+513-732-7160 2400 Clermont Center Drive Suite 204a Batavia, OH 45103

BECOME AN ADVOCATE

The demand for advocates for children in Clermont County continues to grow.  More and more children are being introduced to the court system each day.  In 2013, CASA for Clermont Kids served 231 abused and neglected children thorough the dedication of 55 CASA volunteers, which is approximately 50% of the children in need in our community.  Let your friends, family, coworkers and even strangers know about CASA for Clermont Kids.  Consider supporting the children in our community by joining the 77,012 CASA volunteers nationwide who are currently advocating for the best interests of over 234,000 abused and neglected children in their communities.  Our next training classes start soon! To learn more about becoming an advocate, please contact Nathan Bell at 513-732-7170 or nathan@casaforclermontkids.org.

Qualifications to become an advocate:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Complete a screening, interview and background checks_7003311
  • No criminal record
  • Commit to 3-12 hours of monthly case activity
  • Maintain 2 year commitment
  • Complete 40 hours of pre-service training
  • Complete 12 hours of continuing education annually

Responsibilities of being an advocate:

  • Maintain confidentiality of all case information
  • Obtain first hand a clear understanding of the needs and situation of the child by reviewing all relevant documents and records and interviewing the child, parents, social workers, teachers and other persons to determine the facts and circumstances of the child’s situation.
  • The CASA/GAL shall meet in-person with the child once every 30 days at a minimum.
  • Appear at all hearings to advocate for the child’s best interests and provide court reports which include findings and recommendations.  It may also be necessary to provide testimony on occasion.
  • Advocate for the child’s best interests in the community by interfacing with mental health, educational and other community systems to assure that the child’s needs in these areas are met.
  • Maintain complete records about the case, including appointments, interviews and information gathered about the child and the child’s life circumstances.
  • Participate in all scheduled case conferences with supervisory staff.
  • Provided the GAL Volunteer Coordinator with regular updates as to the status of your case and complete monthly activity logs.

Benefit to the Volunteer:

  • Making a difference in the life of a child.