Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Sept. 10 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.
The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Monday, October 17th at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer advocate must apply by Friday, August 19th, be at least 21 years old, and have regular access to a computer. Applicants will be interviewed, fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks. For information, contact Jeannine Panzera at 804.501.1673 or [email protected]. Applications are available at henricocasa.org.
Henrico CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that has worked closely with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for more than 20 years to serve children in the community. Working typically 10 to 15 hours per month, volunteer advocates gather information on a child’s circumstances to supplement information provided to the court.
The training program prepares volunteers to interview children and others involved in their cases, submit reports to judges and assist case attorneys. Henrico CASA volunteers worked 9,887 hours and served 367 children in fiscal year 2015-2016.
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