Upper Cumberland CASA Needs Volunteers

Children in court custody who have lived with abuse and neglect lack the confidence, understanding and words to express heir needs and wishes to the court.  Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers also known as CASA are the child’s independent voice in court.  Conservatively it is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are victims of abuse. CASA of the Upper Cumberland’s has an ambitious goal–a qualified court appointed advocate available for every victim in the counties they serve.  
CASA conducts volunteer trainings three times a year.  A candidate 21 or older will have a interview scheduled.  References will be contacted and a background check is done.
Approximately 30 hours of training will prepare trainees for advocacy.  Among the topics covered are abuse and neglect past and present.  Investigation guidelines and reports to the court and Case Studies.  After completing course work, the trainee is sworn-in by the judge of juvenile court.  The new CASA advocate then has the court’s authority to speak with, and request information from, anyone who has information about the child’s circumstances.  
The CASA Volunteer Coordinator will match the new advocate to an available case and will provide any support needed as the volunteer advocate gains confidence.  The need for advocates are urgent.  To submit an application go to the website www.uchracasa4children.com or leave a message at 931-520-9540 or email dones @uchra.com