CASA,which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, recruits, screens, trains and supervises volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children involved in the court system to help secure a permanent, safe home.
Who does CASA serve?
We serve all children in the care of Fannin County Children’s Protective Services.
Volunteers are carefully screened and must complete 34 hours of initial training and 2 hours of courtroom observation before being assigned to a case. Volunteer trainings are generally held twice a year in the evenings in the spring and fall.
Once assigned to a case, volunteer advocates make phone calls and visits with the child, family members, therapists, caseworkers, lawyers, teachers and others involved in the child’s life. Advocates attend court hearings and meetings on behalf of the child and advocate for the child’s best interest. They also prepare written reports for the court which describe the information gathered and recommendations for securing a permanent, safe home for the child. Staff closely supervise each case and are available to assist and advise the advocates as needed.
Next CASA Training Class
2017 Training Dates: Sept 12, 14, 19, 26, Oct 3 & 10
Training Times: 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Plus, there is reading and activities to do at home
Plus, courtroom observation is required – (usually on a Friday morning)
Swearing-in ceremony for those who successfully complete training will be on Friday morning, October 13, 2017.
Volunteer Application – click on the following links to download, print, fill out your CASA Volunteer Application. Return it to the Children’s Center at 112 West Fifth Street in Bonham, TX 75418
If you have trouble downloading any of these documents, you can contact the office to request that we get them to you in a different way.
- Email email@example.com
- Call Sandy Hood at (903) 583-4339
- Come see us at 112 West Fifth Street, Bonham, Texas 75418