Over 275 CASA Volunteers Trained in 2020 to Advocate for Children in Foster Care

| December 22, 2020

By Court Appointed Special Advocates

Statewide, CASA of Arizona has trained over 275 applicants to become the voice for children in foster care in 2020. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are volunteers who fight for the best interests of children currently living out of home who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.

Under normal circumstances, in-person training is offered to new CASA applicants across Arizona in addition to virtual training. CASA of Arizona is currently only offering virtual training to new applicants due to physical distancing and safety precautions.

“CASA of Arizona has gone above and beyond to ensure every new applicant who is able to train virtually through Zoom is comfortable and confident with the new training environment,” states CASA of Coconino County Coordinator Jill Schuldt. “The state trainers take time to work one on one with volunteers who express concerns and help them through this new virtual reality we are all living.”

Virtual training sessions are offered to all CASA applicants in Arizona with multiple days and times to choose from that best fit the applicant’s schedule.

CASA of Coconino County is in critical need to increase the number of dedicated members of the community to step up and become Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers, and help break the cycle of abuse and neglect, through supporting children and families.

Studies show children with a CASA volunteer receive more services that are critical to their well-being than children without an advocate, and those children are more likely to achieve educational success.

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. No specific background or training is needed to become a CASA volunteer. Anyone 21 years of age or older, who can pass a thorough background check and complete 30 hours of free training, is encouraged to apply.

To learn more about becoming a CASA Volunteer, call us at 928-226-5420, email Felicia Bicknell at fbicknell@courts.az.gov or visit our website at www.CASAofCoconinoCounty.org

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