CASA needs Volunteers

CASA OF THE EASTERN SIERRA SEEKS
DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS

Inyo and Mono Counties, CA: CASA of the Eastern Sierra, a non-profit collaboration and partnership between Wild Iris Family Counseling and Crisis Center and the Superior Court of California, for the Counties of Inyo and Mono, seeks dedicated volunteers to become CASA advocates on behalf of foster children. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are trained to lift up the needs of the abused or neglected child and to lift up the child’s voice. After training and subsequent appointment by a judge, CASA volunteers are advocates for children whose futures rest in the hands of Juvenile Court judges. CASA volunteers work one-on-one with the foster child, biological and foster parents, teachers, therapists, and others involved in the child’s life. They conduct independent investigations of a foster child’s circumstances, and communicate what the child desires or needs. The CASA’s findings are reported to the Court by the volunteer.
Imagine being a child removed from your parents and placed in the home of a stranger. It’s likely you are confused, frightened, and uncertain as to what the future holds. The Eastern Sierra needs CASA volunteers for children such as these. By building a relationship with the child, CASA volunteers become a consistent and trusted adult in the child’s life. The CASA is trained to provide the child with a sense of security, as well as serving in the critical role of being a voice, eyes, and ears for the child.
Interested volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and willing to commit at least one year to the program. Potential volunteers attend an orientation meeting, are interviewed, undergo a criminal background check, and complete up to 36 hours of free, in-depth training before being sworn as a CASA volunteer. Lisa Reel, Executive Director of Wild Iris and CASA of the Eastern Sierra, declares “CASA volunteers are ordinary people who achieve extraordinary things. People of all backgrounds, careers, ethnicity, cultural experiences, and life experiences are encouraged to apply. You’d be astounded by what a difference a single person can make in the life of a child within our court system.”
The next training is scheduled to occur in February and March, 2015.

Training Schedule
Information and Orientation Meeting 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Day 1, Classroom 9:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015
Day 2, Classroom 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Day 3, Classroom 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Day 4, Classroom 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Day 5, Classroom 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015

Court Observation Thursday, April 2 & Thursday April 23rd

Those who successfully complete the training and screening process may be certified CASAs for both Mono and Inyo Counties. If you are interested in becoming a CASA, please contact Ginnie Bird, CASA Volunteer Coordinator/Case Manager at (760) 873-6601 or gbird@wild-iris.org.

THE NEED FOR COURT APPOINTED ADVOCATES IS GREAT, AS WE HAVE CHILDREN ON A WAITING LIST FOR THEIR OWN CASA IN BOTH INYO AND MONO COUNTIES. PLEASE
CONSIDER THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THESE SPECIAL CHILDREN, AND TO MAKE A FOREVER DIFFERNCE IN THEIR LIVES.

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