Volunteers needed as child advocates in Henrico courts

Volunteers needed as child advocates in Henrico courts
A volunteer is sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, on July 21. (Source: Facebook/CASA Harrison County)

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - Volunteers are needed in Henrico County to serve as court-appointed child advocates.

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates, or Henrico CASA, is a nonprofit organization that has worked with the court system for 25 years. Volunteers, who typically work 10-12 hours each month, gather information on the child’s circumstances to supplement information given to the court.

Henrico CASA is hosting a virtual information session on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. To register, visit the event’s page.

The organization offers a 14-week training program for new volunteers, starting Saturday, Feb. 6. Classes will be held at Suite A, 3001 Hungary Spring Road, and will be followed by a swearing-in ceremony in March.

Prospective volunteers can apply by Friday, Jan. 15, and must be at least 21 years old and have access to a computer. Volunteers must attend all training sessions, and applicants will be interviewed, fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks.

Henrico CASA served 401 children and donated more than 13,000 volunteer hours during fiscal year 2019-20. For information, contact Rebecca Kalman-Winston at 804-501-1670 or kal001@henrico.us.

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