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You can help abused, neglected and abandoned children across the state by getting involved with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) network.
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When a child enters the child welfare system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or a CASA volunteer, to speak up for the best interests of the child in family court and other settings.
As a CASA volunteer, you will make a real difference for abused and neglected children by giving them a voice and providing a stable influence in their lives. You will serve as the eyes and ears of the court to promote the safety and well-being of children in the protective services system. To ensure you understand your role, special training and supervision will be provided before you are assigned a case.
Data shows that children who are assigned a CASA volunteer advocate are more likely to:
Find a safe, permanent home
Spend less time in foster care
Have fewer moves between foster placements
Do better in school
Receive the services they need
Avoid re-entry into foster care
CASA programs are positively impacting the lives of abused and neglected children.
What Do CASA Volunteer Advocates Do?
Volunteer responsibilities include:
- Spending a significant amount of time with a child to build a relationship and gain his or her trust
- Exploring all aspects of the child’s life and gather information from everyone involved, including family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and other relevant persons
- Ensuring the child has access to needed services, i.e. medical, education and housing
- Accompanying the child to court to advocate for their needs and rights
- Providing a comprehensive picture of the child’s life to the judge when the case goes to court
- Promoting safety and bringing a sense of urgency to the child’s needs
- Committing to advocate for the child’s best interest until he or she reaches a safe, permanent home
CASA volunteer advocates must:
- Be willing to commit several hours of your time each month for at least one year
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Participate in an in-depth training program
- Participate in an in-service training
- Pass criminal and DHR history background checks
- Be over age 21
Take the First Step
Are you ready to speak up for children in need?
TOGETHER WE WILL improve the lives of
abused and neglected children in the Wiregrass Region.
If you’re looking for ways to support CASA and the vulnerable children we serve, but aren’t in a position to become a volunteer advocate—don’t worry. There are several other ways you can help:
Become a non-advocate volunteer:
Creative ways to help your local CASA programs are endless and very welcome. Please contact our office if you are interested in volunteering as a non-advocate.
- Help with administrative tasks in your local CASA office
- Set up a luggage, gas card, or office supply drive
- Assist with filing or data entry
- Donate office space to a CASA program in your community
- Volunteer to be on our events team
- Make or purchase birthday and/or Valentine cards for CASA kids that your local program staff can deliver
- Organize a “Blue Jeans” day at your office where employees pay $5 to wear jeans; proceeds go to CASA
Make a financial contribution:
Your tax-deductible donation enables us to advocate for more children in need. There are several ways and opportunities to give:
- Make an individual donation
- Supplement your contribution with a matching gift from your employer
- Donate in memory or honor of a family member or friend
- Give a donation to commemorate a special event
- Sponsor an Event
- Make a recurring donation of $10/month
CASA of the Wiregrass Region Sponsors
Careers with CASA of the Wiregrass Region
CASA of the Wiregrass Region provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), color, race, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, family care status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis protected by federal and state laws.
CASA of the Wiregrass Region
Houston and Henry County
Salary Range: $38,000 – $42,000
Location: Houston and Henry County
Reports to Wiregrass Region Board of Directors
In accordance with Alabama CASA and National CASA standards and operating procedures, the Executive Director is ultimately responsible for the overall management of the local program’s operations. The Executive Director is a full-time leader responsible for overseeing staff, programming, strategic planning, fiscal health, community outreach and overall vision of the organization. The ideal candidate will successfully move this organization forward with the support of an engaged Board of Directors. Previous experience in the non-profit sector with regards to large-scale program development, board of directors, fiscal development and management, and leadership is a plus.
Serves as the primary coordinator of court appointed special advocate (CASA) services. Meet with staff to discuss plans, volunteer recruitment, and operations. Responsible for the training and supervision of CASA staff and volunteers. Provides community awareness and educational activities. Attend and work with national and state CASA programs through conferences, trainings, and meetings. Evaluate program accomplishments, problems, and needs within the service area.
Court Liaison & Organizational Awareness
Supports local program with case assignments and relationship building with DHR and court officials.
Assist with program evaluation standards compliance and quality assurance. Works in collaboration with the state executive director and appropriate court official in areas of resource development, planning
and public awareness. Provides support for state-wide events and activities.
Community & Public Relations
Coordinate public relations with the purpose of recruiting volunteers and increasing public awareness of the CASA program and its goals and activities. Develop and maintain relationships with all appropriate groups, agencies, and organizations. Identify available human resources for children and families.
Hire and supervise advocate coordinator(s). Assist in writing and revising job descriptions as needed.
Prepare yearly performance evaluations for advocate coordinator(s). Attend all Board of Directors (BOD) meetings. Serve as liaison between BOD and staff.
Record Keeping & Reporting
Prepare program reports and statistics for submission as required for granting reporting to include
approval and review of document, i.e. timesheets, mileage and volunteer hours. Work with advocate
coordinator(s) to maintain database (Optima) for both volunteer and case files.
Grants & Fundraising
Create and implement a development strategic plan to increase funding sources. Develop and manage fundraising projects and activities. Cultivate relationships with stakeholders, businesses, foundations
and other organizations to establish residual giving and additional revenue opportunities. Manage donor relations and prospects to activate new charitable giving. Ensure accurate audit trail is maintained for all stakeholder engagement and all contact/activities are recorded in a database.
Screen potential volunteers in accordance with Alabama CASA protocol. Plan and implement training for new volunteers. Conduct in-service training for volunteers. Assign cases and provide guidance and
feedback through regular communication with volunteers. Review and approve reports submitted to the court for each hearing. Ensure individual case preparation for the representation of the best interests of assigned children in court proceedings. Complete or review annual evaluations on volunteers. Resolve casework or interpersonal problems among the volunteers and/or case managers. Identify and
recognize contributions of the volunteers and staff.
- Some travel will be required; other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration with a minimum of three years related experience in administration of volunteer, non- profit, or public service agency, or bachelor’s degree In social work, psychology, or related area with requisite experience in administering an organization or division involved in human social services. Candidates will demonstrate strong skills in fiscal management, resource development, and maintenance, agency and program planning, and public relations. Previous experience working with volunteers and knowledge and understanding of child abuse and neglect, families in crisis, and other social services skills are given priority.
- Be a team-player and support co-workers.
- Business casual attire appropriate for office environment.
- Some travel required; proof of Alabama driver’s license and car insurance (required)
Candidates must successfully complete the local and federal criminal background checks, sex offender background checks, and Child Abuse Registry clearances.
EEO POLICY STATEMENT
The Alabama CASA Network provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), color, race, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, family care status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual
orientation, gender identity, or any other basis protected by federal and state laws.
Please submit Cover Letter, Resume, and reference to the Board of Directors Vice- President, Peggy Contreras, at P.O. Box 310948 Enterprise, AL 36331
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