CASA

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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.

CASA_HF1A_112012Volunteer Training
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.

Advocate Duties
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.

To learn more about what a CASA is, watch this 3 minute video:

 

 

Next CASA Training Class – June -July 2020

  • June 30, July 2, 7, and 9 from 5:30 – 9:30 pm and July 11 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Volunteers can choose to participate in-person or by Zoom
  • Plus, there is reading and activities to do at home
  • Plus, virtual courtroom observation is required – usually on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings
  • Swearing-in ceremony for those who successfully complete training  – on July 17th

 

Volunteer Application – click on the following link to complete your application on-line:  https://tx-fannin.evintosolutions.com/volunteerapplication

Applications are accepted at any time.

For questions:   

  • Email amanda@fanninccc.org
  • Call Amanda McDonald at (903) 583-4339
  • Come see us at 112 West Fifth Street, Bonham, Texas 75418