Henrico CASA seeks volunteers to serve as child advocates

Information sessions set for Aug. 19 and 25; training starts Sept. 8

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold virtual information sessions at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19 and at noon Wednesday, Aug. 25 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 Aug. 19 session or the Aug. 25 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, in-person training program for new volunteers beginning Saturday, Sept. 18. Volunteers must attend all training sessions. Classes will be held at CASA’s offices at 3001 Hungary Spring Road, suite A, and will be followed by a swearing-in ceremony Oct. 20 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. 

Henrico CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that has worked closely with the county’s court system for 26 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 385 children by donating 10,850 hours during fiscal year 2020-21.

Prospective volunteers must apply by Friday, Sept. 3, 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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