Upcoming Training Dates:
What is C.A.S.A.?
CASA Café - July 17, 12pm-1pm
Speaker: Darla Daigle, Rape & Suicide
Crisis Center, speaking on Sexual Harassment & Sexual Abuse
RSVP to Mika Benoit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 CASA of Southeast Texas, Inc. | 2449 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77702 | Phone: (409) 832-CASA (2272) | Fax: (409) 832-8260
"My name is Megan Hemmenway. I'm 32 years old, a wife and mother of 4. I decided to become a CASA volunteer after hearing about several child abuse cases on the local news. It stirred something up inside of me, after hearing about the brutality some of these children endured. I wanted to do something to help these children and their parents. The foster care system is broken, but I've found working with CASA, there are a lot of people who care about the welfare of these children. A whole big group of people. We aren't perfect, but we love these kids! I also wanted to help my community and this could be my contribution. If you want change, you have to get up and do it. You can make a difference. You may be the only positive thing in the lives of some of these children. That is what motivates me. Every child deserves to have a loving family that supports them and cheers them on, and I represent them. I'm the voice for these kids who otherwise might be overlooked by a broken system. Becoming a volunteer for CASA has been a tremendous blessing."
New Program for CASA of Southeast Texas
Partner Advocate Training
Partner Advocates will be able to participate in all events, assist in the office and will also be able to accompany trained volunteer advocates on home visits but will not be allowed to manage a case. You will have to undergo confidentiality training, security training, a fingerprint background check and other training to qualify as a Partner Advocate. Once the 2 hour training has been completed, you will also be sworn in by one of the family court judges at one of CASA’s already scheduled volunteer ceremonies.
Contact our office for more information at 409-832-2272, or email our CASA Trainer, Mika Benoit, directly with questions at email@example.com.
Once you are sworn in as a child advocate by a judge, you will be given constant support and guidance by professional staff as you search for information on what is in the child's best interest. You will get to know your CASA child and visit them regularly. You will review their case, gather new data and become familiar with the child's background. Then you will develop a report that is shared in the courtroom. Your recommendations will be considered by the judge when making decisions regarding the child.
As a CASA volunteer, you will be given support guidance, tools, and training from professionals in the field to help you understand and work effectively within the child welfare system. You will develop communication techniques and cultural competency skills, and receive relevant child development training.
CASA Advocate training is on a flex schedule where you will complete some training online as well as in class. Scroll to bottom for forms & more information.
Next Class Orientation
Online Training Begins
In-Class Training Begins
July 29, 9-12
As a child advocate, the CASA volunteer has four main responsibilities:
Being a CASA Volunteer means you:
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