As of Tuesday, October 18, 2016
CASA fund-raiser set at The Gallery
GRANGEVILLE — Come to “Casa Uncorked” at The Gallery Wednesday, Oct. 19. Adults 21 and older are invited to paint and sip in a hands-on art class fund-raiser for the Court Appointed Special Advocates program.
Cost is $35 per person and includes one drink, art supplies and snacks. Call Sue at 983-2595 to sign up.
Who speaks on behalf of abused and neglected children? That person could be you.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a volunteer appointed by the court to represent the best interests of abandoned, abused, or neglected children.
“A CASA volunteer will investigate a child’s history, facilitate communication between concerned adults, advocate for services, seek appropriate placement, and ultimately make recommendations to the judge in the child’s best interests,” explained Julie Crothers, CASA program coordinator out of Lewiston. “A concern for children in your community and the belief that all children deserve a safe, permanent home are the qualities shared by a CASA volunteer.”
CASA is not part of the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
“We are the children’s voice,” Crothers emphasized.
Area volunteers are sought for the 2nd Judicial CASA office, which covers Idaho, Lewis, Latah, Clearwater and Nez Perce counties. Currently, at least 23 children are being served in Idaho County.
“Qualifications for a CASA are an interest in children, their rights and needs,” express Crothers. “The time needed to conduct independent investigations and monitor court orders and case plans is necessary as well as the ability to work with children and their families and to communicate in verbal and written forms.”
The requirements of a CASA volunteer are: a successful completion of preservice training that includes both independent and in-class work (provided); volunteers must be at least 21 years of age; and must submit court reports and attend court hearings.
Duties of a CASA are to complete an independent investigation. This includes meeting with the parents and the child, along with contacting various organizations including the Department of Health and Welfare. A CASA volunteer will write a written report of their findings and make recommendations to the court. A volunteer will also attend court hearings and make a determination if the parent or parents are following the case plan that has been filed from the department.
Time commitment for a CASA volunteer can be as little as four hours per month depending on the complexities of the case.
“We have volunteer coordinators who oversee the writing of court reports and all court hearings,” Crothers said.
Those interested in becoming a CASA should call Crothers at 746-3378, write PO Box 1463, Lewiston, ID 83501, or e-mail email@example.com.