FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Randy Dee Roberts, CASA Program Director
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7226 office
VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES FOR ABUSED CHILDREN NEEDED
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Training Begins March 4
SAGINAW, MI - February 18, 2013: With the help of a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a child is half as likely to languish in the foster care system and is more likely to find a safe and permanent home. The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region is offering a training beginning March 4, 2013 for individuals interested in becoming CASA volunteers.
The intense demand upon the foster care and child welfare system limits its ability to adequately protect each abused child. CASA fills the gap by training and supporting volunteers to advocate for the best interests of our most vulnerable children. CASA volunteers work independently as an objective third party and are appointed by judges to individual cases.
Judge Faye Harrison, who presides over Saginaw County’s Family Court says “CASA is an important part of our court’s effort to help children and their families. CASA volunteers help ensure that services are provided, that rights are protected and that children are heard. They help us see the case from the child’s perspective so that the child does not get lost in the legal system.”
People from all walks of life who are at least 21 years old are encouraged to apply to become a CASA volunteer. The next training for new CASAs begins March 4th. Upon completion of training, a CASA can expect to contribute an average of 10 hours each month:
– visiting with his assigned child;
– getting to know everyone in the child’s life including family members, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, and social workers;
– observing parent/child visitations; and
– informing the system of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for him.
To begin the CASA application process, contact Randy Dee Roberts, CASA Program Director, at (989) 752-7226.
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About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through education, awareness, intervention and advocacy. It is the only nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 33 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.