Helping Kids at Risk
Assigned by a Family Court Judge, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are trained community volunteers who monitor and report on the physical health, behavioral health and education needs of children who are in foster care or at risk for foster care. CASA volunteers fulfill their role through telephone and face-to-face contacts with the child, biological and foster parents, case managers and other service providers who are involved in the child’s life. Volunteers can be assigned at any point in the case and remain assigned until permanency – with either the biological or extended family or through adoption – is achieved. Volunteers are also required to commit to one year of service, complete background clearances and attend 30 hours of initial training. Much of the CASA’s work occurs Monday through Friday during regular business hours.
Our upcoming CASA volunteer training schedule begins this April. Deadline for application: April 10, 2018. Training dates: April 17, 24; May 1, 7, 15 (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
For more information, please contact Jackie Boissonnault at 914-345-5900, ext. 7518 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the nearly 600 Westchester County children in foster care, frequent and ongoing contact with their families is critical. Visiting reduces the trauma that children experience by being separated and increases their chances of living in a permanent home. Host Visitation volunteers, or Visit Hosts, are professionally trained community volunteers who support families by supervising and supporting them as they visit one another. Using Coached Visitation, a model developed by Marty Beyer, Ph.D., Visit Hosts guide parents as they cope with their own feelings, respond to the unique needs of their children and build on the strengths in each family. Coached visitation helps parents plan for meaningful visits in a natural and community-based environment whenever possible.
Host Visitation is a contract service through the Westchester County Department of Social Services.
Our upcoming Host Visitation volunteer training takes place this March. Deadline for application: March 2, 2018. Training dates: March 9, 16, 23 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)