Henrico CASA seeks volunteers to serve as child advocates

Information session set for Jan. 30

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold an information session Tuesday, Jan. 30 for people who may be interested in working in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the CASA offices at the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road, suite A. To reserve a seat, contact Rebecca Kalman-Winston at (804) 501-1670 or kal001@henrico.us.

Henrico CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that has worked closely with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for more than 23 years. CASA volunteers serve as a court-designated advocate for minor children involved in cases before the court. They assist case attorneys and judges by providing information about the children’s circumstances.

“Children involved in cases before the court find themselves in frightening, unfamiliar situations. CASA ensures they won’t have to face these challenges alone,” said Barbara Herzog, director of Henrico CASA. “Volunteers truly make a difference. Children supported by CASA receive more services and are more likely to succeed in school. They also spend significantly less time in foster care. What’s that worth to a child? The answer is beyond measure.”

A total of 106 Henrico CASA volunteers advocated for 375 children during fiscal year 2016-17. For more information, go to henricocasa.org.