Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc is looking for volunteers who can advocate for abused and neglected children.
From their website, www.aacasa.org:
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) believes every child who's been abused or neglected deserves to have a dedicated advocate speaking up for their best interest in court, at school and in our community. To accomplish this, CASA educates and empowers diverse community volunteers who ensure each child's needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system. When the state steps in to protect a child's safety because the people responsible for protecting them have not, a judge appoints a trained CASA volunteer to make independent and informed recommendations and help the judge decide what's best for the child.
To be a Court Appointed Special Advocate, you do not need any legal or social services experience, just a caring heart for an abused and neglected child – someone who can be a constant in the child’s life as they navigate with the court and social service experience.
AA CASA will provide you with 35 hours of training on what it means to be abused or neglected and how the court system works. The amount of time you will spend with the child each month will vary based on the circumstances, so some flexibility is, of course, appreciated. You will only be assigned one child.
They look for a minimum of a 1-year commitment so that you provide the child with the consistency that they so desperately need. You must be 21 years or older and pass an extensive background check.
This is an amazing experience for that special person.
If you are interested, please click here to provide a brief statement of your qualifications and relevant background for this volunteer opportunity.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CASA -- ADVOCATES