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State seeks child advocate volunteers

July 23, 2020

The Office of the Child Advocate – Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Delaware is expanding its efforts to represent the interests of abused and neglected children. The program is seeking qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers.

Trained members of the community are appointed by a Family Court judge to be a voice for Delaware’s abused and neglected children in court proceedings. The CASA volunteer conducts an independent investigation into the child’s life, and provides information and recommendations to the judge. CASA volunteers work with attorneys, social workers, and family members to attain a safe and permanent home for each child.

CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds. They are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment. Each volunteer accepted into the program must complete 30 hours of initial training. Casework supervision is provided by full-time program coordinators.

The problems of child abuse and neglect belong to everyone. Classes are forming now for training statewide. For more information, contact Lauren Brueckner at 302-245-1895 or lauren.brueckner@delaware.gov. To apply online, go to www.courts.delaware.gov/childadvocate/casa/application.aspx.

To report signs of suspected child abuse, call 800-292-9582 or go to www.Iseethesigns.org.

 

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