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Advocates for Abused and Neglected Children Needed

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 in Press Releases

Training to be held in May 2016

Wailuku, HI- Maui’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is recruiting volunteers to be trained as advocates for abused and neglected children in the Family Court system.  Interested persons must attend a 30-hour mandatory CASA training program on May 16, 18, 20, 23 and 25 in Wailuku, Maui.  (Candidates must attend training on all these dates.)

After successful completion of the training and criminal background checks, CASA volunteers will be appointed by a judge to represent a child and advocate for the child’s best interest.  Volunteers will gather all pertinent information on the case, submit written recommendations to the judge, and attend court hearings on behalf of the child.

Interested candidates must be at least 21 years old and willing to commit between four to 20 hours per month working on a child’s case.  Volunteers are typically assigned one case at a time and remain on the case until the child is placed in a safe and permanent home, which may take up to 18 months.

If you are interested in volunteering for this program and wish to sign up for the training, please call (808) 244-2729 for more information.

For more information, contact the Communications and Community Relations Office at 808-539-4909 or via email at pao@courts.hawaii.gov.

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