Henrico CASA seeks volunteers to serve as child advocates

Two information sessions set for December; training starts Jan. 25

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold information sessions at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 and at noon Wednesday, Dec. 11 for people who may be interested in volunteering to work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

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

Henrico CASA is recruiting volunteers for a free, 14-session training program that will begin Saturday, Jan. 25. Classes will be held at CASA’s offices and will culminate with a swearing-in ceremony at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Henrico CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that has worked closely with the court for more than 24 years. Working typically 10 to 15 hours per month, volunteer advocates gather information on a child’s circumstances to supplement information provided to the court. Henrico CASA volunteers served 383 children by donating 15,500 hours during fiscal year 2018-19.

Prospective volunteers must apply by Friday, Jan. 10, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer. Volunteers must attend all training sessions. Applicants will be interviewed, fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks.

Anyone interested in applying but unable to attend an information session is asked to contact Jeannine Panzera at (804) 501-1673 or pan01@henrico.us. For an application or more information, go to henricocasa.org.

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