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Training For CASA Volunteers Starts In April
Judge Martin Stone of the Coos County Circuit Court said, “There is a need to elevate the awareness in the community to the plight of abused or neglected children, to encourage more citizens of the county to volunteer as CASAs and to support, train and guide new CASAs as they enter the program. The goal is that every child who enters the juvenile dependency system as the result of abuse or neglect have a trained CASA to advocate for the child’s best interest.”
“Court Appointed Special Advocates” (or CASA’s) are specially trained volunteers who speak for the best interests of children placed in foster care for reasons of abuse or neglect. New CASAs are required to attend 30-hours of volunteer training and an additional 12 hours of training per year. The next training begins Thursday, April 13th for 10 weeks from 5:30 to 8:30pm in the conference room in the ORCCA building, 1855 Thomas Avenue in Coos Bay. Anyone who is interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, call Liz at the CASA office, 541-435-7104.
New CASAs receive direct supervision and guidance from staff and peer coordinators once they have graduated and have been sworn in by the judge. Coos County currently has 42 CASA volunteers serving 91 children and there are 32 children on the waiting list. Approximately 288 children are in foster care. The goal is to have a trained CASA volunteer available to all abused and neglected children. New CASAs are always needed.