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.
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.