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Want to Make a Difference in a Child’s Life?

Submitted by Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

In our continuing efforts to recruit volunteers that want to make a difference in abused and neglected children’s lives by serving as their voice, Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is seeking individuals that are interested in participating in day-time training sessions. We anticipate this training to be held in January and February 2014, with final dates to be determined based on interest. This opportunity is perfect for retirees, stay-at-home mothers, or those that may have other evening obligations.

The two week training course will take place three days per week. Each day’s session will be approximately 5 – 6 hours, concluding with a swearing-in ceremony at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. If you are interested in attending this day-time training opportunity or want to learn more about the program, please contact Jeannine Panzera at (804)501-1673 or pan01@co.henrico.va.us.

Anyone interested in volunteering must first apply, be at least 21 years old, and have regular access to a computer. Applicants will be interviewed, fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks. Information about the Henrico County CASA is available at www.henricocasa.org.

Henrico CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that works closely with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Working typically 10 to 20 hours per month, volunteer advocates investigate the situations of children who are involved in the court system due to abuse and neglect allegations. The training program prepares volunteers to interview children and others involved in their case, submit reports to judges and assist case attorneys. Henrico CASA volunteers worked 11,006 hours and served 346 children in fiscal year 2012-13.

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