CASA of Greene County
10 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Website: www.greenecountycasa.org / Facebook: facebook.com/GreeneCountyCASA /Main Number: 724-833-2615 / Email: email@example.com
The mission of CASA of Greene County is to advocate for the best interest of neglected and abused children involved in dependency court proceedings to ensure that they are in safe, permanent homes as soon as possible and that their needs are met while they are in foster care. The mission is accomplished by recruiting, training, and supervising community volunteers who act as court-appointed advocates for these children.
CASA of Greene County was established in 2018, with the first round of volunteer advocates being trained and sworn-in in November 2018, and taking on cases that December. They currently have 15 trained volunteer advocates with 11 of those volunteers being active. With the 11 active volunteers, they serve 24 children (approximately 20% of fostered youth in Greene County). It is their goal as a program to be serving 100% of these children. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, pass necessary background checks, submit an application, provide references, participate in an in-person interview, complete our 30-hour training, and have a passion for helping children.
CASA is a new non-profit organization to Greene County but the difference they have already made for the abused and neglected children they are serving is already showing. One of the children who has a Court Appointed Special Advocate was asked by another service program to complete a vision board. On this vision board, he chose to speak about CASA, saying that he realized he grew up in an unstable home but aspires to become a CASA Advocate to help children like himself and show them the same support he received from his advocate. At CASA of Greene County, you have the chance to give a child hope and change their story.
It is CASA’s mission to advocate for children who have been abused and neglected. They accomplish this mission through the use of community volunteers. Volunteer advocates are asked to investigate relevant facts related to the child and report them to the Court, advocate for the child in the courtroom, identify resources and services that would be in the child’s best interest, and ensure court orders and services are being followed through until the child is in a safe, loving, and permanent home. As a volunteer, they ask for a minimum of 18-months of service, as this is the average time a child spends in care, and should expect to spend approximately 12 hours per month on your case.
CASA of Greene County is always seeking volunteers. To become certified, volunteers are required to be at least 21 years of age, pass necessary background checks, participate in an interview, complete 30 hours of training provided by CASA, and have a passion for helping children. There are no career background requirements to become a CASA. For more information about enrolling in our Fall training session, call Rebecca Matchett, CASA of Greene County Program Director, at (724) 833-2615, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website.