You can help abused and neglected children who are caught up in the complexities of the court system. Volunteer to speak up for a child in court. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or Guardian ad Litem volunteer, your voice can help the Court in finding a safe permanent home for children where they can thrive.
In 1977, Judge David Soukup of Seattle, Washington, first recruited community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in court. Currently, there are more than 937 CASA programs in all 50 states with 50,801 volunteers working on behalf of more than 188,620 children.
Since 1980, more than 30 counties have initiated CASA programs, making a dramatic impact on Ohio’s Juvenile Court system.
1989, Judge Thomas E. Heydinger initiated the volunteer program. In 2005, 19 volunteers advocated for children in more than 100 abuse, neglect, or dependency cases here in Huron County.
As a child advocate the CASA volunteer has three main responsibilities:
CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens. No special legal or social work background is required. CASA volunteers in Huron County agree to a criminal background check and are screened closely for objectivity, competence, and commitment, and then undergo a thorough training course administered by the Program Director. Volunteers learn courtroom procedures from Judges, lawyers, social workers, and CASA staff. They also receive training in effective advocacy techniques for children, and other topics such as early child development and adolescent behavior.
You can help by taking an interest in the lives of children in Huron County and becoming a volunteer advocate.
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For more information on volunteer opportunities or the Program, contact:
Carrie Bischoff, Program Director for CASA of Huron County
Huron County Common Pleas Court
2 East Main Street, Room 102
Norwalk, OH 44857-1534
Phone: (419) 663-2525 ext. 1720
Fax: (419) 663-0944
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm