Volunteer Advocacy Training Program Supports Child Abuse and Neglect
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Help support children who are victims of neglect and abuse. CASA of The Peak Region is a charity offering a free volunteer training program for those interested in becoming an advocate against child abuse.
On February 15, CASA is hosting a free information session and a free lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. at 1:00 p.m. RSVP is required to attend.
CASA volunteers will undergo an extensive training program before being sworn in as court officers by a judge in the 4th Judicial District.
Upon completion of the program, volunteers are assigned a case with a child or group of siblings and their role is to provide individual advocacy to children who have experienced domestic violence, abuse or neglect.
“What they do is they go and meet a kid a few times a month,” says Keri Kahn, communications manager for the Pikes Peak area. “They get to know the adoptive parents, the biological parents, a therapist, really an adult who has an important role in the life of this child”,
Over a 12 month period, approximately 900 children in the Peaks Pike area require a CASA volunteer.
Volunteers are assigned to an addiction and neglect case and that case will either have a child or a group of siblings.
“Our goal is to serve each of them,” says Kahn. “So we really need more community members to sign up to be CASA volunteers.”
WATCH: My one-on-one interview above this article and find out how you can volunteer.
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