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August 15, 2013

More child advocates are needed

Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire believes that every child deserves a safe, permanent home.

CASA volunteers advocate for children in the state who have been abused. Unfortunately, in the last several months, CASA of NH has had to decline working with some of the children who need advocacy the most due to a shortage of volunteers.

Currently, there are about 400 everyday heroes who voluntarily advocate for kids and youth state-wide with CASA. These amazing volunteers are able to meet the need of about 80 percent of the children and youth who have been abused. Are you in a position to become a CASA volunteer and help us help 100 percent of these children?

Volunteers do not need a legal or social work background. They do need to be 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, ability to attend court hearings approximately every three months, the time to meet with the child once a month and the time to talk with various people involved in the child’s life.

Volunteers are expected to commit to the length of time that it takes for a safe, permanent home to be established for the child or youth. While this amount of time can vary widely, the average length of a case is 22 months.

CASA volunteers become the expert on the child, represent their best interests by making independent and objective recommendations and really make a difference to a child or youth in need.

A comprehensive 40 hours of training is provided prior to taking a case. Every volunteer has a supervisor to answer questions and concerns and provide support.

To be eligible to take the training an application must be completed along with various background checks and an interview.

Applications and further information can be found at casanh.org or call Diane at 626-4600 or email CASA at speakup@casanh.org.

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