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IMAGINE

Imagine the experience of children who are removed from their homes, their families, their siblings, and everything they know and care about. They find themselves in a world filled with new sounds, new places, new people, new smells, and new schools while social workers, lawyers, and judges make life-altering decisions on their behalf.

Fortunately, children in our community have court-appointed, trained, and committed, volunteer advocates who ensure that each child’s individual needs remain a priority in an overburdened child welfare system.

A CASA volunteer forms a consistent relationship with a child that provides stability and hope for better days ahead. Oftentimes, a CASA volunteer is the most consistent presence in a foster child's life. In the midst of an unsettled and chaotic time, a CASA is there to ensure a child does not have to navigate the system alone. 

 

CASA volunteers do not have to navigate the system alone, either! Each CASA is paired with an Advocate Supervisor that is trained to navigate the legal system so that you can be the expert on the child and the child's best interests.

QUALIFICATIONS

No special education, experience, or background is required. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life and share a commitment to improving children’s lives, a willingness to learn, and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own. 

 

Voices for Children seeks volunteers of diverse backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression. Currently, there is a high need for Spanish-speaking CASA Volunteers.

A CASA Volunteer Must:

  • Successfully pass extensive screening and background check requirements

  • Be at least 21 years of age

  • Successfully complete 33 hours of classroom training provided by Voices for Children and 3 hours of court observation

  • Make a 12-18 month minimum commitment to a case with an average of 10-15 hours per month invested

  • Understand confidentiality and work within established program guidelines

 

CASA Volunteers provide an objective view of what is in the best interests of the child or children involved in the case. It is an important commitment and a serious role entrusted to Voices for Children and every CASA Volunteer.

HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE

Step one: Attend an online information session

Voices for Children information sessions describe the volunteer program and the process to become a volunteer advocate. You will learn more about the agency, the volunteer role, and the training program. Information sessions are an hour long and are led by Voices for Children staff members.

Please click the button below to select your Info Session date. You will be sent instructions for the info session when your registration is received. 

 

Step two: Submit an Application & Complete an Interview

From there, you will be asked to fill out a CASA Volunteer application and will schedule an interview. The application explores your background and interest in the CASA role.

Voices for Children's Training Manager will contact you to schedule an interview. The interview is an opportunity for CASA staff to get to know you and learn more about why you want to be a CASA. The interview is part of the screening process and ensures a good fit within the program. During the interview, CASA staff will talk through the expectations of the CASA role and answer your questions.

Step three: Complete the Training

Qualified applicants will be invited to attend and complete a 33-hour CASA training. Training classes are offered multiple times a year in both traditional and fast-track settings to meet the needs of all interested in becoming a CASA.

PRE - TRAINING

Voices for Children offers multiple pre-service training courses with both daytime and evening sessions available throughout the year.  

Spring 2024 Pre-Service Training

(Voices for Children Office)

Please note - applications must be submitted prior to January 16th at 4:30 pm to participate in the January  2024 pre-training class.

January 30th

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Session 1

 The CASA/GAL Volunteer Role

February 6th

5:30pm - 9:00pm

Session 3

Trauma, Resilience and Communication Skills

February 10th

9:00am - 11:00am

CASA Training Lab

Confidentiality & Court Report Writing

February 15th

5:30pm - 9:00pm

Session 6

Domestic Violence, Bias & Cultural Competency

February 22nd

5:30pm - 9:00pm

Session 8

Moving Forward as an Advocate

February 1st

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Session 2

 The Well-Being of the Child

February 8th

5:30pm - 9:00pm

Session 4 

Mental Health and Poverty

February 13th

5:30pm - 9:00pm

Session 5

 Substance Abuse, Diversity & Disproportionality

February 20th

5:30pm - 9:00pm

Session 7

Educational Advocacy, Older Youth & LGBTQ Youth

OTHER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Are you seeking other ways to support Voices for Children? We invite you to join VFC ROAR and the Faith Outreach Team. These are volunteers and community partners dedicated to helping Voices for Children CASA of the Brazos Valley connect with the community on a greater level. Plus, there's a ton of fun in helping VFC connect!

 

VFC ROAR offers community members, those with a passion for serving children and families impacted by the child welfare system, short- and long-term volunteer opportunities.

VFC Faith Outreach Team (FOT) is for CASA / VFC ROAR volunteers and community members who are interested in serving as a liaison between their church and Voices for Children.  While much of our work is highlighted during the month of April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month, members of the FOT will have the ability to build relationships year-round with the focus on primary prevention (preventing the abuse before it happens). Voices of Children is an expert in the child welfare system within the five (5) counties we serve; FOT members and their congregations are the experts of their faith.  When it comes to preventing child abuse and neglect, together, we can do more.  For more information, contact CJ Spencer

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