Child advocate training begins Sept. 12

Child advocate training begins Sept.  12

The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) of Pike will begin its second round of training on September 12.

National CASA is a non-profit organization that aims to connect children being served by dependency courts with volunteer advocates who collect pertinent information about a child’s case to help the court act in the best interest of the child. CASA has been operating for over 40 years. It has 950 state organizations and local programs in 49 states, with upwards of 93,225 dedicated volunteers, allowing CASA to serve 242,236 children annually.

CASA of Pike County

The CASA of Pike County was established in January of this year to advance the well-being of children in dependency court proceedings. Since its implementation, the program has seen growth and progress. The program recruited and trained 12 Advocate volunteers who are currently serving 19 of Pike County’s dependent children.

The Advocates have been building relationships with their children and presenting the Court with thorough reports on the children’s progress and needs. The Court has provided positive feedback about the information gained by having Advocates appointed to the children of Pike County.

Upcoming CASA Training Session

There are still local children in need of Advocates. There is no typical CASA advocate; volunteers come from all walks of life. A CASA is a trained volunteer, a constant attentive presence.

If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming September training session, contact Dawn M. Allison, Program Director at (570) 296-9827 to extension 1027 or [email protected]

There is no typical CASA advocate; volunteers come from all walks of life.

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