CASA accepting applications for advocates
CASA for Kids is hosting an informational meeting at noon Thursday, Feb. 5, to learn how to become an advocate for a child in foster care. The meeting will be held at the CASA for Kids office at the Gateway Community Center, 1203 U.S. 2 W., Suite 37, in Kalispell.
Enjoy a brief session, meet CASA advocates and staff, while enjoying light refreshments. An RSVP is requested by calling Daniel Verardo at 755-7208 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year, 304 children were involved in Flathead County’s 11th Judicial District Court system through no fault of their own. These children are typically referred to as foster children. Children in foster care need a voice, this is when the CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate, steps in. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and able to pass both criminal and Child Protective Services background checks, complete at least 55 hours of training and make a commitment to remain with their assigned child for the duration of the child’s case. A qualified volunteer will have excellent written and oral communication skills, basic computer skills and a willingness to work with a team.
CASA 101 training begins Feb. 21. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 7. To apply go to flatheadcasa.org and fill out the online application.