By: Annalisa Ciro, Follow South Jersey Writer
BRIDGETON, N.J.– The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties (CASA of CGS) will host an online information session on January 25 at 6:00 p.m.
The virtual event, which will take place via Zoom, will communicate how community members can make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care as CASA volunteer advocates.
The event will be hosted by CASA of CGS Salem County Advocate Coordinator Cara Zoppina, who will delve into an overview of the nonprofit as a whole, the roles of CASA volunteers, and how to sign up for their online training course in February to join their team of volunteer advocates.
“The upcoming info session is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about our program and how you can change a child’s story in your community,” says Julia Shulzhenko, CASA of CGS Training and Outreach Coordinator. “Especially during these uncertain times, we want everyone to know that we are still accepting volunteers to serve our youth.”
Part of a nationwide network of CASA/GAL programs, CASA of CGS trains volunteers to advocate on behalf of the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect throughout Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties. Advocates go through 30 hours of pre-service training before they are appointed by a judge to their case.
While on a case, CASA volunteers advocate for the child they represent in every facet of their life and make recommendations to the court regarding the child’s best interests. Above all, CASA volunteers are steadfast, consistent presences for the children they serve, making sure they are safe and have the resources and connections they need to grow and thrive.
If you are interested in learning more about how to make a lifelong difference as a CASA of CGS volunteer in your community, email Cara Zoppina at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link for their upcoming information session.
“I hope this info session will help someone take the next steps towards becoming a CASA,” continues Julia. “There is no time like the present!”
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