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Court Appointed Special Advocate

Court Appointed Special Advocate

CASA of Shawnee County

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501 SE Jefferson, Ste. 2002  | Topeka, KS 66607   |  Shawnee County

Dates: ongoing


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Role(s): Child Advocate
Requirements: 21+, training and background checks
Description: CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings. Responsibilities may include:

* Gather information: Review documents and
records, interview the children, family members
and professionals in their lives.

* Document findings and appear in court: Provide
written reports at court hearings. Advocate for the
child’s best interests and provide testimony when

* Help the child understand the court proceedings.

* Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and
organizations involved in the children’s lives.

* Ensure that the children and their family are
receiving appropriate services and advocate for
those that are not immediately available.

* Bring concerns about the child’s health,
education, mental health, etc. to the appropriate

Background check required.

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