ALBION – To be effective, volunteers must be effectively trained. This is the motivation for several upcoming training sessions offered to volunteers serving Northeastern Indiana CASA.
Training dates will be held on several dates in January. Beginning Monday, January 14th
, sessions will also be held Wednesday, January 16th
and Friday, January 18th
“New volunteers and any current volunteers that feel they need a refresher course can participate in any two days of training,” said Executive Director Kirby Cool.
Additional training is being offered Tuesday, January 22nd
and Thursday, January 24th
. All training dates will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Volunteers do need to adhere to an application and selection process prior to becoming a CASA. However, community members who are interested in learning more about volunteering are encouraged to contact the office or visit the website.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and serves as a nonprofit program recruiting, training and supervising community volunteers who advocate for abused, neglected and/or abandoned children who are dependents of the court, facing judicial proceedings and/or in the child welfare system.
CASA volunteers are trained and then appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of the child. The CASA volunteer then spends time with the child, getting to know him or her while also gathering information from the child’s family, teachers, doctors, care-givers and others who might be involved in their lives.
“I was amazed at how much say we have in the case,” said Judy Rensch, a CASA volunteering with Northeastern Indiana CASA. “The judges really listen to us. That makes me even more motivated to be detailed in my reporting and to really give each case my all. I want to know the ins and outs so that I can really be the best advocate for this child.”
An In-Service Training will be offered to all volunteers Friday, February 1st
. Volunteers wanting to participate in the different training dates offered should contact the office to confirm their attendance. Other interested community members are encouraged to submit their application to be considered as a CASA. Applications can be found online at www.neincasa.net
or by call 260-636-6101.