Coweta CASA needs volunteer advocates
Coweta CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates, especially needs volunteers who want to advocate for older youth (ages 14 and up).
The organization will be having a training session for volunteers in August and is planning to soon offer the "Fostering Futures" training for those wanting to work with older youth.
CASA volunteers work as advocates for the best interests of specific children in the foster care system. They are assigned a child and work with that child throughout the system, including going to court, visiting, helping to find family members, and the like. The volunteer training runs Aug. 13 to Sept. 19 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Classes run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is also a court observation period, which takes place during normal business hours. Fostering Futures is a training curriculum put out by National CASA that enhances volunteers' expertise to advocate for older youth. It is an optional training for seasoned volunteers who are particularly drawn to advocating for that age group.
Coweta CASA is offering the training in coordination with Advo-Kids CASA., which serves Fayette, Spalding, Upson and Pike counties, with funding from the Katz Foundation and the National CASA Association.
For more information about the training sessions or about CASA, call 770-253-0046, e-mail Traci@cowetacasa.org or visit CowetaCASA.org .