Henrico CASA seeks volunteers to serve as child advocates

Information sessions set for Jan. 12 and 13

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold virtual information sessions at noon Wednesday, Jan. 12 and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 for individuals who would like to learn about volunteering to work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

Registration links and details about the information sessions are available on the CASA website. Individuals with questions can contact Trish Stewart at (804) 501-1672 or ste118@henrico.us.   

 A training program is scheduled to begin in February; prospective volunteers should apply by Friday, Jan. 21. Volunteers are screened and will learn how to advocate for a child or sibling group.

 “CASA volunteers support children who have been abused or neglected during an uncertain time,” said Henrico CASA Executive Director Jeannine Panzera. “They are a consistent presence and speak up for the child’s best interests in court and in the community. It’s a unique opportunity to make a true, positive difference in a child’s life.”

More than 100 Henrico CASA volunteers served 385 children in 2021. The organization is experiencing a 40% increase in the number of children referred for court advocacy.  

Henrico CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that has worked closely with the county’s court system for more than a quarter century. More information is available at henricocasa.org.

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