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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Child advocacy program seeks more volunteers

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Franklin County Court Appointed Special Advocate program is recruiting volunteers to serve as advocates for children in the community.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) come from all walks of life, educational backgrounds and professional careers. These individuals are trained community volunteers, appointed by a judge to speak up for children who are involved in judicial proceedings related to abuse, neglect or children in need of supervision or services.

The foundation supporting CASA program operations is that every child has the right to a safe, permanent home, according to Joyce Moran, executive officer.

The role of a CASA is child advocacy. Information is collected and compiled in a report, including case and family history, current family conditions, concerns, and recommendations to ensure children remain safe and have permanent homes.

CASAs also assist guardian ad litems, the child's attorney, monitor each case for compliance with the court's orders, and report their findings back to the court.

Applicants must be 21 years of age, possess mature judgment and have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Applicants must be able to interact with people of various educational and ethnic backgrounds. Volunteers should be objective and non-judgmental and have a sincere concern for the well-being of children.

For more information, an informational session is scheduled for April 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Southern VA Child Advocacy Center. CASA training begins May 5.

Call the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center at 484-5566 for more information.

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