Upcoming Training Dates:
What is C.A.S.A.?
CASA Café - March 20th, 12pm-1pm
Speaker: James Rodgers, Garth House
RSVP to Mika Benoit at email@example.com.
Being a CASA Volunteer means you:
March Volunteer Spotlight
2015 CASA of Southeast Texas, Inc. | 2449 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77702 | Phone: (409) 832-CASA (2272) | Fax: (409) 832-8260
"I heard about CASA while I was watching an old episode of Dr. Phil. The stories I heard about abused children touched my heart. It was said that anyone could be a voice for the children in court. For me, that was symbolic because my own child who suffers from autism cannot speak for herself. I am used to being her voice in her everyday struggles, and I felt that I could do the same for other children as well. My experience as a CASA Volunteer Advocate has been great so far. I love meeting with the children, and it does my heart good to see them thrive so well during this transition. I have learned so much and have met a wonderful group of passionate people. I recommend that others become a CASA Volunteer Advocate as well because the world needs more acts of kindness. It is good to give back and make a positive influence on the most vulnerable of all, children."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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As a child advocate, the CASA volunteer has four main responsibilities: