explained Beckler.
Giving kids a voice and a safe space.
"We try very hard to make sure our CASA volunteers remain on the case for the life of it and a lot of times that's anywhere from two to four years. These volunteers are there and the kids can count on them,” Beckler said.
For those interested, you will need to pass a background check and finger print check.
CASA will have an informational session this Thursday at 12:15 in the Advocacy Network for Children office at 531 Hampshire street.
The meeting will last about half an hour.
Advocacy trainings will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 10th through November 2nd