Henrico CASA seeks volunteers to serve as child advocates

Information sessions set for March 23 and April 1; training starts April 17

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold virtual information sessions at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 and at noon Thursday, April 1 for people who would like to learn about volunteering to work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

Interested individuals can register on Eventbrite for the March 23 session or the April 1 session. For questions or details about the sessions, contact Rebecca Kalman-Winston at (804) 501-1670 or [email protected].

 Henrico CASA will offer a 14-session training program for new volunteers beginning Saturday, April 17. Classes will be held at CASA’s offices, suite A, 3001 Hungary Spring Road; participants must attend all sessions. The training program will be followed by a swearing-in ceremony in May at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Henrico CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that has worked closely with the court for 25 years. Working typically 10 to 12 hours per month, volunteer advocates gather information on a child’s circumstances to supplement information provided to the court. Henrico CASA volunteers served 401 children by donating 13,532 hours during fiscal year 2019-20.

Prospective volunteers must apply by Friday, April 2, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer. 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 Kalman-Winston.

For an application or more information, go to henricocasa.org.

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