By: Annalisa Ciro
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.J.– Are you looking to give back to your community this holiday season? Unsure of where to start? Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties (CASA of CGS) will host a virtual Q&A session on Facebook Live, delving into how you can help serve children in your community who desperately need your help at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 23.
The event will offer participants a peek into the world of CASA, serving as an overview of the organization, a guide to becoming a volunteer advocate, and a space to receive answers to all CASA-related questions.
“The CASA Q&A’s are a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about our program from the safety of their homes,” Julia Frank, CASA of CGS Volunteer Coordinator said. “During these uncertain times we want everyone to know that we are still accepting volunteers to serve our foster youth.”
Part of a national network, CASA of CGS is a local nonprofit that trains teams of volunteer advocates to speak up on behalf of abused and neglected children in court. CASA’s volunteer advocates are responsible for completing an independent investigation of their assigned case by gathering information about the child’s situation; reporting findings to the court and offering recommendations; and ensuring representation of the child’s best interests by advocating for the child to be placed in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. After undergoing a month-long, self-paced, online training session and completing in-service hours (via on-topic webinars), advocates are ready to serve their community.
Now, more than ever, abused and neglected children in our community need the support and advocacy of a caring adult who will speak up for their best interests and empower them to reach their fullest potential. CASA of CGS is especially looking for Spanish-speaking bilingual advocates to help better serve their Hispanic community, as well as male advocates.
“I hope this info session will help someone take the next steps towards becoming a CASA,” Frank continued. “There is no time like the present!”
If you are interested in learning more about CASA of CGS and are looking to give back to your community, simply join its Facebook Live video at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 23 and ask away!
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