On Tuesday, July 25, there will be a come and go information session about volunteer opportunities at the Children’s Center from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Any adults interested in volunteering at the Children’s Center can come and get a tour of the center and talk to staff about the various roles volunteers fill at the center. CASA volunteers are needed to be advocates for children in foster care. Volunteers are also need to organize the Rainbow Room, greet families who come to the Children’s Advocacy Center, prepare school supplies for distribution and more.
At last check, 5 children in foster care from Fannin County do not have a CASA volunteer advocate. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. When home is no longer a safe place for a child, a judge may order a child to be removed from their home and assign CASA to be the volunteer advocate for the child.
Once a volunteer advocate accepts a case, they will visit the child regularly. They will also talk with parents, other family, teachers, doctors, therapists, caseworkers, attorneys, foster parents and any others involved in their child’s life. Advocates prepare written reports for the court and attend all court hearings in order to make recommendations to the judge about what is in the best interest of the child. Volunteers advocate for all of the child’s educational, medical, mental health and other needs to be met and to help them find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.
Volunteers are also needed to greet and sit with families who come to the Children’s Advocacy Center for forensic interviews or counseling. At times, volunteers will need to briefly supervise the children while the parents meet privately with CAC professionals.
Volunteers are also needed at the center to sort and organize donations of new clothing, shoes, diapers and other items in the Rainbow Room and in preparation of the center’s annual School Supply Drive.
While attending the volunteer information session on July 25 is strongly encouraged, it is not a requirement to become a volunteer at the Children’s Center.
More about becoming a CASA volunteer or call Sandy Hood at 903-583-4339.
More about other Volunteer Opportunities or call Andrea Rencher at 903-583-4339.