Every year more than 500,000 abused and neglected children in the United States are placed in foster care because they are unable to live safely at home. Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they canít, wonít, take care of you. Now into these childrenís lives come dozens of strangers; police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers, and more. Hopefully one of these strangers is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.
CASA volunteers watch over and advocate for these abused and neglected children to make sure they donít get lost in the overburdened child protection and legal systems. They stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many children their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence Ė the one adult who cares specifically about them.
The Second Judicial District CASA Program in Lewiston will be holding training for persons interested in becoming a court advocate for children in abuse and neglect cases. These are cases that are bought before the local court systems serving Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce counties in Idaho as well as Asotin County in Washington.
Training will be held in November in Clearwater County. Interested persons are encouraged to contact the CASA office for applications and further scheduling information. There are no educational background requirements, other than completing the training which consists of approximately 40 hours. CASA volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, pass an extensive criminal background screening, interview and reference check.
For further information contact CASA at 208-746-3378, or toll free 1-888-746-2272. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to request an application for upcoming 2006/2007 pre-service training.